I’m currently reading a philosophy of science dissertation. At one point, the dissertation mentions an old behavioral ecology paper, Milinski 1987. Which is weirdly pleasing to me–because I happen to know a lot about that paper! Back when I was an undergrad in 1993, I took an animal behavior course. I had to write a term paper on a then-current controversy in animal behavior. I wrote about Milinski 1987 and follow-up experiments by others.
In the comments, share your own stories of random knowledge or specialist expertise that no one would expect you to have. 🙂