Adams apples : examinations (part 1)

Apparently, the artist Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was embarrassed by the size of his laryngeal prominence. Mr. Rockwell felt, it’s said, that his Adam’s apple protruded unduly, and had been known to take steps to cover it up in public. [pictured right] But possible academic implications of this have remained largely unstudied in scholarly circles – […]

Shuttlecock aerodynamics: part 3

“The shuttlecock soars upward In a parabola of whiteness, Turns, And sinks to a perfect arc.” This extract, from one of the few eminent poems to prominently feature shuttlecocks, is by Amy Lawrence Lowell, (Men, Women and Ghosts, A Roxbury Garden,1916) and is quoted in the latest research regarding the aerodynamics of shuttlecocks. A study by […]

Horrors: ‘Art’ in Artificial (Intelligence) Poetry

 William Topaz McGonagall who died in 1902, is widely regarded as the writer of the worst poetry in the English language.  As an example, see this video featuring Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) interpreting the poem ‘Stirling Castle’. McGonagall has now become one of the very few famous poets to have a computer programme […]

Improbable TV: “The Tay Bridge Disaster” in Ukrainian

Here’s a new episode — #McG-002, “”The Tay Bridge Disaster” with Dr. Elena Bodnar — of the Improbable Research TV series. It’s the 2nd of many episodes featuring the bad poetry of William Topaz McGonagall. William Topaz McGonagall, who died in 1902, is widely regarded as the worst poet ever to write in the English language. The […]

Overlooked McGonagall poems found!

There’s news about the bad poet William Topaz McGonagall. It’s of absolutely no importance, but of great and goofy enjoyment to many in the English-speaking world. Several poems that have never been published in any book will soon be recited in public [on March 19, at our show at the University of Dundee] for the […]

Groucho Marx, Vincent Price, poetry and atomic energy

Groucho Marx, Vincent Price, poetry and atomic energy all came together for a radio broadcast in 1945 — a performance of Norman Corwin’s “The Undecided Molecule” Corwin called it a “rhymed fantasy concerning dangerous developments among the elements.” Click here to listen to a snippet. Oh, dear! Oh, dear! The cosmic alarm! Which means, I […]