Series creator Mike Judge on Wednesday tweeted a link to what he claimed was a Stanford research paper breaking down the math behind the joke, in which characters discuss, at length, the science of masturbating a room full of tech nerds:
The dick joke in the finale, explained in further scientific detail with help from our Stanford research team: http://t.co/fFd2a2O7Ez
— Mike Judge (@MikeJudge) June 11, 2014
But the paper, which is titled "Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency," also appears to be authored by two of the show's characters, Dinesh Chugtai and Bertram Gilfoyle, suggesting this is not exactly peer-reviewed science. One of the show's actors claims it is legitimate, but then he is a comedian.
It is true that Judge got real Stanford researchers to dream up a fictional mathematical formula used in the series. And the "authors" of the fictional Stanford paper profusely thank somebody named Vinith Misra, which also happens to be the name of a PhD candidate in Stanford's electrical engineering department.
Here are all 12 pages of the the paper, complete with a graph on the final page that charts "Performance" against "Variance of girth, shaft length, and leg length":
Who says dick jokes can't be smart?