Improbable Research (Catch-as-Catch-Can 5.10.13)

Just came across this blog, Improbable Research (Research that makes you laugh, then makes you think). This group also facilitates the Ig Nobel Prize, also honoring “achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.” Here’s a sample, from a piece about New York’s Most Efficiently Irritating Man:

” … Professor Trinkaus was awarded the 2003 Ig Nobel Prize for literature, for meticulously collecting data and publishing more than 80 detailed academic reports about things that annoyed him (such as: What percentage of young people wear baseball caps with the peak facing to the rear rather than to the front; What percentage of pedestrians wear sport shoes that are white rather than some other color; What percentage of swimmers swim laps in the shallow end of a pool rather than the deep end; What percentage of automobile drivers almost, but not completely, come to a stop at one particular stop-sign; What percentage of commuters carry attaché cases; What percentage of shoppers exceed the number of items permitted in a supermarket’s express checkout lane; and What percentage of students dislike the taste of Brussels sprouts.) … ”

I think you can file this under “We Kid Because We Love.”

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