Here is the Ig Informal Lecture by the winners of the 2020 Ig Nobel Economics Prize. The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK. In the Ig Informal Lectures, some days after the ceremony, the new Ig Nobel Prize winners attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it. […]
A new study marries, so to speak, economics and kissing. The study is: “National Income Inequality Predicts Cultural Variation in Mouth to Mouth Kissing,” Christopher D. Watkins, Juan David Leongómez, Jeanne Bovet, Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz, Max Korbmacher, Marco Antônio Corrêa Varella, Ana Maria Fernandez, Danielle Wagstaff, and Samuela Bolgan, Scientific Reports, vol. 9, article no. 6698 […]
What bacteria are exchanged when two people kiss? That question is addressed in studies that are profiled in the special kissing issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. One of those studies was honored with an Ig Nobel Prize last year.
Are There Societies Where Lovers Do Not Kiss? Is any society devoid of osculation? Those questions are addressed in a study that’s profiled in the special kissing issue of the Annals of Improbable Research.
As can be seen, the video above features comedy, laughter and kissing (not necessarily in that order). Now for an Improbable question: ‘How might a psychosomaticist view such things?’ Those looking for answers might be well advised to examine the pages of The Journal of Psychosomatic Research. “[…] a multidisciplinary research journal covering all aspects […]
Kissing is among the subtle methods great nations use to fluff their relations. Here’s a fresh example — tweets in two languages by Caroline Kennedy, the American ambassador to Japan, saluting Dr. Hajime Kimata, who this week was awarded a 2015 Ig Nobel prize. The tweets: The prize: The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded jointly to […]
“Given a rectangular room with n people in it, what is the most efficient way for each pair of people to kiss each other goodbye?“ Professor Bender, (pictured, of the Department of Computer Science, Stony Brook University, New York) along with his colleagues Ritwik Bose, Rezaul Chowdhury and Samuel McCauley, have made progress towards an […]
“As an interesting by-product, we improve the kissing numbers in dimensions 25 through 31.” — from the description of a talk to be given on Monday, March 7, 2011 at Northeastern University, by mathematician Abhinav Kumar (whose Erdös Number is 2 — a fact of interest to those interested in Erdös Numbers. (Thanks to investigator […]
The history of studies of kissing games of adolescents in the American state of Iowa reached its first high point in 2005, with the publication of the book: The Kissing Game: Roots of Courtship, 1923-1931, from Gramps’ Diary, by Clair B. Heyer.
The history of studies of kissing games of adolescents in the American state of Ohio reached its first high point in 1959, with the publication of: “The Kissing Games of Adolescents in Ohio,” Brian Sutton-Smith, Midwest Folklore, vol. 9, 1959, pp. 189-211.