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MarcAbrahams

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editor of Annals of Improbable Research, organizer of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, columnist at New Scientist. I write about research that makes people LAUGH then THINK. https://improbable.com/whatis/about-marc-abrahams/

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"many large retailers have relied on overlapping networks of manufacturers, distributors and third-party sellers — creating a baffling (and frankly, shady) shopping environment where many sites sell identical or near-identical items under different names and at wildly different prices" https://linksiwouldgchatyou.substack.com/p/a-glitch-in-the-matrix-of-online

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Onions and or in milk. The May 2024 issue of mini-AIR (the monthly teeny tiny supplement to the magazine Annals of Improbable Research) has just gone out. You can add yourself to the email distribution list, if you like, or read it online. https://improbable.com/2024/05/24/may-mini-air-onion-and-or-in-milk/

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"ProPublica found that Trump’s campaign used similar bullying tactics against its own workers. These fights have been waged out of the public eye against women with few resources to stand up against the campaign’s battery of lawyers, paid from a seemingly bottomless trove of campaign money." https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-campaign-harassment-bullying-lawsuits

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Reuters video news report about the electrified spoon that is now available to consumers in Japan. The technology (also used in electrified chopsticks) was honored by the 2023 Ig Nobel Nutrition Prize. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOqN_BRbSWU

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There are lawyers and corporate execs who dreamed up and approved these 'plans'. And maybe were proud of what they'd done. — "American Airlines has abandoned plans to blame a 9-year-old girl for being secretly videotaped while using an airplane bathroom, a legal tactic the company raised after federal authorities said a flight attendant taped the girl and four other children on American flights." https://www.bostonglobe.com/2024/05/22/metro/nine-year-old-girl-videotaped-american-airlines

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How do you tell apart seemingly identical fanged frogs from Thailand? Melting, that's how. (My col this week, in New Scientist, about that and other stuff) https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg26234924-100-how-do-you-tell-apart-seemingly-identical-fanged-frogs-from-thailand/

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"It won the Ig Nobel prize for the most amazing inventions, but it will be mass-produced. What does the electric spoon do" https://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/international/a-luat-premiul-ig-nobel-pentru-cele-mai-trasnite-inventii-dar-va-fi-produsa-in-serie-ce-face-lingura-electrica.html

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How to Purge the AI From Your Google Searches ht [@JenLucPiquant ] https://gizmodo.com/how-to-purge-the-ai-from-your-google-searches-1851483027

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CHALLENGE FOR ASPIRING NOVELISTS — Try, if you can (I bet you can't!) to imagine a fairy tale: The most famous, most swaggering criminal in the land goes on trial for one (well, several) of his many crimes that is also very embarrassing. Then a whole bunch of bigshot politicians from throughout the land flock to the trial to tell reporters that the famous criminal is just a humble saint.

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Whistling nearly died out in China "from the Song dynasty (960–1279 AD) to the Jin dynasty (1115–1234 AD)", says new research. https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg26234912-300-beans-beans-do-they-really-make-you-fart-scientists-investigate/

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Mourning dead slogans — A very few slogans stand as fading testimony to the good intent of the people who ran a particular organisation. Two of the most outstanding are IBM’s “THINK” and Google’s “Don’t be evil”. Those have both been retired... https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg26234912-300-beans-beans-do-they-really-make-you-fart-scientists-investigate/

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"Thinking through the rationale for the customs we follow is more work than thoughtlessly obeying rules taught in childhood. But it is indeed worth it, assuming you want to actually be a good person rather than have someone assure you that you already are." https://www.bostonglobe.com/2024/05/14/magazine/when-the-generational-divide-comes-to-the-restaurant-table/

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the Dunning of the Dunning-Kruger Effect recently discussed the Dunning-Kruger Effect, (interviewed by Corey Powell, in the Open Mind Podcast) https://improbable.com/2024/05/13/dunning-discusses-dunning-and-kruger/

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"This is consistent with an observation by Charles Spence, a psychologist who heads the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at Oxford and has won an Ig-Nobel Prize for research on the links between sound and taste when potato chips are consumed." https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/09/science/hot-water-sound-cold.html

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Howard Zaharoff tells what happened when he (long ago) got to interview one of his heroes. https://www.humortimes.com/119402/my-interview-with-isaac-asimov/

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Conversation about the Ig Nobel Prizes and some history and other stuff, on the Lab Matters podcast. https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-2utmi-16087a5

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Another headline that — metaphorically or factually — could and maybe should replace a long-running series of attention-robbing "important news" articles: "R.F.K. Jr. Says Doctors Found a Dead Worm in His Brain" https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/08/us/rfk-jr-brain-health-memory-loss.html

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@steven_vlad Ha. You can make it up. But probably you wouldn't.

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Telling Narcissists They Are Intelligent [research study] https://improbable.com/2024/05/06/telling-narcissists-they-are-intelligent/

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The special ANTS & AUNTS issue (volume 30, number 3) of the magazine https://improbable.com/annals-of-improbable-research-may-june-2024-vol-30-number-3/ You can read several of the article free on the web site.

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On a walk this morning encountered a suddenly-creepy corner that today has over-friendly bankers on the sidewalk enhorting people to go behind the building and have coffee.

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US Senator John F-word Kennedy: "Senator John Kennedy’s profanity-laden rant at Wednesday’s Senate hearing is now being used against him." https://heated.world/p/gop-senator-accidentally-creates

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Chung To Kong found a way, in the spirit of unboiling an egg, to make banknotes from shredded banknote pieces.... [And other stuff, too. My col this week in New Scientist] https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg26234891-500-how-to-make-138000-from-shredded-banknotes-if-youre-in-hong-kong/

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