Dying for a degree

December 3, 1999

An interesting new report from the Annals of Improbable Research, compiled by Mike Adams of Eastern Connecticut State University.

He claims that years of study have revealed that a student's grandmother is far more likely to die suddenly just before the student takes an exam than at any other time of year.

The "dead grandmother/exam syndrome", he suggests, shows family members "literally worry themselves to death over the outcome of their relatives' performance". Improbable? Surely not.

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