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Recent progress in ‘Super Mario Bros’ studies

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

The 30+ years since the launch of Super Mario Bros. have given ample opportunity for scholars to study the game’s possible influences in academia and society at large. Here is a short list of some representative academic works [ all of which can be read in full via the links ] that have documented ramifications of Super Mario Bros. in the fields of :-

● Medicine
Playing Super Mario 64 increases hippocampal grey matter in older adults

● Religious Philosophy
Super Mario Strikes Back: Another Molinist Reply to Welty’s Gunslingers Argument

● Mathematics
Optimization of Enemy’s Behavior in Super Mario Bros Game Using Fuzzy Sugeno Model

● Business
What do Business Process Modelling and Super Mario Bros. have in Common? A Games-perspective on Business Process Modelling

● Computation
Super mario as a string: Platformer level generation via lstms

● and Humour
Super Mario, the new silent clown: Video game parodies as transformative comedy tools


How to do the stamp test (for erections) if you can’t purchase stamps

Friday, April 26th, 2019

To assess erections, Dr. Susan Lundgren, in this two-minute educational video, tells and shows how to make and use your own perforated stamps, if you can no longer find perforated stamps for sale at the post office:

The Stamp Test

The stamp test is the standard, simple, reliable, inexpensive, quick test for whether a man’s sexual organ is physiological functional.

The stamp test’s inventors were awarded the 2018 Ig Nobel Prize for reproductive medicine. The prize was awarded to John Barry, Bruce Blank, and Michel Boileau, for using postage stamps to test whether the male sexual organ is functioning properly—as described in their study “Nocturnal Penile Tumescence Monitoring With Stamps.” (You can watch historic video of Drs. Barry, Blank, and Boileau accepting their Ig Nobel Prize.)

Those inventors documented their prize-winning research, in the study “Nocturnal Penile Tumescence Monitoring With Stamps,” John M. Barry, Bruce Blank, Michael Boileau, Urology, vol. 15, 1980, pp. 171-172.

What Came Before the Stamp Test: Machines

Before the Stamp Test was invented, doctors used more elaborate, expensive, awkward, embarrassing, perhaps less reliable means to try to answer the question of whether a man’s natural equipment still functions. One of those machines is the RigiScan (and a later version, the RigiScan Plus!). The RIgiScan sometimes itself has problems, as Dr. Michael Werner tells and shows in this six-minute educational video:


Using Magnetic Induction to Give a Cadaver’s Penis an Erection

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Researchers used magnetic induction to get a rise out of, or into, a cadaver’s penis.

Details are in the study “Use of Magnetic Induction to Activate a ‘Touchless’ Shape Memory Alloy Implantable Penile Prosthesis,” Brian V. Le, Kevin T. McVary, Kevin McKenna, and Alberto Colombo, The Journal of Sexual Medicine, vol. 16, no. 4, April 2019, pp. 596-601.

Drawing by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff, styled after photos in the medical study.

The authors, at University of Wisconsin Madison. Loyola University Medical Center, Northwestern University, and Southern Illinois University, report:

We describe a novel physiologic penile prosthesis that uses shape memory alloy properties to mimic the transition between a flaccid and erect penis using magnetic induction instead of hydraulic pressure…. The device was then tested implanted in an animal tissue model and in cadaveric tissue. Testing consisted of placing the device deactivated in its more malleable and compressed state, then activating it using an external inducer wand…

A cadaver was implanted with a latex-covered penile prosthesis using a modified surgical technique through a penoscrotal approach. An adapter to accommodate standard Boston Scientific rear tip extenders was created for the model using 3-D printing technology and used to mimic the standard rear-tip extender used in contemporary IPPs and improved the device anchoring in the corpora cavernosa. The implanted penile prosthesis was activated by waving the inductor along the shaft of the cadaver’s penis…. The prosthesis reached an almost complete activation.

Brief versus Thong Hygiene in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Does thong underwear present heal hazards?  A new study addresses certain aspects of that general question. 

The study is “Brief versus Thong Hygiene in Obstetrics and Gynecology (B-THONG): A survey study,” Alyssa A. Hamlin, Jeanelle Sheeder, and Tyler M. Muffly, Obstestrics and Gynecology Research, vol., 131, May 2018, 108S ff. (Thanks to Gwinyai Masukume for bringing this to our attention.)

The authors, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora and Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Denver, include data on:

Cleaning practices—

Wipe front to back

Wipe back to fr

They state this conclusion:

In this large cross-sectional study we found that oral sex was the only independent predictor of urinary tract infection and bacterial vaginosis, and that wearing noncotton crotch underwear was associated with yeast vaginitis. Wearing thong underwear was not associated with any urogenital infections. Medical providers should discuss sexual practices and underwear fabric, rather than style, with their patients when there is concern for urogenital infection.

Inspired, he did do-it-yourself-endoscopy [video]

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

The gentleman in this video writes: “September 2018 Japanese doctor wins Ig Nobel prize for do-it-yourself colonoscopy. I tried another examination, Trans nasal Endoscopy (do-it-myself)”

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