Amidst the vastness of a study on old French pig postcards, there is an image from a once-famous, now-somewhat-neglected way to teach drawing. The pig postcard study is: “Visions of Pork Production, Past and Future, on French Belle Époque Pig Postcards,” Michael D. Garval, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. 14, no. 1, Spring 2015. The drawing […]
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A new, stimulating study of cats is aimed at assisting human women. The study is: “Vaginal Lubrication and Pressure Increase Induced by Pudendal Nerve Stimulation in Cats,” Jialiang Chen, Yihua Zhong, Jicheng Wang, Bing Shen, Zhijun Shen, Jonathan Beckel, William de Groat, Christopher Chermansky, Changfeng Tai, Journal of Sexual Medicine, epub 2022. The authors, at […]
Paul Bosland, founder of the Chile Pepper Institute, is profiled in the Washington Post, as a central part of the article “Sorry, Scoville. Peppers deserve better than an archaic heat scale,” written by Tamar Haspel: When Old El Paso wanted jalapeño’s flavor, but not its capsaicin, to blend into its products, Bosland was able to […]
The 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will happen entirely online (again, as in 2020 and 2021, in deference to the lurking ambitions of Covid-19), on Thursday, September 15, 2022. The webcast begins at 6 pm (U.S. eastern time). Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners will be introduced. Each has done something that makes people […]
“Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation“, a report in the New York Times on August 29, 2022, by Emily Anthes, tells about new attempts to build computer-based devices that will translate cats’ and dogs’ utterances into human speech. The report does not mention that these devices follow in the footsteps […]
“Men and Boys and Goats” is a review article in the special Men (and Women) issue (volume 28, number 4, July/August 2022) of the magazine. It glimpses numerous published reports of men and boys and goats. The article is free online.
“A Man Who” is a review article in the special Men (and Women) issue (volume 28, number 4, July/August 2022) of the magazine. It glimpses numerous published reports of men who. (And one woman who.) The article is free online.
A special Ig Nobel Prize exhibition will frolic in Osaka, Japan from October 1, 2022 through November 13, at the Shinsaibashi Parco.
A new book echoes and explores some of the the perplexities that were honored, some years ago, with an Ig Nobel Literature Prize. The new book is called Index, A History of the. Dennis Duncan wrote it. (And here’s a review in the Globe and Mail.) The 2007 Ig Nobel Literature Prize was awarded to […]
The 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will happen (as in 2020 and 2021, in deference to the lurking ambitions of Covid-19) entirely online, on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners will be introduced. Each has done something that makes people LAUGH, then THINK. Details are on the ceremony web page.