publication date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (part of Summer 2018)

category: Hoaxes

clue: For all of his published scholarly works, he has yet to author a paper on felis domesticus.

explanation: Willard was a housecat given credit for co-authoring a physics paper published in a science journal in 1975. The alias (the cat's actual name was Chester) has continued to be used humorously by scientists ever since. more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, and Matthew Preston


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