Archive for 'Ig Nobel'

Spence: Come to your (combined) senses!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Ig Nobel Prize winner Charles Spence stars in this new short video about sensibility about senses:

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The 2008 Ig Nobel Prize for nutrition was awarded to Massimiliano Zampini of the University of Trento, Italy and Charles Spence of Oxford University, UK, for electronically modifying the sound of a potato chip to make the person chewing the chip believe it to be crisper and fresher than it really is. [They describe that research in the study “The Role of Auditory Cues in Modulating the Perceived Crispness and Staleness ofPotato Chips,” Massimiliano Zampini and Charles Spence, Journal of Sensory Studies, vol. 19, October 2004,  pp. 347-63.]

The operatic good timing of the leap-second decision

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

The decision to create a leap second at the end of 2016 is timely, in oh so many ways. It especially delights us, because this year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will include the premier of a new mini-opera, called “The Last Second”  about a plot to secretly add an extra leap second to the world’s clocks.

A lot can happen during a leap second (some of the possibilities are sketched in a recent article in New Scientist magazine). A lot more can happen during a leap second that only one or two scientists know about in advance — that’s the crux of the opera plot. In the opera, of course, something will go very, very wrong, accompanied by music and mayhem.

BONUS: Leap second data, from NIST.

BONUS (related in spirit): Randall Munroe explores some of the implications of leap secondry, in his book What If. This drawing is part of that:

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Ig Nobel tickets go on sale TODAY (July 7) at noon

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Tickets for the 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony go on saleTODAY,  THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016, at NOON (US eastern time).

We expect (based on experience) the tickets will get snapped up quickly.

TICKETS: The Harvard Box Office handles all ticket sales. The physical ticket office [now in a temporary location in Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke Street, Cambridge] is open some (but not all!) days from noon to 6 pm. The web site is open 24 hours, every day.
Box Office web site: https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu, Telephone (+1) 617-496-2222.

Tickets: $75 / $65 / $55 / $35
Student tickets: $70 / $60 / $50 / $30
Ig Glorious tickets: $150. We fund the ceremony (theater rental, and half a zillion other expenses) mainly through ticket revenues. We are offering a few special “Ig Glorious” tickets, for persons who want to be specially supportive. Ig Glorious tickets come with special perks: Excellent seats; An Ig Nobel poster, signed by an emissary; Their photo taken at the Ig Nobel lectern on stage (before or after the ceremony, at the discretion of the Stage Manager); Access to our Ig Glorious Liaison, a staff member assigned to the “Ig Glorious” group for the entirety of the event; And a hearty handshake!

THE CEREMONY: The ceremony will happen at the usual place. This year’s theme: TIME.
WHERE: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016, 6:00 pm.
Ceremony details: <http://www.improbable.com/ig/2016>

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A fond look back at one of Troy’s many bear-suit adventures

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

This CTV news report shows Ig Nobel Prize winner Troy Hurtubise, some years ago, testing one of the many increasingly-sophisticated suits of armor he developed to protect himself against grizzly bears. In this report, Troy, wearing the suit, was strapped to the front of an automobile, and the car was then driven head-on into a brick wall. This image is from the news report. Click on it, and be transported to the CTV web site, where you can watch the report, and Troy, unfold:

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Troy enjoys a huge following of admirers and prospective imitators. It’s rumored that there could some day be a television series starring Troy, in which Troy would take on all comers in a series of intriguingly dangerous situations (such as being tossed into the Bering Sea to see who could survive the longest). This rare video (below) appears to be a pilot for that TV series.

Troy has already, of course, been the star of a hit documentary film, Project Grizzly:

And Troy authored a hit book, which includes among its many delights hints of Troy’s relationships with members of the British royal family.

 

Ig Nobel Tickets will go on sale THURSDAY, JULY 7, at NOON

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Tickets for the 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will go on sale THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016, at noon (US eastern time).

We expect (based on experience) the tickets will get snapped up quickly.

TICKETS: The Harvard Box Office handles all ticket sales. The physical ticket office [now in a temporary location in Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke Street, Cambridge] is open some (but not all!) days from noon to 6 pm. The web site is open 24 hours, every day.
Box Office web site: https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu, Telephone (+1) 617-496-2222.

Tickets: $75 / $65 / $55 / $35
Student tickets: $70 / $60 / $50 / $30
Ig Glorious tickets: $150. We fund the ceremony (theater rental, and half a zillion other expenses) mainly through ticket revenues. We are offering a few special “Ig Glorious” tickets, for persons who want to be specially supportive. Ig Glorious tickets come with special perks: Excellent seats; An Ig Nobel poster, signed by an emissary; Their photo taken at the Ig Nobel lectern on stage (before or after the ceremony, at the discretion of the Stage Manager); Access to our Ig Glorious Liaison, a staff member assigned to the “Ig Glorious” group for the entirety of the event; And a hearty handshake!

THE CEREMONY: The ceremony will happen at the usual place. This year’s theme: TIME.
WHERE: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016, 6:00 pm.
Ceremony details: <http://www.improbable.com/ig/2016>

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