The organizers of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony solved an ancient problem: How to keep speeches from droning on and on… The solution, called “Miss Sweetie Poo”, is an 8-year-old girl who tells long-winded speakers to “Please stop. I’m bored. Please stop. I’m bored…” Here are Miss Sweetie Poo highlights from several Ig ceremonies.
Julia Lunetta, aka the “Improbable Webmaster” will be appearing this weekend at Balticon, a science and sci-fi convention in Baltimore, Maryland. She will be speaking on her decade-plus experience as a minordomo for the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, and some of the various trials, tribulations, and hilarity that has come about as a result. The […]
At the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, Public Health Prize winner Dr. Elena Bodnar demonstrates her invention – a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander. She is assisted by Nobel laureates […]
William Lipscomb, the 1976 Nobel laureate in chemistry, is a Kentucky colonel. He is famous for wearing string ties. Here he demonstrates how to tie a string tie. We made this video as part of the celebration for Professor Lipscomb’s upcoming 90th birthday.
Big Banks and the Big Bang theory combine in these two new episodes (#122 and #121) of the Improbable Research TV series. These were filmed at an early rehearsal of “The Big Bank Opera”. The plot: Stylish bankers in a swanky Wall Street bar explain the explosive rise and fall of big banking and big […]
Here’s the new episode — #121, “Big Bank Opera Rehearsal, Act 1” — of the Improbable Research TV series. The episode depicts an early rehearsal of Act 1 of “The Big Bank Opera”, in which stylish bankers in a swanky Wall Street bar explain the explosive rise and fall of big banking and big bankers. […]
Here’s the new episode — #118, “Yummy Mummies” — of the Improbable Research TV series. Powdered mummy, preferably Egyptian, may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for many years it was just what the doctor ordered. To see this episode, click on the image at right, and you will be whisked to YouTube (where […]