The Creation of the World’s First Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

An experiment done partly in jest produces intriguing data: “The Creation of the World’s First Peanut Butter and Jellyfish,” P. Zelda Montoya and Barrett L. Christie, Drum and Croaker, vol. 45, January 2014, pp. 14-18. The authors, at the The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, report: “The use of novel feed items […]

Foot size and balancing – a link?

Doctoral student Hai Qiu and professor Shuping Xiong of the Ergonomics and Applied Biomechanics Lab at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea, have recently been investigating ‘The Influence of Foot Sizes on Human Balance’ “This study investigated the relationship between foot size and human balance performance. The balance performances of 30 […]

Chubby Checker, the “Chubby Checker”, and the Ig Nobel Prize

The TCPalm web site, in Florida, reports: Chubby Checker’s federal lawsuit has sexual twist, Gary law firm in Stuart says FORT PIERCE — Stuart attorney Willie Gary has filed a federal lawsuit with a “Twist.” Gary and members of his law firm filed a lawsuit late Monday in federal court in Fort Pierce on behalf […]

Making cheese from humans’ foot, nose, armpit bacteria

“Make hay while the sun shines, but make cheese from places where it does not” is the unstated them of a project described in Christina Agapakis‘s Harvard PhD Thesis (and described more colorfully on her web site): “Descriptions of  human body odors often overlap with those of  cheese; Propionibacterium used to make Swiss cheese is a major […]

17 minutes of feet

The dramatic image below, with its caption — “Wearing wrong kind of Clothing [Should wear suspenders]” — is from a motion picture called “Educated Feet for Correct Posture“. Almost 17 minutes in duration, the film maintains a uniform level of pedagogical excitement from beginning to end. The camera often focuses on shoes. Watch the entire […]