Fire Eating and Good Health

A new medical report demonstrates how to tell a story: “Severe Pneumonitis After Fire Eating,” Daniel Franzen [pictured here], Malcolm Kohler, BMJ Case Reports 2012;10.1136/bcr-2012-006528. The authors, at University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland, begin their report with eight words that, by themselves, provide a wealth of information: “A 38-year-old, previously healthy fire eater…”

A look at the Wasabi fire alarm (Chemistry Prize)

Here’s a BBC News report about the wasabi fire alarm, whose inventors received the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in chemistry. The photo below (by Alexey Eliseev / Improbable Research) shows Makoto Imai (center) and one of his co-inventors (several others also attended the ceremony) at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, receiving their Ig Nobel Prize from Nobel laureate Roy […]