A look back at George Goble’s prize-winning barbecue quick-ignition triumph

A look back (a news report, on Oct 9,1996, via the Wayback Machine) at the Ig Nobel Prize for fastest way to ignite a barbecue. (An additional, until-now untold aspect of the story: The university’s administration was proud of this, then years later suddenly decided to be frightened of mentioning it, then eventually became again proud […]

“How about lunch?” (new academic study)

This new study offers possibly deep insights into lunch: “How About Lunch? Consequences of the Meal Context on Cognition and Emotion,” Werner Sommer [pictured here], Birgit Stürmer, Olga Shmuilovich, Manuel Martin-Loeches, Annekathrin Schacht, PLoS ONE, vol. 8, no. 7, 2013, e70314. The authors, at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin, UCM-ISCIII, Madrid, Spain, Complutense […]