Hello Dolly (Yo, Marlene)

"The study of Marlene Dietrich‘s relationship with her dolls has taken me into some new research territory." With these words Judith Mayne, the distinguished professor of French studies and Italian studies and women’s studies at Ohio State University, takes all of us into new territory…. So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.

How High Jump Those Fleas?

Four years ago, Marie-Christine Cadiergues demonstrated that dog fleas jump higher than cat fleas. Cosmopolite flea fans are probably still gaga over Cadiergues’s report – city folk tend to care about cats and dogs (and by extension, their little passengers) more than about other animals. But a new report by Boris Krasnov compares the jumping […]

Short-sleeved deviants

The purpose of this study was to examine meanings assigned by observers to an adolescent wearing an alcohol-promotional T-shirt." So begins a study published in the September issue of the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal. Scholars had never tackled this exact question. Now they have…. So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The […]

Illustrating the point

Dr Judith A Reisman wants you to avoid looking at dirty pictures. Reisman wants you to look at her explanation of the horrible things dirty pictures can do to your brain, your nervous system and your civil rights. To make it easy for you to know what she is talking about, the good doctor has […]

Man of custard

There is one individual who, above all others, has plumbed the effects of custard. Ren? A de Wijk is based at the Wageningen centre for food sciences in the Netherlands. De Wijk is enjoying a stunning burst of productivity… So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian. Read it here.