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Dual high heels [patent]

Monday, September 20th, 2021

“Shoes, especially high heels, have some special functions. It makes a wearer look taller than the real height of the wearer. Therefore, many young ladies, who want to be looked taller, wear high heel with very tall heel. The other function of high heels is that it has strong attraction power for some male adult.“

Explains US patent 7,574,819 B2 

“ Dress up or made up is very important in social life to give impression to other people. Especially for young ladies of twenties and thirties or even forties, dress up is critical to find their mates. Some young ladies even take risks of doing plastic surgeries to their body if she can make ‘ the one ’ as her mate. For them, shoes, cloths, jewelry, and adornments are less dangerous means to get attraction from ‘ the one ‘. “

The invention offers a considerable advantage over standard high-heeled shoes, which, as the inventor points out, are not a completely risk-free item –

“If a young lady wears a high heel that is very tall and the heel shape is narrow, she can easily dislocate her ankle. It may be charming but dangerous.“

The invention, as can be seen in the accompanying drawing, increases the number of heels by a factor of 100%, and in so doing –

“ . . . reduces dislocation of wearer’s ankle though the heels are narrow and long. “

Patent research Martin Gardiner

TV visit to the Ig Nobel Prizes Exhibition in Japan

Friday, September 17th, 2021

Qpri-TV visited the newly opened Ig Nobel Prizes exhibition in Fukuoka, Japan:

The exhibition runs through November 3, 2021

The Possible Advantages of Square Cigarettes [focus-group report, 1999]

Monday, September 13th, 2021

What might be the advantages of “square” cigarettes? In 1999, the US tobacco company R.J Reynolds employed the Opinion and Marketing Research firm Delta Research to investigate.

Participants of two “Consumer Idea Generation” (CIG) focus groups from Indianapolis were paid $35 each (plus dinner) to list (amongst other things) possible advantages of “Square” cigarettes. The findings :

• Won’t roll off a table
• Easier to package
• Easier to hold
• Prettier
• More tobacco in each cigarette
• Less awkward
• Won’t roll into the ashtray
• Could be packed tighter
• Would fit into an ashtray better
• Easier to put out
• Won’t roll into sink
• Could wrap sandpaper around a square cigarette and use it to sand small places
• Could get more in the same sized package, or get the same number in a smaller package
• Square cigarettes wouldn’t bend as easily
• Could do better bar room tricks and games
• Would use less paper
• Wouldn’t have to chase down a rolling cigarette to step on it to put it outlined
• Safer, because a lit cigarette wouldn’t roll under things (furniture)
• You could build model log houses with working chimneys

See : Page 25 (27 in the original) of R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO CO. CONSUMER IDEATION FOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA–MARCH 30-31, 1992 (920330-920331). Acquired in 2002 by the University of California San Francisco as part of the The Truth Tobacco Industry Documents archive.

Research reserach by Martin Gardiner

YouTube, the Ig Nobel Prizes, and the Year 1914

Monday, September 13th, 2021

YouTube’s notorious takedown algorithms are blocking the video of the 2021 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.

We have so far been unable to find a human at YouTube who can fix that. We recommend that you watch the identical recording on Vimeo.

The Fatal Song

This is a photo of John McCormack, who sang the song “Funiculi, Funicula” in the year 1914, inducing YouTube to block the 2021 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.

Here’s what triggered this: The ceremony includes bits of a recording (of tenor John McCormack singing “Funiculi, Funicula”) made in the year 1914.

The Corporate Takedown

YouTube’s takedown algorithm claims that the following corporations all own the copyright to that audio recording that was MADE IN THE YEAR 1914: “SME, INgrooves (on behalf of Emerald); Wise Music Group, BMG Rights Management (US), LLC, UMPG Publishing, PEDL, Kobalt Music Publishing, Warner Chappell, Sony ATV Publishing, and 1 Music Rights Societies”

UPDATES: (Sept 19, 2021) There’s an ongoing discussion on Slashdot.(Sept 13, 2021) There’s an ongoing discussion on Hacker News, about this problem.

A Zigzaging Look at Viagra Uses, from Zagazig University

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Zagazig University adds to the growing pool of information about the drug known as Viagra:

Sildenafil: from angina to SARS-CoV-2 [Sildénafil: de l’angine au SARS-CoV-2],” Ghada M. Khairy, Sawsan M.A. El-Sheikh, Naglaa Z. Eleiwa, and Azza A.A. Galal, Sexologies, epub 2021.

The authors, at the Department of Pharmacology, Zagazig University, Egypt, report:

Sildenafil was first examined as an alternative to nitrates for the management of angina pectoris and hypertension and eventually developed into an oral therapeutic agent used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction…. Here we review fundamental highlights in the enhancement of sildenafil for numerous scientific disorders and consider practicable new uses for this versatile drug.

Improbable Research