The effect of the 'Mayan Doomsday' on clinical trials

By Grant Jacobs 12/12/2012

Released on December 11th by the Canadian Medical Association Journal is a theoretical study, The Mayan Doomsday’s effect on survival outcomes in clinical trials.[1]

This open-access paper explores the possible effects of the upcoming apocalypse on measurements of survival rates of clinical trials.

Following the lead of Louis Pasteur (‘Where observation is concerned, fortune favours only the prepared mind.’), the sole author’s examination laments that ‘any adverse events would not be able to be recorded owing to “the mother of all adverse events,” and any statistical significance between study arms would be lost’ and furthermore suggests zombies are to rule:

despite censoring for major known sources of bias (e.g., astronauts currently aboard the international space station, as well as zombies, the undead, the Grateful Dead, Dungeons and Dragons players, men who have read Fifty Shades of Grey and other similar beings likely to be unaffected by the apocalypse), the obliteration group does not fall to 0.

Readers are invited to read the full text on the CMAJ website 🙂


Also: How many readers noticed that earlier today is was 12:12:12 12/12/12 ?

1. Filed under ‘Holiday reading’.

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0 Responses to “The effect of the 'Mayan Doomsday' on clinical trials”

  • About that date, the 12/12/12. Few alive today will live to see another repetitive date of this kind.

    (Unless science (fiction) intervenes and we find a means to live much longer lives!)

  • “zombies, the undead, the Grateful Dead, Dungeons and Dragons players, men who have read Fifty Shades of Grey”


    Thank you – really needed a giggle. That is one fun paper 🙂 Nice to see evidence that scientists have an excellent sense of humour.