Imagine reading a study from a prestigious science journal and finding out that the scientists performed and wrote the study as a joke.

Other years you might have found it funny.

But what if the joke was so arcane that only the scientist got it?

Every year around Christmastime, the British Medical Journal releases an issue allowing comically-minded scientists a chance to show off their ability to have a good time.

The BMJ has been publishing joke issues for at least 30 years, according to a New York Times report, to add some fun to the otherwise stuffy world of science publishing.

The reports are said to meet the same rigorous scientific standards as the rest of the journal s articles but are often more lighthearted in content than the usual output, or produced with comedic intent and contain a dose of sarcasm.

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