Humor

Blirtatiousness: Studies In Blurting

“Converging evidence indicates that blirtatiousness is unique in its ability to amplify people’s qualities, making these qualities more readily observable to perceivers.” ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Jun 11 2013 - 9:23am

Carbon Monoxide (may Be) Good For You (in Small Doses) (some Say)

Carbon Monoxide – dubbed “The Silent Killer” is a colourless and odourless gas – highly toxic to human beings. It’s a common pollutant in city air, coming mainly from vehicle exhaust emissions. But what if “CO, in small doses, is a boon to the well-being ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Jun 17 2013 - 1:13pm

Artistotle’s Hunch About Pebbles — Upheld

It was no less than Aristotle himself who wondered “Why are the stones on the seashore which are called pebbles round, when they are originally made from long stones and shells?” In typical Aristotlean fashion, he not only asked the question, but went on t ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Jun 21 2013 - 3:56pm

Jolts from Volts

Jolts from Volts I have almost finished my translation of Volta's original article on his pile and his crown of cups. Most of the article is a straightforward description of his experiments, but I thought I would highlight this rather humorous paragr ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - Jun 22 2013 - 12:56pm

The Urinal Problem- Minimized

“A man walks into a men’s room…” No, it’s not the beginning of a joke, it’s the beginning of a scholarly paper presented in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2010, Volume 6099/2010, pp. 284-295. To continue:     “A man walks into a men’s room and observe ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Jun 27 2013 - 8:56am

Barbie® Studies

Academics have been examining Barbie® for more than a decade now. One of the first to do so was senior professor Albert Magro of Fairmont State University, who, in 1997 presented his paper ‘Why Barbie is perceived as beautiful.’ (Perceptual and Motor Skill ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Jul 10 2013 - 1:18pm

Jellyfish-induced Lesions In Brazil

    “The heart is a muscular organ that pumps the blood and makes it circulates in the body. Figuratively it refers to sensibility, affection and love.”- explain Maria do Carmo Araujo Palmeira Queiroz and Juliana Nascimento de Andrade Rabelo Caldas, the Br ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Jul 11 2013 - 1:22pm

The Importance Of Finger Lengths (for Sumo Wrestlers)

A new paper has been published regarding the significance of 2D:4D (the length ratios of the 2nd (index finger) and 4th (ring finger). A joint research team from the Kochi Branch of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), the Osaka School of International P ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Jul 13 2013 - 11:27am

Weekend Science: Beer Flavor Leads To Dopamine Release In Men

You know what happens to women when they watch Katherine Heigl movies or episodes of "The Bachelor"?  Well, it happens to men also- when they think there might be beer nearby. Really, it is almost Pavlovian, except the saliva is mental too. A PET ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jul 13 2018 - 9:26am

Personal Grooming- Should We Bother?

“Every day workers take time to shower, style their hair, select clothes and get dressed. Others spend additional time to shave, trim nails, apply makeup, polish shoes and iron clothes.” Should they bother? For, until recently, it was “…unclear whether su ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Jul 27 2013 - 12:51pm