This Is Improbable by Marc Abrahams
Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research

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Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, offers an addictive,wryly funny expose of the oddest, most imaginative, and just plain improbable research from around the globe. He looks into why books on ethics are more likely to get stolen, the best way to slice a ham sandwich (mathematically), and what time of month generates highertips for Vegas lap dancers. Abrahams' tour through these unlikeliest investigations of animals, plants, and minerals (including humans) willfirst make you laugh, then make you think about the world in a new way.
 

About Marc Abrahams

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Marc Abrahams is the editor and co-founder of the science humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research and a weekly columnist for the Guardian. He is the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which honour achievements that make people laugh, and then think, and which are presented in an annual ceremony at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Robin.
 
Published September 6, 2012 by Oneworld Publications. 316 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Probably, they said, it's because "the mass of the feathers was distributed more or less symmetrically in the box (ie the feathers filled the box), but the mass of the lead was distributed asymmetrically along the vertical axis (the box was "bottom-heavy").

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police chief Daryl Gates (who was forced to resign in the wake of the Rodney King beating) was awarded a Peace Ig Nobel""for his uniquely compelling methods of bringing people together."" Abrahams also describes the annual ceremony to honor these awardees--where Nobel Laureates are invited to bes...

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Abrahams, founder of the IgNobel Prizes and co-founder of the magazine Annals of Improbable Research, culled through decades of (often ridiculous) scientific studies.

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You may know Marc Abrahams for his weekly Guardian column, called 'Improbable Research.' Or you may even know him as the founder of the Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the famous Nobel Prize, where prizes are given for "first make people laugh, and then make them think".

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