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

January 2020, issue number 2020-01. ISSN 1076-500X.

            <https://www.improbable.com/airchives/miniair/>

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  Research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK.

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01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

02 Imminent Events

03 IN THE MAGAZINE ITSELF: Ig Nobel, Impending Psychology

04 Are Free Agents Perspicacious Peregrinators?

05 Limerick Challenge: His Perspicacity on Tick Paralysis

06 Needle Not Winner

07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Giants, Profounderer, Crunchiness Lost

08 Perspicacious Pillar's Papers

09 IMPROBABLE EVENTS

20 — Subscribe to the Actual Magazine! (*)

21 — How to start or stop receiving this little newsletter (*)

22 — Contact Info (*)

23 — Standard Gobbledegook (*)

 

            Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

 

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02 Imminent Events

 

            AAAS Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA — February 15.

                        The Improbable Research session

                         is open to the public, free. Bring friends.

 

            Ig Nobel EuroTour — March & April.

                        The schedule still has room for

                        additional small events.

                        If you'd like to host a talk,

                        please email <marc atttttttt improbable dotttttttt com>.

 

FULL IMPROBABLE EVENTS SCHEDULE: <http://www.improbable.com/improbable-research-shows/complete-schedule/>

 

 

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03 IN THE MAGAZINE ITSELF: Ig Nobel, Impending Psychology

 

            WHAT YOU ARE READING AT THIS MOMENT

            is just our monthly newsletter, (mini-AIR).

 

            Our best stuff goes into the actual magazine:

            Annals of Improbable Research (AIR).

 

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The special PSYCHOLOGY issue is in prep.

 

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04 Are Free Agents Perspicacious Peregrinators?

 

This month's quasi-randomly selected dip into our vast collection of Improbable Research:

 

"Are Free Agents Perspicacious Peregrinators?" Donald J. Cymrot and James A. Dunlevy, Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 69, no. 1, February 1987, pp. 50-8. <https://tinyurl.com/uwvf2lb> The authors explain:

 

"The perspicacious peregrinator model of Polachek and Horvath hypothesizes that individuals decide to migrate based on the size of potential gains. This model is tested using the migration decisions of Major League Baseball players between 1978 and 1980."

 

 

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05 Limerick Challenge: His Perspicacity on Tick Paralysis

 

This month's RESEARCH LIMERICK challenge — Devise a pleasing limerick that encapsulates this study:

 

"The Perspicacity of Seymour Hadwen on Tick Paralysis — A Commentary," M.W. Felz, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, vol. 11 No. 2, 2000, pp. 113-121. <https://tinyurl.com/uwlvdmp> The author explains:

 

"A commentary on a study of tick paralysis by Seymour Hadwen is presented. Clinical and investigative insights are evaluated. The similarities between Hadwen's observations and those of Allen Steere involving Lyme disease are explained. Research and clinical observations supporting Hadwen's findings are discussed."

 

Submit your perfectly formed, delightfully enlightening limerick to:

 

            PERSPICACITY LIMERICK COMPETITION

            c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

 

 

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06 Needle Not Winner

 

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

 

Loss of a Sewing Needle in the Tongue During Attempted Tongue Piercing: Report of a Case," Terrence R. Nedbalski, Daniel M. Laskin, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 64, no. 1, January 2006, pp. 135-7.

 

INVESTIGATOR JOANNE ELISA LEARY writes:

 

When piercing one’s tongue on the cheap,

Be advised of the harvest you’ll reap.

  If you cut off the pin

  After putting it in,

You’ll lose it, and then how you’ll weep.

 

This month's take from our LIMERICK LAUREATE, MARTIN EIGER:

 

At the hospital, in came some guy,

After piercing his tongue when awry.

  But the docs saved the day,

  Kept infection at bay.

So what Darwin said doesn't apply.

 

 

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07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Giants, Profounderer, Crunchiness Lost

 

Recent improbable research bits you may have missed...

 

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* "Big Men" in Leadership Roles

* "Bullshit Makes the Art Grow Profounder" study

* Hair Club member and three (3) Ig Nobel Prizewinners named among the "50 Most Influential Psychologists"

<https://www.improbable.com/category/lfhcfs-hair-club/>

 

PODCAST:

<https://www.improbable.com/category/the-weekly-improbable-research-podcast/>

Episode 201—Crunchiness Lost, Clever Contraptions to Trap Crooks, Shoe-Throwing at Weddings, Untied Laces Across the World, Moving Violations of Washing Machines, Stool Pigeons, Clothes for Clothes Shopping, Tanning Beds, Frozen Mammoth Meat, and Neurological Damage from Praying.

 

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08 Perspicacious Pillar's Papers

 

This month's quasi-randomly selected other dip into our vast collection of Improbable Research:

 

"Perspicacious Pillar's Papers," Glenn G. Gilbert, American Speech, vol. 59, no. 3, Autumn, 1984, pp. 236-239. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/454492>

 

 

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09 IMPROBABLE EVENTS

 

Beijing, China                                                 —Jan 13, 2020

Arisia, Boston, MA, USA                              —Jan 17, 2020

MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA                          —Jan 23, 2020

AAAS Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA           —Feb 2020

Ig Nobel EuroTour                                         —Mar/Apr 2020

Ig Nobel ceremony TICKETS go on sale      —Jul, 2020

30th First Annual Ig Nobel ceremony            —Sep 17, 2020

Ig Informal Lectures                                       —Sep 19, 2020

Osaka, Japan                                                   —Fall, 2020

 

For details and additional events, see

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

 

 

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22 — CONTACT INFO (*)

 

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23 — Standard Gobbledegook (*)

 

EDITOR: Marc Abrahams

CO-CONSPIRATORS: Kees Moeliker, Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Gary Dryfoos, Nan Swift, Stephen Drew

PROOFREADER: Ambient Happenstance

AUTHORITY FIGURES: Nobel Laureates Dudley Herschbach, Sheldon Glashow, Richard Roberts

 

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