Ted Doiron, senior author of the report Length Metrology of Complimentary Small Plastic Rulers, has just written us about this week’s newspaper column, which describes that monograph:
Only the Internet would allow a small, and slightly silly, work from 1994 to show up in a newspaper 17 years later. I am thrilled with your article about our ruler study. My son, and co-author, had just graduated from Robert Frost Middle School, and he spent the summer measuring rulers. It was a high budget project that cost me a Coke and bag of Fritos for every ruler measured. Sometimes health takes a back seat to Science.
Thank you again.
BONUS: Ted reminds us of something for which we are very grateful, and of which we had not realized he was a part: Ted was one of the people who helped save the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony in 1995 when someone was waging a small, intense war to kill it. Ted says: “Among the many things on my office walls is a framed ‘FIG Friend of the Ig, 1995‘ certificate.” Thanks again to Ted Doiron, and to all the other people who valiantly helped save the Ig.