Podcast 26: A look back at the 2014 Ig Nobel Prize winners (PART 1)

Trod-upon banana peels; deities in toast; late night psychopaths; cat hazards; dog alignment; really, really, really heavy marijuana users; fat people’s shoes; spearmint tea and hairy women; and someone who swallowed a fork — all these all turn up in this week’s Improbable Research podcast. Click on the “Venetian blinds” icon — at the lower right corner here […]

Is it Possible to Sanitize Athletes’ Shoes?

A newly published study asks: Is is possible to sanitize athletes’ shoes? The study does not ask whether that matters. The study is: “Is it Possible to Sanitize Athletes’ Shoes?” Gabriele Messina, Sandra Burgassi, Carmela Russo, Emma Ceriale, Cecilia Quercioli and Cosetta Meniconi, Journal of Athletic Training, epub November 2014. The authors are at various institutions […]

Shoelaces — the trials of cooperatively tying them with other people

Primary instructor Michael J. Crites and professor Jamie C. Gorman of the Human Factors Psychology dept. at Texas Tech University Lubbock, US, have investigated (experimentally) some of the difficulties of shoelace tying – with two hands, one hand, and with someone else’s hand. See: Learning to Tie Well with Others : Bimanual vs. Intermanual Coordination […]

Malpositioned breast implant correction innovation

Unfortunately, breast implants are sometimes positioned wrongly. A new method to correct such problems – using shoelaces – is described by Dr. Daniel C. Mills II, MD, FACS: of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Institute, Laguna Beach, California, in the latest edition of Aesthetic Surgery Journal : ¨Implant malposition after breast augmentation surgery remains a common […]

George Parrott the Snacker, and George Parrot the Shoes

George Parrott is in the news. George Parrot has been out of the news for a while. In the news (specifically, in the Sacramento Bee): Sac State students don’t have to bring snacks for professor Students of Sacramento State professor George Parrott won’t have to supply snacks anymore in order to be taught psychology. The […]

Shoe-based navigation update

Khairi Abdulrahim and colleagues at the University of Nottingham in the UK are following an alternative approach to shoe-based navigation. Their new device complements the one recently developed at Carnegie Mellon University and North Carolina State University. (See: Radar in your shoe: The reasoning Improbable Research, December 1st, 2010). But rather than rely on radar, […]