Shoe-throwing at weddings, the great untied-shoelace experiment, washing machines that go wandering, the fullness of empty picture frames, and the capacity of the nose — all these all turn up in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.
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This week, Marc Abrahams tells about:
- Shoe-throwing at weddings. (“Shoe-Throwing at Weddings,” James E. Crombie, Folklore, vol. 6, no. 3, 1895, pp. 258–81.. Featuring dramatic readings by Robin Abrahams.)
- The great untied shoelace experiment. (Mörth, Ingo (2007). ‘The Shoe-lace Breaching Experiment.’ Figurations: Newsletter of the Norbert Elias Foundation 2 (27): 4–6. / Elias, Norbert (1967). ‘Die Geschichte mit den Schuhbändern.’ Die Zeit, 17 November. Featuring dramatic readings by Jean Berko Gleason.)
- Washing machines that go wandering. (Conrad, Daniel C., and Werner O. Soedel (1995). ‘On the Problem of Oscillatory Walk of Automatic Washing Machines.’ Journal of Sound and Vibration 188 (3): 301–14. / Whiteman, Wayne E. and Kip P. Nygren (1999). ‘Basic Vibration Design to Which Young Engineers Can Relate: The Washing Machine.’ Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education, Charlotte, N.C., 20–23 June, session 3268. Featuring dramatic readings by Richard Baguley.)
- The fullness of empty picture frames. (“Empty Photographic Frames. Punctuating the Narrative,” Nancy Pedri, Image and Narrative, vol 15, no. 2, 2014, pp. 60-76.. Featuring dramatic readings by Sue Wellington.)
- Capacity of the nose. (Naftali, Sara, Moshe Rosenfeld, Michael Wolf, and David Elad (2005). ‘The Air-Conditioning Capacity of the Human Nose.’ Annals of Biomedical Engineering 33 (4): 545–53. / St. Laurent, Robert, and Jacques Larochelle (1994). ‘The Cooling Power of the Pigeon Head.’ Journal of Experimental Biology 194: 329–39. Featuring dramatic readings by Richard Baguley.)
The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.
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