SAGE publications today (March 18, 2023) published this “Item of Concern” about “Bust Size and Hitchhiking” and other papers they published that were co-authored by Nicolas Guéguen [pictured here], of whom we have written much over many years (and about whom our friends at Retraction Watch also have written much): Expression of Concern The Journal Editors […]
Category: Improbable Investigators
People who do research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK.
Nuts are prevalent in the Journal of Nuts. Some (perhaps all) of its articles have interesting authors. One, at least, of the authors of the following article is notably, almost nuttily prolific. That article is: “How Did Globalization Boost the Nuts Production in Indonesia?” Eko Hendarto, Sandhir Sharma, Maria Jade Catalan Opulencia, Mohammed Khudair Hasan, […]
The 2022 Ig Nobel Prize winners
Ten new Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded at the 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. The winners, and a description of their work, are included on the list of all Ig Nobel Prize winners (1991-2022). Each winner has done something that makes people LAUGH, then THINK. The faces you see in the image here […]
Laugh and then think: What it’s like to win the Ig Nobel Prize
The radio program Audacious with Chion Wolf [on Connecticut Public Radio] took a joyous, 50-minute adventure ride into the world of the Ig Nobel Prizes. Listen to it online: “Laugh and then think: What it’s like to win the Ig Nobel Prize” Here’s the Audacious summary of what you’ll hear: Almost 1000 people have won […]
What Can You Count On, That Annoys You? Trinkaus.
To the best of our knowledge, no academic has followed Ig Nobel Prize winner John Trinkaus’s lead in carefully, relentlessly documenting things that annoy them, tallying exactly how frequently those things occur. It’s enjoyable to look back, now and then, at the work of John Trinkaus. Trinkaus died in 2017, at which time we gave […]
The first (Improbable) Conversation: Cats/Liquids/Language
Join us this Thursday for the premiere of a new kind of conversation: Two researchers, in different fields, explore each other’s worlds a little bit. Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, will compere. Here’s who and what: “(Improbable) Conversation: Physics and Psychology of Cats“, with physicist (and Ig Nobel Prize winner, for […]
The Duck Guy gets yet another honor
A new honor awaits Kees Moeliker, who in 2003 was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for biology, for documenting the first scientifically recorded case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck. Here is the official announcement of the new honor: Kees Moeliker to receive the 54th Laurens Medal The 54th Laurens Medal is being awarded […]
Ig Nobel Prize-winning Gadgeteer Ron Popeil has finished inventing
Gadgeteer Ron Popeil, who was awarded the 1993 Ig Nobel Prize for consumer engineering, has died, according to press reports. The famed inventor was cited, in winning that Ig Nobel prize, for “redefining the industrial revolution with such devices as the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone, and the Inside-the-Shell Egg Scrambler.” Here is a […]
Dual Wiggle/Wriggle Nominative Determinism Corrections
It should be noted that the author of ‘The Physiology of Insect Metamorphosis’ (1954) was Sir Vincent Brian Wigglesworth CBE MD FRS [pictured] . . . . . . and not V. B. Wrigglesworth, as Cambridge University Press might suggest. (Neither was he V. P. Wigglesworth, as Google Books might have you believe) Research research […]
Doctor I.C. Notting— A classic case of nominative determinism
Doctor I.C. Notting, an ophthalmologist at Leiden University, is a classic case of nominative determinism.