Physics Breakthough: Snapping a Spaghetti Strand Into 2 (Not 3!) Pieces

BREAKING NEWS! WITH A SURPRISING TWIST! Spaghetti—dry spaghetti—again feeds the intellectual fervor of physicists. Five physicists serve up a surprising new study about an old question about bending a strand past its breaking point: “Controlling Fracture Cascades Through Twisting and Quenching,” Ronald H. Heisser, Vishal P. Patil, Norbert Stoop, Emmanuel Villermaux, and Jörn Dunkel, Proceedings […]

How Ig Nobellian Dr. Fesmire broke his ankle, told with dolls

Behold Ig Nobel Prize winner Dr. Francis Fesmire tell the tantalizing tale of how he broke his ankle in the Samaria Gorge on the Greek Isle of Crete. Dr. Fesmire accomplished the telling in a mere 14 minutes and 58 seconds, assisted by dolls: BONUS: Dr. Fesmire’s Ig Nobel Prize winning study “Termination of Intractable Hiccups with […]