ESPN’s chief bloviator, Stephen A. Smith, is usually the loudest guy in the room but he’s not always the sharpest tool in the shed.
He’s also remarkably bad at picking NBA Finals winners. Like comically, preposterously, impossibly bad.
In 2011, he picked the Heat to beat the Mavericks; then the Mavs beat the Heat.
In 2012, he picked the Thunder to beat the Heat; the Heat then beat the Thunder.
In 2013, he picked the Spurs to beat the Heat; the Heat then beat the Spurs.
In 2014, he picked the Heat to beat the Spurs in their finals rematch; the Spurs won this time.
In 2015, he picked the Cavaliers to beat the Warriors; the Warriors ended up beating the Cavs.
In 2016, he said the Warriors would beat the Cavs; this time, the Cavs beat the Warriors in their rematch. Read more…
For scientists and researchers, getting papers published in respected journals is critical for their careers.
So it’s a good thing that Dr. Olivia Doll, respected authority and academic, is intimately involved in curating journals within the medical community. She sits on seven different editorial boards for journals focused on everything from drug abuse to respiratory medicine.
She also looks like this.
Yes, Dr. Doll is a 5-year-old Staffordshire terrier whose real name is Ollie.
Mike Daube, Ollie’s owner, is a public health expert and professor at Curtin University in Australia. He decided to create a fake academic background and persona for his dog, and use it to apply for positions on editorial boards because he wanted to draw attention to the plethora of sham academic journals that exist. Read more…