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June 2022, issue number 2022-06. ISSN 1076-500X.

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Research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK.

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01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

02 IN THE MAGAZINE ITSELF: The Special WOMEN issue

03 Uses of Urine: Hoary Marmots

04 Throw a Paper Airplane at the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

05 Ig Nobel Exhibition in Taiwan

06 Limerick Challenge: Uses of Urine: Wheat Testing

07 Licking Rock Winner

08 MORE IMPROBABLE: Folding Chair, Chocolate, Goat, Otter

09 Uses of Urine: Milk Bottle Testing

20 SOME IMPROBABLE EVENTS

30 — Subscribe to the Actual Magazine! (*)

31 — How to start or stop receiving this little newsletter (*)

32 — Contact Info (*)

33 — Standard Gobbledegook (*)

 

Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

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02 IN THE MAGAZINE ITSELF: The Special WOMEN issue

 

What you are reading at the moment (mini-AIR)

is overflow detritus from

the magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR).

 

The special WOMEN (AND MEN) issue (vol. 28, no. 3) is out, continuing to infect the populace. See the table of contents and selected articles at:

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The special MEN (AND WOMEN) issue (vol. 28, no. 4) is in prep.

 

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03 Uses of Urine: Hoary Marmots

 

This month’s possibly-randomly-selected research study of the month is:

 

“Hoary Marmots Attracted to Human Urine Sites,” Jeuns F. Teultvrar, Northwestern Naturalist, vol. 70, 1989, pp. 36-37. <https://tinyurl.com/47p74jdu> The author reports:

 

“Marmots typically move about while feeding, looking up about once a minute to reconnoiter their surroundings as they chew, before moving on a few steps. This paper presents new data on hoary marmot feeding behavior at human urine sites.”

 

 

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04 Throw a Paper Airplane at the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

 

You or your institution can submit a video to be included in the ceremony — The deadline for that is July 31, 2022. We especially welcome schools and libraries (feel free to display your school or library name blatantly, if you wish!). Have everyone aim their paper airplane at the camera. Keep your video brief — ten seconds max. An iPhone video works fine. Landscape orientation is best, but portrait is okay, too. Submit your video to <marc ATTTTTT improbable DOTTTTT com>

 

Paper plane invitation video:

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2022 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony web page

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05 Ig Nobel Exhibition in Taiwan

 

A special Ig Nobel Prizes exhibition at the National Taiwan Science Education Center, Taipei, Taiwan will run from June 25 to September 11, 2022.

 

Event web page:

https://www.ntsec.gov.tw/user/Article.aspx?a=4110

 

 

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06 Limerick Challenge: Uses of Urine: Wheat Testing

 

This month’s RESEARCH LIMERICK challenge — Devise a pleasing limerick that encapsulates this study:

 

“Nutrient Recovery from Human Urine Using Pretreated Zeolite and Struvite Precipitation in Combination with Freezing‐Thawing and Plant Availability Tests on Common Wheat,” Zsófia Ganrot, Andreas Slivka, and Göran Dave, CLEAN–Soil, Air, Water, vol. 36, no. 1, 2008, pp. 45-52. h<ttps://doi.org/10.1002/clen.200700074> The authors report:

 

“Freezing had a positive effect on the nutrient concentration…. The supernatants from the frozen treatments and from the unfrozen and washed zeolites were much less toxic than those of the original urine. The minerals acted as slow-release fertilizers in climate chamber tests on spring wheat.”

 

Submit your perfectly formed, delightfully enlightening limerick to:

 

WHEAT TESTING LIMERICK COMPETITION

c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

 

 

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07 Licking Rock Winner

 

The judges have chosen a winner in last month’s Competition, which asked for a limerick to explain this study:

 

“Eating Fossils,” Jan Zalasiewicz, The Paleontological Association Newsletter, no. 96, November 2017. <https://www.palass.org/publications/newsletter/eating-fossils&gt;

 

Winning limerickicist A.S. KASWELL writes:

 

You know that licking the rock

Is their favorite method, ad hoc,

To taste if a thing

Has quite the right zing

For flavoring fossil-soup stock.

 

This month’s take from our LIMERICK LAUREATE, MARTIN EIGER:

 

There is only one way to assay

Lithoidal things found every day.

Advanced technical tools

Are the province of fools.

Licking rocks. There is no better way.

 

 

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08 MORE IMPROBABLE: Folding Chair, Chocolate, Goat, Otter

 

Recent improbable research bits you may have missed…

 

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* A Complex Analysis of the Unfolding Folding Chair Situation

* Effect of Chocolate Packaging on the Mind of a First-Time Consumer

* Catching Up with Two Humans Who Lived, for a Time, as a Goat and an Otter, Respectively

*…and much more

 

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09 Uses of Urine: Milk Bottle Testing

 

This month’s slightly-less-randomly selected research report is:

 

“A New Babcock Milk Testing Bottle: Adapted for Testing Small Amounts of Milk with the Aid of the Ordinary Urine Centrifuge,” Ross C. Whitman, Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 47, no. 3, 1906, pp. 204-205. <https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/458967>

 

 

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20 SOME IMPROBABLE EVENTS

 

Ig Nobel Prizes Exhibition in Taiwan                                Jun 25-Sep 11, 2022

 

Council Bluffs Library, Iowa, USA                                       Aug 18, 2022

 

Chicon, Chicago                                                                       Sep TBA, 2022

 

32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony                   Sep 15, 2022

 

Café Scientifique, Muret, France                                         Oct 12, 2022

 

Ig Nobel Prizes Exhibition in Japan                                    Autumn TBA, 2022

 

[All live events in 2021 and 2022 are subject to pandemical constraints and adventures.]

 

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33 — Standard Gobbledegook (*)

 

EDITOR: Marc Abrahams

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