What science plays fast and loose with

We've all been there: we're playing super fast and we suddenly realize, what's better than playing fast? Playing fast AND loose! Well, a handful of scientists have also realized this and decided to publish papers on the very topic. Or at least they decided that the phrase "playing fast and loose" deserved to be in the title of their paper.

This represents all title search results on  Web of Science  for "playing fast and loose."

This represents all title search results on Web of Science for "playing fast and loose."

In the spirit of playing fast and loose, three separate articles were simply called Playing fast and loose. I guess the authors felt that what the titles lacked in specificity, they'd make up for in irony. And at least one economist, writing in the journal History of Political Economy, felt that somebody had committed the high crime of "Playing Fast and Loose with the Facts About the Writings of Malthus and the Classical School." I mean, someone was bound to sooner or later...

And, I know I should probably say something about playing fast and loose with reorganization energies for protein-to-protein electron-transfer and interfacial dynamics, but I can't. The paper itself is on "binding equilibria and binding dynamics... obtained for several systems: cytochrome c:cytochrome c peroxidase (CCP), cytochrome c:cytochrome b5, and hemoglobin:hemoglobin reductase." So... pretty fast and loose...