The World’s Most Iffy Game, Maybe? Fifty-Fifty Trivia

The delightfully iffy game called “Fifty-Fifty Trivia” was created by Martin Eiger, who invents many concepts and games, using words and ideas as the main building material. Eiger is, among other things, our Limerick Laureate—you can see his limericks, in any issue of the magazine (Annals of Improbable Research, with each limerick describing something that […]

A look back at more sex from A Slob

A Slob was appreciated twelve years ago, in the September, 2008 issue of mini-AIR. Let’s take a fond look back: 2008-09-08 More Sex From A. Slob Investigator P.J. Finn complains that we have neglected the once-popular feature called “Sex From A. Slob.” Dr. Slob, investigator Finn reminds us, is based at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. To […]

Limerick Challenge: His Perspicacity on Tick Paralysis

This month’s RESEARCH LIMERICK challenge — Devise a pleasing limerick that encapsulates this study: “The Perspicacity of Seymour Hadwen on Tick Paralysis — A Commentary,” M.W. Felz, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, vol. 11 No. 2, 2000, pp. 113-121. The study’s author explains: “A commentary on a study of tick paralysis by Seymour Hadwen [pictured here, […]

Research about winking, and news about Ig Nobel events in Europe

This month’s mini-AIR research spotlight scrutinizes this study about winking: “Elevation of the Eye-Balls on Winking,” W.R. Miles, Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 14, no. 4, Aug 1931, pp. 311-332. The research was done at Stanford University. That study and other bits of improbable research news congest the November issue of mini-AIR. mini-AIR is the wee, free monthly […]

Chocolate and Tea Are Better Than Flouride, for Teeth, in Toothpaste for Rats?

This month’s mini-AIR research spotlight shines on possible ingredients for toothpaste, to protect teeth: “Theobromine: A Safe and Effective Alternative for Fluoride in Dentifrices,” Tetsuo Nakamoto, Alexander U. Falster, and William B. Simmons, Jr., Journal of Caffeine Research, vol. 6, no. 1, February 2016, pp. 1-9. The authors, at  Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and at […]

Decisive-Regret-Under-Uncertainty Limerick Contest

This month’s research limerick contest: Devise a pleasing limerick that encapsulates this study: “Regret in Decision Making Under Uncertainty,” David E. Bell, Operations Research, vol. 30, no. 5, 1982, pp. 961-981.  The author, at Harvard University, reports: “After making a decision under uncertainty, a person may discover, on learning the relevant outcomes, that another alternative […]

LIMERICK CONTEST: Cigarettes in a Milkshake

This month’s contest — Devise a pleasing limerick that encapsulates this study: “The Smoking Milkshake,” Jennifer Thomas and Paul E. Luebbers, American Journal of Health Education, vol. 40, no. 6, 2009, pp. 322-328. The authors, at Emporia State University, explain: “Cigarettes can have many ingredients. Philip Morris, the nations largest cigarette manufacturer, uses over 200 […]