Did you actually read all the works you cited in your high school and uni papers? If not, you're probably not the only one. Because a non-existent paper seems to have been cited over four hundred times by supposedly reputable research.
Some scientific journals will publish literally anything for a price. That includes a meme-filled paper by "Lucas McGeorge" and "Annette Kin" referencing "midi-chlorians". Yes, George Lucas' attempt to explain feeling the Force with faux biology is now published "scientific research".