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Podcast #22: The hardness of security Guards

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

“Gluteal Hardness is simple to gauge, at least in security guards. The parameters of interest are: gender; age; fullness of uniform; visibility of scalp; and belt-width and -trappings. The values of these parameters reliably distinguish a guard who is basically strolling over to say hello in case his supervisor is watching, from a guard who’d shoot you if he could.” Private security guards — of many kinds — turn up  in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.

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This week, Marc Abrahams tells about:

The mysterious John Schedler perhaps did the sound engineering this week.

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BONUS: Here’s an earlier depiction of a private security guard: W.C. Fields in the movie The Bank Dick:

Premiere — Homosexual necrophiliac duck opera, with scientist, at King’s Cross

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

You are invited to the grand public premier of Kees Moeliker (scientist, discoverer of the actual duck) and Dan Gillingwater (composer)’s Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera. Based on Kees Moeliker’s 2003 Ig Nobel Prize-winning study “The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard“.

The performances will take place on 8th and 9th August 2015 at Kings Place, London, as part of the Tete a Tete Opera Festival. Here’s how to get TICKETS.

Starring Sarah Redmond as Kees Moeliker, with a sung chorus and contemporary dancers portraying the ducks in question, accompanied by the Edge Ensemble and introducing Kees Moeliker (in person) playing the duck call.

Here’s a preview, in The Times.

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And here’s a bit of opera history: The opera had a test run last year — a single, spectacular performance at Imperial College London, as part of the 2014 Ig Nobel Tour of the UK. The composer has drawn on the lessons learned that night, tweaked the duck, and cooked up an even more splendiferous offering for this grand public premiere.

What, exactly, is homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck, and how did it all come to this? Kees Moeliker answered those questions in his notorious TED Talk:

Podcast#21: Objects found in people’s rectums

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

“In subsequent years, as consumer confidence soared, so, too, did the purchasing of goods that would find their way into people’s rectums.” Hidden objects — of many kinds — turn up  in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.

Click on the “Venetian blinds” icon — at the lower right corner here — to select whichever week’s episode you want to hear:

SUBSCRIBE on Play.it, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free.

This week, Marc Abrahams tells about:

The mysterious John Schedler perhaps did the sound engineering this week.

The Improbable Research podcast is all about research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK — real research, about anything and everything, from everywhere —research that may be good or bad, important or trivial, valuable or worthless. CBS distributes it, both on the new CBS Play.it web site, and on iTunes and Spotify).

What is a good looking penis, in Switzerland?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

This study of 105 women — whom the study identifies as “relevant women” — in Switzerland probes how those women feel about photos of what the study identifies as “corrected” penises.

Here’s video of lead author Norma Katharina Ruppen-Greeff (who is also a member of the Lust and Pleasure team) presenting the research:

The study is “What is a Good Looking Penis? How Women Rate the Penile Appearance of Men with Surgically Corrected Hypospadias,” Norma Katharina Ruppen-Greeff, Daniel M. Weber, Rita Gobet, and Markus A. Landolt [pictured below], Journal of Sexual Medicine, epub 20 JUL 2015. (Thanks to Adam Olson for bringing this to our attention.) The authors report:

The aim of this study was to investigate how relevant women consider single aspects of penile appearance to be. Moreover, we studied whether women perceive hypospadias-affected surgically repaired genitals (HASRGs) to be as normal-looking as circumcised genitals and identified the most relevant predictors that influence whether a penis is perceived as normal….

Overall, women were found to consider the “position and shape of the meatus” as the least important penile aspect. These findings may stimulate reflections regarding the relevance of surgical correction of the meatus in minor forms of hypospadias. In addition, this study indicates that women perceived genitals of men with distal operated hypospadias (which represents the majority of hypospadias) to be as normal as nonaffected, circumcised genitals…

The study was approved by the ethical committee of the Canton of Zurich.

Here’s further detail

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Here’s a photo of co-author Landolt:

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BONUS (somewhat related): The 2012 Lust und Frust [Lust and Pleasure] annual report (in German).

Fetishes ranked by a purveyor

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Fetishes are much on the minds of some people, and there is money to be made from them (them being the fetishes and the people). This study zooms in on one part of the picture:

Fetzack cishistic Preferences of Clients as Ranked by a Sex Worker,” Zack Zdenek Cernovsky [pictured here], Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, epub July 2015. (Thanks to Neuroskeptic and Ivan Oransky for bringing this to our attention.) The author, at Western University in Ontario,

A former escort girl and stripper, now a retired lady in her 40s, of intelligence at the level comparable to university graduates, was interviewed about unusual sexual requests of her former clients. She reported that most frequent requests were (1) those involving a foot or shoe fetish, (2) those to sell to the male client her underwear, and (3) those to urinate into her underwear before selling it to the client.

For a more encompassing view, read about the great attempt to catalog all fetishes (including the pacemaker fetish).

For some of the peripheral — yet medically important — constraints, see the study “An Industrial Hygienist Looks at Porn.”