The Allen-Alchian (theorem) Explains Why the Internet Is Made of Cats

Dr. Jason Potts Centre Fellow and Project Leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, explains in the special ‘cute’ issue of the M/C Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2 (2014) why the internet is made of cats (with reference to the Alchian-Allen Theorem). Supporting material here […]

The special DOGS (and Cats) issue is out!

The special DOGS (and Cats) issue (vol. 21, no. 4) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out! Articles include: “Cats and Dogs Research Review“ “Ig and Beyond: Dogs on Faces, Mice on Art“ “AIR Vents (letters from our readers)“ …and more, more, more, including new helpings of “Improbable Medical Review”, “Boys Will Be Boys”, “Soft Is […]

The Effect of Cat Videos on Human Beings

Now, at last, there is a published scholarly study of the study of cat videos. The study is: “Emotion regulation, procrastination, and watching cat videos online: Who watches Internet cats, why, and to what effect?” Jessica Gall Myrick, Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 52, November 2015, pp. 168–176. The author, a professor at Indiana University, explains: “research has […]

Fat Cats Disambiguation (tubby tabbies, or….?)

To (very loosely) paraphrase Murphy’s law :  “If there’s a chance that something might be misunderstood, someone will come along and misunderstand it.” That’s exactly what happened when Improbable came across a 2010 paper in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, entitled : ‘Novel dietary strategies can improve the outcome of weight loss programmes […]

Dog lapping in the matrix

A fluid dynamics approach to gaining understanding (adding to what’s known) of the way liquids are reliably transferred into the mouths of dogs and cats: “Dog lapping in the matrix,” presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (November 23, 2014 — November 25, 2014), by Sean Gart (Virginia Tech) Jake Socha […]

Dead reckoning as to whether cats (or dogs) have exactly nine lives

How long does a cat last, statistically speaking? This study cast a cold eye on that question: “Epidemiological studies on the expectation of life for cats computed from animal cemetery records,” H. Hayashidani, Y. Omi, M. Ogawa, and K. Fukutomi, Nihon juigaku zasshi, The Japanese journal of veterinary science, vol. 51, no. 5, 1989, pp. […]

Perfecting the ‘mimicat’

“Today a character costume can be seen in many places, such as amusement facilities, sport stadium and so on. They perform comical and funny body action for us. In general, the performers can’t control their costume’s facial expression. We developed ‘mimicat’ that can synchronizing performer’s facial action and costume’s one. A character costume performer can […]

The Vegetarian’s Pet Dilemma

A vegetarian who keeps a carnivorous pet might encounter a dilemma : such as described in a (forthcoming) paper for the journal Appetite. ‘A meaty matter. Pet diet and the vegetarian’s dilemma’  The author, Dr. Hank Rothgerber, from the Psychology faculty at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky, US, “… specifically focused on the conflict that pits […]