Archive for 'Improbable TV'

Video: Dynamics of Hula Hooping

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Ariel Kraakman demonstrates the dynamics of hula-hooping, on the day after she first took up the practice. In so doing, she unknowingly honors the research of scientists Ramesh Balasubramaniam and Michael Turvey, who were awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in physics in 2004 for their study “Coordination Modes in the Multisegmental Dynamics of Hula Hooping” [Biological Cybernetics, vol. 90, no. 3, March 2004, pp. 176-90]. This is the new episode — #130, “The Dynamics of Hula Hooping” — of the Improbable Research TV series.

To see this episode, click on the image at right, and you will be whisked to YouTube (where you can subscribe, if you like, to the Improbable Research channel).

BONUS: News report about hula hooping in Tarrytown

Ig Nobel webcast will be live on YouTube

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Good news! The Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will be streamed live on YouTube. Details are on the ceremony web page.

This should make it simple and easy for almost everyone to watch.

Video: The Best of Miss Sweetie Poo

Monday, July 26th, 2010


The organizers of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony solved an ancient problem: How to keep speeches from droning on and on… The solution, called “Miss Sweetie Poo”, is an 8-year-old girl who tells long-winded speakers to “Please stop. I’m bored. Please stop. I’m bored…” Here are Miss Sweetie Poo highlights from several Ig ceremonies.

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Improbable Research Collection #128: The 2009 Ig Nobel Prize for Public Health

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

At the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, Public Health Prize winner Dr. Elena Bodnar demonstrates her invention – a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander. She is assisted by Nobel laureates Wolfgang Ketterle, Orhan Pamuk, and Paul Krugman.

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The Big Bank Opera (video), redux

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

As fans of the Ig Nobel Ceremony, opera, and large-scale economic failure may remember, “The Big Bank Opera” premiered as a featured part of the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. A few weeks ago, we posted all four acts to YouTube, each as a separate episode (#124-7) of the Improbable Research TV series.

The libretto of the Opera is also published in the latest issue of the Annals of Improbable Research.

Furthermore, Acts One (“Two Bankers Meet in a Bar…”), Two (“How to Solve The World’s Biggest Problem”), Three (“Big Bank Theory”), and Four (“To Boldly Go”) have now been made available on Vimeo, for redundancy and higher-quality video enjoyment.

The grand finale from Act 4 is embedded after the break.

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