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One of the more bizarre papers I have come across...

...is written by Oleg McNoleg,published in the peer-reviewed journal, Computers & Geosciences. Oleg is affiliated with the prestigious Brigadoon University of Longitudinal Learning, School of Holistic Information Technology, situated in Noplace, Neverland. The title of the paper: The Integration Of GIS, Remote Sensing, Expert Systems And Adaptive Co-Kriging for Environmental Habitat Modeling of the Highland Haggis using Object-Oriented, Fuzzy-Logic and Neural-Network Techniques(phew).

So, what does Oleg McNoleg have to say about the habitat of the Highland Haggis? But firstly, what is a Haggis? A Haggis is a mythological Scottish creature that vaguely reminds me of the misconceptions associated with lemmings. McNoleg writes:

The Highland Haggis is unique amongst all mammals in that it has a pair of legs (either left or right) that are shorter (longer) than the other pair... It is a sad consequence that each year, many fledgling Haggis die whilst attempting to move upslope...

McNoleg then dives into the theoretical aspects of incorporating various geographical techniques to model the habitat of the Highland Haggis. This, of course, includes the insertion of data from a digital elevation model (DEM) that is hierarchically decomposed (?) into a Polymorphic Euclidean Adaptive Region tree (PEARtree - see figure) - of course. Then, McNoleg provides a mathematical framework for modeling Haggis habitats using geophysical data because "It has become customary for papers to contain copious quantities of gratuitous mathematics (Heckbert, 1987 Well and Du, 1993; Rull, 1993)" where Heckbert (1987) is titled 'Ray tracing in jello brand gelatin', Rull (1993) is titled, 'BARRY: An autonomous train-spotter', and there is no reference for Well and Du (1993).

After the theory has been established, what are the results of this study?

Honestly, this may be the most glorious Academia Bizarro entry thus far. Hats off to Oleg McNoleg for this wonderfully entertaining paper, chockfull of ridiculous and bizarre references/ideas. You must read it in its entirety to fully grasp the depth of this article. Also, hats off to the editor(s?) of Computers & Geosciences for okaying publication (full disclosure - I was rejected from this journal!) Funnily enough, the Haggis paper has been cited 29 times and I have a hunch to whom the nom de plume, Oleg McNoleg, belongs. Hat tip to Lars Beierlein for bringing this article to my attention!