If less than five people did a certain thing, then is it not the case that five or more people did that thing? It depends on the thing.
That’s what I would reply to the question posed in this hilarious AskReddit thread: “PhD’s of Reddit: What is a dumbed down summary of your thesis?”
There are some real gems in there. Some of them actually managed to teach me something:
Making new magnets from old magnets because we’re running out of magnets.
People trying meditation for the first time get aroused.
Others, less so:
Sand washes away. Don’t build important stuff on it.
The funniest ones (to me) are the ones that subtly convey (by implicature or by presupposition, it appears) that their dissertation was a disaster, pointless, inconclusive, etc.
You can make antimatter move in strange ways if you set your equipment up wrong.
Does music express emotions or just elicit them? Read the next 200 pages to not find out.
People sometimes think about animals as if they’re people. People like those animals a little more than regular animals. Except when they don’t. I can’t believe they gave me a PhD.
Be sure to also check out lol my thesis for more hilarity.
Bonus summary: If less than five people did a certain thing, then is it possible that no one did that thing? It still depends on the thing.