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Program details from last year’s cannibalism conference

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Here’s the program (downloadable!) from last year’s cannibalism conference at the University of Leeds.

The lunch break was from 12:45-13:45.

Sperm Bags Research (and other Disgusting Research)

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Sperm Bags Research—thinking and looking outside the bag” is one of the articles in the special Disgusting Research issue (volume 25, number 4) of the Annals of Improbable Research.

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Associations: Terrorist attacks and CEOs’ wages [new study]

Monday, August 12th, 2019

“This is an important topic”

– say Yunhao Dai, Raghavendra Rau, Aris Stouraitis and Weiqiang Tan [jointly of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China; Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK; and the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong]. The important topic to which they are referring is the question of whether CEOs (Chief Executive Officers) of major US companies might tend to be rewarded with cash-based compensations (e.g. increased salary and bonuses etc.) in the unfortunate event that a terrorist attack happens within 100 miles or so of their office.

According to the results of the team’s research project, they do indeed :

“We show that CEOs employed at firms located near terrorist attacks earn an average pay increase of 12% after the attack relative to CEOs at firms located far from attacks.”

See: ‘An ill wind? Terrorist attacks and CEO compensation’ in press at the Journal of Financial Economics, June, 2019.

The study notes that:

“Other executives and workers do not receive a terrorist attack premium.”

Co-author Rao shared the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize for management with several colleagues, for for discovering that many business leaders developed during childhood a fondness for risk-taking, when they experienced natural disasters (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and wildfires) that — for them — had no dire personal consequences.

Research research by Martin Gardiner

Prize-winning underwear that traps bad smells

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

A quick video visit with the winner of the 2001 Ig Nobel Prize for biology:



Improbable Research—special ANIMALS issue

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

The special ANIMALS issue (volume 25, number 3) of the Annals of Improbable Research is now out and about. It’s packed with improbable research about animals, and parts of animals, and things that animals, some of them, do.

The special section on animals research brings to you:

  • Flies in the Face of Death
  • Animal Odors
  • Animals or Parts in Motion
  • Insights About People and Other Animals
  • Raccoon Cleverness/Orneriness
  • The Orpington Duck Dilemma
  • Head/Neck/Testicles
  • Icky Cutesy: Croc Tears, Zoo in a Corpse
  • Ig and Beyond: A Jackass and a Fish
  • Nominative Determinism: McHorse on Horse Digits
  • Cat Tricks: Delayed Action
  • Dog Habits: Snog and Poo
  • Habit Research: Skunks and Slugs
  • Cats: Cats, Human Emotions and Speech
  • Dogs: Eye Resemblance and the ‘Guilty Look
  • Ig® Nobel Limericks: Chimp Butts, Gorilla Suits

The complete Table of Contents is online, as are several of the articles. And you can (for your edification and joy) buy the entire issue. Or even better, subscribe to the magazine.

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