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Podcast Episode #211: ‘Richard Wassersug‘

Richard Wassersug and The Tastiness (or Palatability) of Tadpoles, Motion Sickness in Amphibians, Frog Copulation in Microgravity, Reactions of a Snake and Turtle, Ecstatic About Eunuchs, Eggs All Sorts, Bird, Flesh, Every Kind, The Ups and Downs of Cows, and the Birth of Murphy‘s Law. In episode #211,Marc Abrahamsshows some unfamiliar research studies toJean Berko []

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Pocket-Sized #1008: ‘Horse Calculus‘

Horse Calculus In this Pocket-Sized episode #1008,Marc Abrahamsshows an unusual research study to Mason Porter. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue. The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the special Mathematics issue (Vol. 16, #4) of the Annals of Improbable Research Magazine. Remember, ourPatreondonors, on most levels, get access to each podcast episode before []

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How to writea hard-to-resist science headline: Quantum, Coffee

Trinity College Dublin produced a press release, on January 31, 2020, with this headline:Supercomputers help link quantum entanglement to cold coffee. The press release is meant to draw attention to a research paper by Marlon Brenes, Silvia Pappalardi [pictured here], John Goold, and Alessandro Silva. The paper is titled Multipartite Entanglement Structure in the Eigenstate []

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Searching in the Weeds for a Cannabis Treatment for Covid-19

Almost every surprising discovery comes from something that seemed unlikely-the seeming-unlikeliness is why the discovery had to be discovered surprisingly. Here is one of many new attempts to discover something that would surprise and delight the world. This particular discovery, should it be discovered, would theoretically infuriate a few people. In Search of Preventative Strategies: []

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Another incident with lead in ducks

Heavy-leaded ducks were seized by the US Customs and Border Protection agency, an action the agency announced in a May 12, 2020 press release: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Savannah Seaport seized 5,000 stuffed toy ducks after it was determined that they contained excessive amounts of lead. The press release includes []

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A rather different Ig Nobel Prize ceremony this (the 30th!) year

The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will happen a little differently than its 29 predecessors, because of theCOVID-19 pandemic. Here‘s the general plan.

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Pocket-Sized #1009: ‘Barefoot Running‘

Barefoot Running In this Pocket-Sized episode #1009,Marc Abrahamsshows some unfamiliar research studies toJean Berko Gleason. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue. The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the specialPsychology issue (vol. 26, #1)of theAnnals of Improbable Researchmagazine. Remember, ourPatreondonors, on most levels, get access to each podcast episode before it is made public. []

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Insect (names) in Fireworks [study]

Dr. Joe Coelho, who is Professor of Biology at Quincy University, Illinois, US, is the author of ‘Insects In Fireworks‘ a paper published in Ethnoentomology: an Open Journal of Ethnoentomology and Cultural Entomology, 2: 2029. To clarify, the paper is not about the use of insects as ingredients in firework mixtures, but rather the []

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Podcast Episode #210: ‘Famous Monks with Bad Breath‘

Famous Monks with Bad Breath, Porn Research, Icky Cutesy Research Review, Missing Pieces Research Review, Amorous Ostriches and Exposure at Sea, and The Plastic Pink Flamingo. In episode #210,Marc Abrahamsshows some unfamiliar research studies toJean Berko Gleason,Melissa Franklin, and Richard Baguley. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue. This episode was also aided and perhaps abetted by []

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A Neighborhood Association with Personality

In some neighborhoods, people belong to a neighborhood association. One of the least-publicized is The Association of Perceived Neighborhood Safety and Inequality with Personality.

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Finger-Food Hygiene Attachments [new patent]

US-based inventor Peter Delgrosso points out that consuming finger foods can sometimes be a hygienically suboptimal process - with a (timely) reminder that, in the act of eating finger foods ; ‘Germs, bacteria, and other harmful elements (e.g., microorganisms, viruses, chemicals, etc.) on our hands and fingers can then make their way into the body.‘ []

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Pocket-Sized #1010: ‘Hot Potato Voice‘

Hot Potato Voice In this Pocket-Sized episode #1010,Marc Abrahamsshows some unfamiliar research studies toDany Adams. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue. Remember, ourPatreondonors, on most levels, get access to each podcast episode before it is made public. 1. Dany Adams encounters: Hot Potato Voice‘ in Peritonsillitis: A Misnomer, Mahmood F. Bhutta, George A. Worley and Meredydd []

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