Further, while Stack and Gundlach found a relationship between amount of country music airtime and suicide rates... they have not accounted adequately for directionality... Likewise, one cannot determine ... whether listening to country music tends to cause their noncountry music fan spouses to divorce them.
I'm know for a fact that this is an important issue, because I'm almost certain that the main reason I am not married is that I am a Hank Williams fan. "There's a tear in my beer, 'cause I'm cryin' for you dear."
And while we're on the topic of amusing research, who can forget the geographers who tested the theory that Kansas is as flat as a pancake? The results? Kansas is, in fact, flatter than a pancake! Though one potential methodological flaw was their use of IHOP pancakes. It's well known among cheap chain-diner denizens that Denny's has flatter pancakes. I only wish Waffle House had pancakes. I'm sure they'd be flat, and I could listen to Hank on the jukebox while I ate them.