> I doubt that a mag like The Economist would publish a prank report,
> although I will admit that editors or reputable magazines have been
> fooled before.
Correct. It's no prank and april fool's day is April 1st in Sweden. I
haven't seen the article in the Economist, but different Swedish media
has reported about it. It's the result of two years' of research at a
Swedish university, published in a Licentate thesis by Leonid Kuzmin
In Sweden, a Licentiate thesis is something that you write half-way
between Master of Science and Ph.D. degree. Compared to a Ph.D.
thesis, there is not the same high requirements for having it reviewed
vy and defended "against" experts in the field.
Interesting results, anyway.
You find more about his results and ski-preparation-tips (in English)
I don't know if the thesis is written in English, but you have his
e-mail address on the above web page so if you're interested you can
ask him if he has more detailed material (or the entre thesis in