The wisdom of Ig Nobel winner Ron Popeil

Ron Popeil is being showered with new recognition. Mr. Popeil was awarded the 1993 Ig Nobel Prize in consumer engineering for redefining the industrial revolution with such devices as the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone, and the Inside-the-Shell Egg Scrambler. [REFERENCE: “The Salesman of the Century : Inventing, Marketing, and Selling on TV: How I Did It and How […]

Ig folk: Language explorers on “Planet Word”

The BBC television program “Planet Word“, hosted by Stephen Fry, has featured interviews and demonstrations with at least two prominent Ig Nobel people. Richard Stephens, 2010 Ig Nobel Prize peace prize winner for confirming the widely held belief that swearing relieves pain, demonstrates his work, assisted by Stephen Fry and actor Brian Blessed, on episode 3. […]

The relative passage of time: a TV interview

Investigator Francie DuBose alerted us to this TV news interview. The interview segment is called “Higher Learning.” Peter Kerwin, a Rhode Island education official, is delightedly telling the interviewer about some of the new Ig Nobel Prize winners.  The interviewer may have been slightly misinformed beforehand about the basic topic, and may have been focusing her […]

Ig Nobel Prizes on QI (with Stephen Fry & testicles)

The QI [which stands for “Quite Interesting] quiz program (hosted by Stephen Fry, broadcast on the BBC), featured the Ig Nobel Prizes. This new QI episode [see below] also featured a visit from Chris McManus of University College London. Professor McManus was awarded the 2002 Ig Nobel Prize in biology for his study called “Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture“, published […]

Concept <=> “TV as Lover”

How can one “… engage with television in an ecstatic mode” ? Brian Ott, visiting professor of media and rhetorical studies at the University of Colorado, Denver, explains how recourse to the Lacanian concept of Jouissance (“a radically disruptive pleasure, which momentarily dissolves the socially constructed subject, thereby evading ideology”) can be called on to […]

Big-Banks/Big-Bang Opera preview

Big Banks and the Big Bang theory combine in these two new episodes (#122 and #121) of the Improbable Research TV series. These were filmed at an early rehearsal of “The Big Bank Opera”. The plot:  Stylish bankers in a swanky Wall Street bar explain the explosive rise and fall of big banking and big […]