mini-Annals of Improbable Research ("mini-AIR")

November 2013, issue number 2013-11. ISSN 1076-500X.

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2013-11-01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

2013-11-02 Imminent Events

2013-11-03 In the Magazine: Ig Soon, Tolstoys and Rifles Now

2013-11-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

2013-11-05 Ceramic Uvula Speaker Limerick Competition

2013-11-06 Fessler on Feet Poet

2013-11-07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Revolving Doors, Washer-Tumbled Legos

2013-11-08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Pedunculation and the Elongated Uvula

2013-11-09 Improbable Research Events

2013-11-10 -- How to Get the Magazine (*)

2013-11-11 -- Our Address (*)

2013-11-12 -- Please Forward/Post This Issue! (*)

2013-11-13 -- How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

 

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2013-11-02 Imminent Events

 

Ig Nobel broadcast, Science Friday, NPR & the web — Friday, Nov 29

 

Spread the word, please! The Science Friday radio program will broadcast its specially edited recording of the 2013 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. It's SciFri’s 22nd annual broadcast (SciFri began this day-after-Thanksgiving tradition in 1992). <http://www.sciencefriday.com/about/how-to-listen.html>

 

      Full events schedule at <http://goo.gl/tzwJt>

 

 

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2013-11-03 In the Magazine: Ig Soon, Tolstoys and Rifles Now

 

The special Ig Nobel issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is in prep.

 

Portions of the special Tolstoys & Rifles issue (vol. 19, no. 5) are online at <http://goo.gl/qAuogp>:

 

      Download a FREE E-BOOK ISSUE <http://goo.gl/BMzMw>

      All issues of the magazine <http://www.improbable.com/magazine>

 

 

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2013-11-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

 

This month's research spotlights both uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and a fatal game of cards:

 

"Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. One-year Followup," W. Conway, S. Fujita, F. Zorick, J. Sicklesteel, T. Roehrs, R. Wittig, and T. Roth, CHEST Journal, vol. 88, no. 3 (1985): 385-387. <http://goo.gl/rbHl2T> The authors, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michican, report:

 

"One patient died due to myocardial infarction while playing cards."

 

 

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2013-11-05 Ceramic Uvula Speaker Limerick Competition

 

Ceramics and the uvula inspire this month's limerick competition. To enter, compose an original limerick that illuminates the nature of this patent:

 

"Ceramic Uvula Speaker," Canadian patent application 2733321A1, by Mira Yung, filed Feb 28, 2011. <http://goo.gl/rbHl2T> The patent document serves up this simple description:

 

"A speaker design mimicking the uvula expressively and acts as a stop point for the speaker component."

 

Send your limerick to:

 

      CERAMIC UVULA SPEAKER COMPETITION

      c/o <marca@improbable.com>

 

 

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2013-11-06 Fessler on Feet Poet

 

The judges have chosen a winner for last month's Fessler on Feet Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor the study:

 

“Sex Differences in Relative Foot Length and Perceived Attractiveness of Female Feet: Relationships Among Anthropometry, Physique, and Preference Ratings,” Martin Voracek, Maryanne L. Fisher, Barbara Rupp, Deanna Lucas, and Daniel M.T. Fessler. <http://goo.gl/7SjqfV>

 

The winning poet is SHEILA BLUME, who wrote:

 

We prefer, whether lawyer or wrestler,

Any big-footed guy (so says Fessler),

  While a woman whose feet

  Are petite needn’t cheat,

Beating all that compete, as a nestler.

 

From LIMERICK LAUREATE MARTIN EIGER:

 

Women, both short ones and tall,

Look better with feet that are small.

   But we like when the size

   Is larger for guys.

For their feet, to be sure. Is that all?

 

 

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2013-11-07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Revolving Doors, Washer-Tumbled Legos

 

Recent improbable bits you maybe missed:

 

IMPROBABLE BLOG:

<> Revolving doors – an examination (appreciating Laurier, part 4 of 4)

      <http://goo.gl/nCx6oq>

<> A converter "which appeals to people’s habits for using the toilet"

      <http://goo.gl/0MkHrq>

<> A washing machine filled with Legos and applied mathematics

      <http://goo.gl/tDXK0t>

MORE, MORe, MOre, More, more at <http://improbable.com>

 

NEWSPAPER COLUMN:

<> They Seek a Language for Cheese <http://goo.gl/OUhH3c>

 

twitter:    @ImprobResearch, @MarcAbrahams, #IgNobel

facebook:   <http://www.facebook.com/improbableresearch>

book:       <http://goo.gl/rHMb3t>

 

 

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2013-11-08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Pedunculation and the Elongated Uvula

 

WHY, UVULA?

"Why Do We Have a Uvula?: Literature Review and a New Theory," G.W. Back, S. Nadig, S. Uppal and A.P. Coatesworth, Clinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences, vol. 29, no. 6, 2004, pp. 689-693. <http://goo.gl/NB6UfH> The authors are at York District Hospital, UK.

 

PEDUNCULATION AND THE ELONGATED UVULA

"Specimen of a Pedunculated Growth on an Elongated Uvula," Herbert Tilley, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, April 7, 1911, pp. 107-8. <http://goo.gl/WV4IwD> The author reports:

 

"The uvula measured nearly 1 in. in length, and from its lower end hung a pedunculated growth."

 

 

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2013-11-09 Improbable Research Events

 

For details and additional events, see

<http://improbable.com/improbable-research-shows/complete-schedule>

 

Ig Nobel broadcast, Science Friday, NPR   — Nov 29, 2013

ARISIA, Boston, USA                       — Jan, 2014

AAAS Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA         — Feb 15, 2014

Ig Nobel Tour of Scandinavia             — Mar, 2014

Ig Nobel Tour of the UK                   — Mar, 2014

Dublin, Ireland                           — Mar, 2014

USA Sci & Eng Fest, Washington, DC        — Apr 24, 2014

NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, USA               — Apr 25, 2014

Imperial College London Festival, UK      — May, 2014

ESOF, Copenhagen, Denmark                 — Jun, 2014

 

 

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