Publishing a scientific paper to get out of a speeding ticket. #ScienceFTW

by David Ng

This is freakin’ awesome! The story goes that this paper was used to get out of a speeding ticket, by being able to show reasonable doubt for his offence. Although the paper was released on April Fools, it would appear that perhaps it’s still real (link)

TITLE: The Proof of Innocence

AUTHOR: Dmitri Krioukov

ABSTRACT: We show that if a car stops at a stop sign, an observer, e.g., a police ocer, located at a certain distance perpendicular to the car trajectory, must have an illusion that the car does not stop, if the following three conditions are satis ed: (1) the observer measures not the linear but angular speed of the car; (2) the car decelerates and subsequently accelerates relatively fast; and (3) there is a short-time obstruction of the observer’s view of the car by an external object, e.g., another car, at the moment when both cars are near the stop sign.

SINGLE SENTENCE SYPNOSIS: A way to fight your traffic tickets.

LINK: http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.0162 | PDF: click here


Going to guess there aren’t too many method sections that rely on a Subaru versus Toyota system.