Archive for 'Improbable TV'

Ciencia Colada takes an Ig Nobel ramble

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Ciencia Colada takes a two-part ramble, in Spanish, through some history of the Ig Nobel Prizes and glances, a bit, at some of the other activities of Improbable Research (including a few of the Improbable Research Collection videos):

 

A Million Random Digits [research study, with implied drama]

Friday, October 19th, 2018

The book A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates is appreciated in the article “A Million Random Digits,” which is one of the articles in the special Numbers issue of the Annals of Improbable Research, which is one of the 142 issues published so far!

The original, digit-laden study was published by the Rand Corporation in 1955. We so appreciate that original study that we produced this video version of our appreciation:

Improbable TV: “The Tay Bridge Disaster” group reading at Central Square

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Here’s a new episode of the Improbable Research TV series. It’s the 3rd of many episodes featuring the bad poetry of William Topaz McGonagall. Fans of consecutive numbering will undoubtedly remember the previously-posted 4th episode.

William Topaz McGonagall, who died in 1902, is widely regarded as the worst poet ever to write in the English language. “The Tay Bridge Disaster” is his most famous bad poem. This is a group performance at the Central Square Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, as part of the 2011 Cambridge Science Festival. The readers are: Dafydd ap Rees, Debra Wise, Robin Abrahams, David Kessler, Ig Nobel Prize winner Patricia Priest, Daniel Rosenberg and Roberta Gilbert.

Improbable TV: Tay Bridge Disaster recited on a train on the bridge

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Here’s a new episode of the Improbable Research TV series. It’s the 4th of many episodes featuring the bad poetry of William Topaz McGonagall. (For no good reason at all, we are releasing this 4th episode before we release the 3rd episode.)

William Topaz McGonagall, who died in 1902, is widely regarded as the worst poet ever to write in the English language. “The Tay Bridge Disaster” is his most famous bad poem. This is the first group recitation of the poem done on a train while crossing the bridge. (The train departed from Dundee railway station. The train celebrated in the poem, in contrast, was headed towards Dundee railway station, but did not complete the journey.)

The performers on the train include several Ig Nobel Prize winners and many of the poetical citizens of Dundee, Scotland.

BONUS: Terry Jones recites McGonagall’s long-overlooked poem “Stirling Castle”

BONUS: Dr. Elena Bodnar performs the first known translation of “The Tay Bridge” into Ukrainian, accompanied by Terry Jones.

BONUS: Billy Connolly’s definitive reading of “The Tay Bridge Disaster” on a hilltop in Dundee, with the bridge visible wayyyyyyy down below.

Improbable TV: “The Tay Bridge Disaster” in Ukrainian

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Here’s a new episode — #McG-002, “”The Tay Bridge Disaster” with Dr. Elena Bodnar — of the Improbable Research TV series. It’s the 2nd of many episodes featuring the bad poetry of William Topaz McGonagall.

William Topaz McGonagall, who died in 1902, is widely regarded as the worst poet ever to write in the English language. The poem “The Tay Bridge Disaster” is his most famous work. Dr. Elena Bodnar won the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize in medicine for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks. She later performed the first known translation of “The Tay Bridge” into Ukrainian. In this video, Dr Bodnar recites a portion of that translation, assisted by Terry Jones, an original Monty Python.

BONUS: Terry Jones recites McGonagall’s long-overlooked poem “Stirling Castle”

 

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