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Experts in the odd: Academics search out weird niches

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Michael Brown, a journalism professor at the University of Wyoming, has, through research, become an expert on how the media covers Martians. (Courtesy of Michael Brown)

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Allan Peterkin, a psychiatrist and Professor at the University of Toronto, has a book on the history of beards. (Courtesy of Arsenal Pulp)

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Whether it's researching the history of roller coasters or of professional wrestling, or of beards, scholars are directing their areas of research into the weird.