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Troy and the Grizzly Bear

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Anyone seeking distraction can find it in this documentary video, “Project Grizzly.” See Troy Hurtubise in his self-mythic quest to personally build and test a suit of armor that he hopes will let him spend time with grizzly bears. Troy was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for safety engineering, in 1998, for the work documented here.

Bibi’s little video tour of some Ig Nobel winners

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Bibi Science made this little video tour of some Ig Nobel Prize winning things:




Last year’s Ig Nobel show at Imperial College London

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

The 2020 Ig Nobel Euro (and Brexitannia) Tour was scheduled to visit Imperial College London today, March 21. But alas, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 tour was truncated last week, after its first show.

As compensation, here’s video of last year’s Ig Nobel show at Imperial College, on March 16, 2019. The show concluded with the London premiere performance of the sea-shanty-enhanced version of William Topaz McGonagall‘s most beloved bad poem, “The Tay Bridge Disaster“:

The 2019 show was half of a two-event festival. The other half was BAHFest London—here’s video of that:

The Ig Nobel / BAHFest pairing (with a snazzy name: Peculiar) was going to repeat this year, today in fact, but COVID-19 got in the way. We have high hopes that the 2020 show can happen later in the year.

Mathematics and the end of the world, predictably

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

A prize-winning profession confidently confronts a new challenge.

Some professionals—professionals who professionally calculate a date on which the world will end—have calculated that the COVID-19 pandemic is not a goodbye-everyone harbinger. The Washington Post reports, on March 17, 2020:

This is not the end of the world, according to Christians who study the end of the world

The worldwide upheaval caused by the fast-spreading novel coronavirus pandemic has many people reaching for their Bibles, and some starting to wonder: Could this be a sign of the apocalypse?

It sure might feel apocalyptic. But not if you ask Christian writers and pastors who have spent years focusing their message on the Book of Revelation — the New Testament’s final book…. Most of these Revelation-focused prophesiers don’t see coronavirus as heralding the Second Coming and the end of life on Earth as we know it….

A Prize-Winning History for the Profession

The profession as a whole—the profession of calculating when the world will cease—has a celebrated history.

The 2011 Ig Nobel Prize for mathematics was awarded to Dorothy Martin of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1954), Pat Robertson of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1982), Elizabeth Clare Prophet of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1990), Lee Jang Rim of KOREA (who predicted the world would end in 1992), Credonia Mwerinde of UGANDA (who predicted the world would end in 1999), and Harold Camping of the USA (who predicted the world would end on September 6, 1994 and later predicted that the world will end on October 21, 2011), for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.

Dr. Nakamats is always on the job

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Dr. Nakamats has another new invention.

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