In Memorium: Gretchen Worden

Our friend Gretchen Worden, the director and soul of the Mutter Museum, has died. We and the world will miss her and her view of the world very much. Here is a passage from Gretchen’s obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “In most museums you go to look at objects,” she wrote in [her] book’s [The […]

Everybody Loves Trinkaus

John Trinkaus, winner of the 2003 Ig Nobel Literature Prize, has a growing legion of admirers. Read Trinkaus’s Ig citation here. Read an admirer’s rhapsody here. And read the classic Annals of Improbable Research article “Trinkaus – An Informal Look.” here.

Leeches Approved

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has for the first time cleared the commercial marketing of leeches for medicinal purposes. … Leeches have been used as an alternative treatment to blood-letting and amputation for several thousand years. They reached their height of medicinal use in the mid- 1800?s. Today they are used in medicine throughout […]

Bryozoans Are Beautiful

Bryozoans are beautiful creatures. Or at least they photograph well. See some lovely pictures on the front and back covers of volume 10, no. 3 of the Annals of Improbable Research. See those here. The photos were taken by Simon Hall of the University of Bristol. Read one of his research reports about Bryozoans here.

The Naked Hunch

The American Nudist Research Library has a fairly simple motto: “Dedicated to preserving nudist history with a comprehensive archive of nudist material”. Like all specialist libraries, it operates with a limited budget. Thus, the library covers only what it needs to. … So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian. Read it here.

Fink on Trinkaus & Trinkaus

Is Trinkaus related to Trinkaus? Investigator Rachel Fink sends enlightenment, or at least information, on the question. The question was posed by investigator P.A. Kucklein, in connnection with Fundulus research, in a letter you can read here. Having read that letter, investigator Fink writes: I read the June 16, 2004 query from Paul A. Kucklein […]

Fink on Trinkaus & Trinkaus

Is Trinkaus related to Trinkaus? Investigator Rachel Fink sends enlightenment, or at least information, on the question. The question was posed by investigator P.A. Kucklein, in connnection with Fundulus research, in a letter you can read here. Having read that letter, investigator Fink writes: I read the June 16, 2004 query from Paul A. Kucklein […]