Marc Abrahams and his annual “Ig Nobel Prizes” celebrate the oddball side of science. One past recipient was Dutch museum curator Kees Moeliker, who wrote a groundbreaking treatise on homosexual necrophilia among mallards. (I understand the fowl world was scandalized!)
You get the idea: This isn’t Jonas Salk territory. But if laughter is the best medicine, as we like to say at Reader’s Digest, these professional and amateur scientists, inventors, and diddlers deserve their place in the sun, too. Luckily for us, Abrahams gives them a platform.
And better yet, Abrahams has a new book out, This is Improbable (Oneworld). Included are some past Ig Nobel laureates alongside new scientific breakthroughs. Writes the author: “I collect stories about improbable things, things that make people laugh, then think.” Some of the “improbable things” one can expect to find in this hysterical collection include:
• A research paper on how to pour the perfect second cup of coffee.
• A study on what makes Bobs look especially Bob-like.
• A discourse on whether or not the shape of a CEO’s head dictates the future prosperity for his company.
Science nerds and comedy junkies unite! Your book has arrived.
Some people like to travel by train because it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of an airplane.
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” —Everyone following you on Instagram
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
Comedian Greg Davies
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.