Two professionally related ones:A digest of amusing biomedical papers
as judged from their PubMed abstracts. Recent gems: "Impact of wet underwear on thermal regulatory responses and thermal comfort in the cold"; "Pigs learn what a mirror image represents and use it to obtain information." There's a definite intent to use (perfectly good, scientifically valid) papers for humor value, but sometimes the scientific curiosity factor outweighs the mocking factor.
A surprising site looking at duplication in scientific articles
. These researchers identified scientific papers with overlapping text. In some cases, they appear to be serial papers by the same authors, updating an ongoing study. In other cases, they appear to be plagiarism. Sometimes it's the sort of lifting of explanatory text that you'd, sadly, expect. But occasionally, there's extreme plagiarism, with two papers having almost identical results sections with the same numbers of patients with each outcome, allegedly conducted in different places at different times and with absolutely no authors in common. There's a database you can search by various means, including author. I have to admit that I searched on my name and was relieved to find that no one appears to have 'borrowed' text from any of my papers.
Harry Potter as filtered through 80s-era teen movies/TV with associated cast lists:Saved by the Spell or Accio to the Future
H.P. Lovecraft for the pre-school set:The Adventures of Lil Cthulhu
Steven K. Brust writes to Miss Manners
(no kidding), and her response sparks a lively discussion on his blog.
p.s. I am unsurprised that the spell check doesn't know Cthulhu, PubMed, or Accio, but blog