mini-Annals of Improbable Research ("mini-AIR")

January 2017, issue number 2017-01. ISSN 1076-500X.

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  Research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK.

  A tiny supplement to the Annals of Improbable Research.

  Archive at <http://improbable.com/airchives/miniair>

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01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

02 Impending Events: NYC, AAAS-Boston, EuroTour

03 In the Magazine Itself: The Ig Nobel Ceremony

04 SPOTLIGHT: P-p-p-p Power (on pp. 259-265)

05 Cesspits/P-P-P-P-Problem Limerick Contest

06 Using-Coffee-to-Fuel-Cars Poet

07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Armpit Smell Symmetry? Carp Music.

08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Danish PPPP/PPP Problem

09 Improbable Research Events

10 — How to Get The Magazine (*)

11 — Contact Info (*)

12 — Standard Gobbledegook (*)

13 — How to start or stop receiving mini-AIR (*)

 

      Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

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02 Impending Events: NYC, AAAS-Boston, EuroTour

 

      92nd Street Y, New York, NY         — Feb 5, 2017

      AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA     — Feb 18, 2017

      Ig Nobel Spring EuroTour            — Mar-Apr 2017

            (Austria, UK, Switzerland,

            Norway, Sweden, Italy)

 

      Details: <https://is.gd/sy1ASc>

 

 

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03 In the Magazine Itself: The Ig Nobel Ceremony

 

The Special IG NOBEL issue (vol. 22, no. 6) of the magazine has full details, and copious pix, from the Ig Nobel ceremony. And other stuff. https://is.gd/1rMmap

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04 SPOTLIGHT: P-p-p-p Power (on pp. 259-265)

 

This month's research spotlight shines on P, P, P, and P:

 

"The P-p-p-p-Power of the Words, Words, Words: 'Finnegans Wake' as Words Wake," Timothy Ransom, James Joyce Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 2, Finnegans Wake Issue (Winter, 1972), pp. 259-265. <https://is.gd/lReaDJ>

 

 

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05 Cesspits/P-P-P-P-Problem Limerick Contest

 

This month's challenge: Devise a limerick that explains this study:

 

"Cesspits and the P-P-P-P-problem: The Pitfall of the Pompeii Premise and the Palimpsest," Roos van Oosten, Quaternary International, epub 2016. <https://is.gd/uN5F4o> (Thanks to Tom Gill for bringing this to our attention.) The author, at Leiden University, The Netherlands, reports:

 

"This article calls for a re-evaluation of the formation processes associated with archaeological examples of cesspits.... If artefacts and ecofacts are studied in isolation from the other materials in the cesspit without a full understanding of its formation and stratigraphy, the result may be quite misleading."

 

Submit your perfectly formed, delightfully enlightening limerick to:

 

      Cesspits/P-P-P-P LIMERICK COMPETITION

      c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

 

 

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06 Using-Coffee-to-Fuel-Cars Poet

 

The judges have chosen a winner in last month's Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to explain this study:

 

"In-situ transesterification of wet spent coffee grounds for sustainable biodiesel production," Jeongseok Park, Bora Kim, and Jae W. Lee, Bioresource Technology, vol. 221, December 2016, pp. 55–60. <https://is.gd/ujShAM>.

 

The winner is INVESTIGATOR STEPHEN HALE, who wrote:

 

We, driving, drink coffee like fools,

Then convert the spent grounds into fuels.

  Dump those grounds in a pot

  With some goo that is hot.

Our car runs on transester'fied joules.

 

The word from our LIMERICK LAUREATE, MARTIN EIGER:

 

When your coffee's been ground to the ground,

And the coffee you've ground has been downed,

 Don't discard or deny it,

 Transesterify it!

Results, all around, are profound!

 

 

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07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Armpit Smell Symmetry? Carp Music.

 

Recent improbable research bits you may have missed...

 

The podcast:

 

      LISTEN / DOWNLOAD: <http://goo.gl/sxh7DX>

 

      #95 Does One Armpit Smell Like the Other?

      #96 Umbrella Progress on a Crowded Sidewalk

      #97 And Now, a Needle in the Rectum

      #98 Using Voodoo Dolls to

            Measure Aggression

            in Married Couples

 

The blog <http://www.improbable.com/>:

 

<> When a monkey loved a deerÉ

<> Music discriminations by carp (Cyprinus carpio)

<> University course proposal: "Calling Bullshit"

      ...and lots more

 

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  TWITTER: @ImprobResearch, @MarcAbrahams, #IgNobel

 

 

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08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Danish PPPP/PPP Problem

 

"PPP versus PPPP — What is Wrong in Denmark?" Christina D. Tvarn¿ and Kim ¯stergaard. <https://is.gd/hJc9Lh> The authors, at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, explain:

 

"This paper addresses Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Pharmaceutical Public Private Partnerships (PPPP) in Denmark or the lack of PPP(P)'s in Denmark. It would seem, that the market for PPP(P)'s in Denmark is either very small, non-existing or it might be disturbed by several factors."

 

 

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09 Improbable Research Events

 

For details and additional events, see

<http://www.improbable.com/improbable-research-shows/complete-schedule/>

 

ARISIA, Boston                      — Jan 13, 2017

92nd Street Y, New York, NY         — Feb 5, 2017

AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA     — Feb 18, 2017

Ig Nobel Spring EuroTour            — Mar-Apr 2017

Bahfest, MIT, Cambridge, MA         — Apr 23, 2017

Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Annual Meeting

                                    — Apr 27, 2017

Ig Nobel Ceremony TICKETS go on sale      — Jul, 2017

2017 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony        — Sep 14, 2017

Ig Informal Lectures                — Sep 16, 2017

Ig Nobel Fall EuroTour              — Oct/Nov 2017

 

 

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10 — How to Get The Magazine (*)

 

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11 — CONTACT INFO (*)

 

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12 — Standard Gobbledegook (*)

 

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