Michael Jacksonization, bomb bay door, and bird all appear in Improbable Research Collection #102: Our series of tiny bits-and-pieces videos peeks at improbable research — research that makes people laugh, then think. Here, below, is a skimpy guide to these little videos. We might make some more.
Surgery to make someone look like Michael Jackson dominates this week’s Improbable Research podcast. The podcast is all about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK — research about anything and everything, from everywhere —research that’s good or bad, important or trivial, valuable or worthless. CBS distributes it, both on the new CBS Play.it web site, and on iTunes. Podcast #3: Michael […]
The Daily Mail reports the occurrence of surgery to make a British man look like singer Justin Bieber. This follows in the tradition established by the surgeons who rearranged a Belgian man in an effort to make him look like singer Michael Jackson. The photo below shows some of the pages of the medical journal […]
Researchers at Toolik Field Station, Alaska, made this brief video of native bugs at work or play. The filming occurred at a place and moment in which it also captured a performance, by some of their fellow researchers, of Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller“. This is reportedly the northernmost performance of that song: (HT @ErinPodolak) BONUS: […]
Michael Jackson’s death is fueling financial good times for magazine and book publishers, says a report by Advertising Age: Michael Jackson tributes and book-a-zines have generated $55 million in additional newsstand sales for magazine publishers, providing one bright spot, however somber, amid widespread newsstand declines so far this year. They are of course not the […]
This screen capture — a Google News summary from Thursday morning, July 2, 2009 — demonstrates that, a mere days after the death of Michael Jackson, people struggle to capture the man’s essence. Perhaps some time, years from now, historians will make sense of the phenomenon: