Humor

Remote Controlled Cows- And Flerds

If it's a “postmodern” 21 st Century version of range sciences you're after, you can do no better than check out the website of the Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, New Mexico,US. ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Feb 24 2014 - 11:52am

Lipstick Names- An Academic Viewpoint

When it comes to the names of lipsticks, anyone who has attempted to combine the ‘Presentation of Self’ theories of Erving Goffman and the semiotic modelling methods of Roland Gérard Barthes could well consult the work of professor Debra Merskin (of the S ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Feb 27 2014 - 4:19pm

Humor- Failed Or Not

To begin, an example of failed humor.  Two friends in their 20s (called ‘ L ’ who is female, and ‘ R ’ who is male) are conversing: L: “What did the big cup say to the little cup?” R: (sarcastically) “I’m bigger than you?” L: “No, Nothing. Cups can’t talk ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Mar 5 2014 - 12:14pm

The Automatic 'Country Music' Generator

Amazing as it may seem, algorithmic methods for generating music go back at least as far as 1757 (see: Musikalisches Würfelspiel). But algorithmic methods for generating US ‘ Country Music ’ are far more recent. Indeed, Jim Suruda and professor Norman Car ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - May 24 2019 - 1:09pm

'Groucho Running' The Science

Please observe the following unusual locomotive behavior which begins at around 55 seconds into this video – when Groucho Marx starts to run. Groucho is displaying a behaviour which scientists now call ‘ Groucho Running’ *see note. ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Mar 19 2014 - 10:16am

Head Bobbing In Birds- The Science

The question: ‘Why do some * (see note below) birds bob their heads when walking?’ has perplexed scientists for many years. Some researchers suggest that head-bobbing may be correlated with the morphology of the retina, but others propose that it’s mechan ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Mar 27 2014 - 1:18pm

"Graunching" A Review Of The Literature

One of the first technical papers to reference ‘Graunching’ was ‘Railway Noise: Curve Squeal, Roughness Growth, Friction and Wear’ (Report: RRUK/ A, 2003, D.J. Thompson, A.D. Monk-Steel, C.J.C. Jones. P.D Allen, S.S. Hsu, and S.D. Iwnicki) “Other related f ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Mar 31 2014 - 9:22am

GWPF Hires Lord Monckton As I.T. Consultant

GWPF Hires Lord Monckton As I.T. Consultant Lord Lawson, founder of the Global Warming Policy Foundation is to pay Viscount Monckton an undisclosed retainer for I.T. consultancy services following a failure of the GWPF's server to post valid scientif ...

Blog Post - Patrick Lockerby - Apr 1 2014 - 12:30am

Is There An Optimum Solution To The Missing Sock Problem? Cosmic Embryo #7

It finally happened. One of the purple striped socks my daughter Lana had given me as a birthday present in Winnipeg a few years ago vanished at some stage while I was doing laundry in Los Angeles, after we gave a lecture at UCLA. ...

Article - Richard (Dick) Go... - Apr 1 2014 - 11:43am

Hairy Ball Theorem Updated

The Hairy Ball Theorem   (HBT) was first postulated (and then proved) by Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer in 1912. An informal statement of the theorem is that:               “One cannot comb the hair on a coconut”. ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Apr 3 2014 - 10:56am