Dear Fellow Scientist:

This letter has been around the world at least seven times. It has been to many major conferences. Now it has come to you. It will bring you good fortune. This is true even if you don't believe it. But you must follow these instructions: Within one year, you will be cited up to 10,000 times! This will amaze your fellow faculty, assure your promotion and improve your sex life. In addition, you will bring joy to many colleagues. Do not break the reference loop, but send this letter on today.

Dr. H. received this letter and within a year after passing it on she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Prof. M. threw this letter away and was denied tenure. In Japan, Dr. I. received this letter and put it aside. His article for Trans. on Nephrology was rejected. He found the letter and passed it on, and his article was published that year in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the Midwest, Prof. K. failed to pass on the letter, and in a budget cutback his entire department was eliminated. This could happen to you if you break the chain of citations.
  1. Miller, J. (1992).
    Post-modern neo-cubism and the wave theory of light. Journal of Cognitive Artifacts, 8, 113-117.
  2. Johnson, S. (1991).
    Micturition in the canid family: the irresistable pull of the hydrant. Physics Quarterly, 33, 203-220.
  3. Anderson, R. (1990).
    Your place or mine?: an empirical comparison of two models of human mating behavior. Psychology Yesterday 12, 63-77.
  4. David, E. (1994).
    Modern Approaches to Chaotic Heuristic Optimization: Means of Analyzing Non-Linear Intelligent Networks with Emergent Symbolic Structure. (doctoral dissertation, University of California at Santa Royale El Camino del Rey Mar Vista by-the-sea).
  5. Trurl, Klapaucius (1974).
    Recursive Beta-Metafunctions in the Special Case of a Bogus Polypolice Transmogrification Conversion on an Oscillating Harmonic Field of Glass Bells and Green Gig, Kerosene Lamp on the Left to Divert Attention, Solved by Beastly Incarceration-Concatenation. Published in The Cyberiad Journal, and subsequently exploited by the tabloids.
  6. Jim Crump, Jr. and Julia Crump (1989).
    Stallion Ejaculation Induced by Manual Stimulation of the Penis. Journal of Theriogenology, Vol 31 No 2, February 1989.
  7. Chip Morningstar (1993).
    How to Deconstruct Almost Anything, My Postmodern Adventure. Trip Report on the Second International Conference on Cyberspace, Santa Cruz, California, dude.
  8. Hopkins, Don (1989).
    The Shape of PSIBER Space: PostScript Interactive Bug Eradication Routines. University of Maryland Department of Research Simulation.