The President’s Father and the Sneezing of Cats

Jean-Michel Macron is a neurologist who has published several studies about the sneezing of cats.  His son is the current president of France. Among Macron’s cat-sneeze studies: Macron on Cat Sneezing (1991) — “Trigeminal afferences implied in the triggering or inhibition of sneezing in cats,” Fabrice Wallois, Jean Michel Macron, Vincent Jounieaux, and Bernard Duron, Neuroscience […]

The statistical un-likelihood of Donald Trump [analysis of a Trump-Up analysis]

Eric Schulman and Daniel Debowy write: Contrary to what you might have heard recently (“Get ready for President Trump, says election whiz who’s scary accurate“) from a statistics-driven political scientist, Donald Trump will not “almost certainly become President of the United States” if he wins the Republican nomination. The mainstream media are helping spread that […]

Rumors that Ig Nobel winner Gideon Gono will be Zimbabwe’s next president

Various press outlets in Zimbabwe and neighboring countries are suggesting that Ig Nobel Prize winner Gideon Gono will be the next president of Zimbabwe, if and when Robert Mugabe, the current president, ever leaves office. Dr. Gono recently stepped down from his position as governor of Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank. Dr. Gono was awarded the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize […]

Ig Nobel Peace Prize winner is percentally popular in Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, who just a few months ago was awarded the Ig Nobel Peace prize, is very popular, reports the Belarusian Telegraph Agency on March 6, 2014: Lukashenko’s approval rating at 79% MINSK, 6 March (BelTA) – The recent poll conducted by the Information and Analysis Center (IAC) of the Belarus […]

Dour President Calvin Coolidge and the sex life of a rat

Richard Stephens, who is both a psychology professor at Keele University and an Ig Nobel Peace Prize winner (for his study “Swearing as a Response to Pain,”), explains the famous Coolidge Effect. Stephens writes, in his blog: The Coolidge Effect and the sex life of a rat John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was the 30th United States president, […]

AIR U.S. Presidential Election Algorithm Verified Again

AIR U.S. Presidential Election Algorithm Verified Again by Eric Schulman and Daniel Debowy For the third election in a row, the Annals of Improbable Research U.S. Presidential Election Algorithm ( see Debowy and Schulman, AIR Online, 20 October 2003 and Schulman and Debowy, AIR Online, 11 August 2012) correctly predicted the outcome of the United States presidential election. […]

The Stephen King of suicidology is now president

Congratulations (a bit belatedly—we only recently heard the news) to Professor David Lester, the Stephen King of suicidology, on being named president. A March 1, 2011 press release from Richard Stockton College says: Dr. David Lester, distinguished professor of psychology at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, has been elected president of the American Association of […]

“George Washington: He Liked to Count Things”

“Of all the presidents we have had, George Washington was the only who really counted.” That single sentence with its double meaning comes at the end of a four-page monograph published in 1978 in the Alabama Journal of Mathematics. The report’s title is, George Washington: He Liked to Count Things. The author Pete Casazza, a mathematician […]

How to: Pants specifications

Here are two different methods for specifying clothing size and shape. First, a Workman-like approach: “Body measurement specifications for fit models as a factor in clothing size variation,” Jane E. Workman, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, September 1991 vol. 10 no. 1, pp. 31-36. Second, an American presidential approach, as lovingly described in words and […]