The 21st 1st (no typo) Annual IgNobel Prizes are tomorrow. What are the Igs, you ask?
The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.
Awarded by Improbable Research, we will learn tomorrow whose real-life research is the weirdest, coolest, and funniest.
For example, last year’s physics prize went to
Lianne Parkin, Sheila Williams, and Patricia Priest of the University of Otago, New Zealand, for demonstrating that, on icy footpaths in wintertime, people slip and fall less often if they wear socks on the outside of their shoes.
Here’s the reference to prove it!
It is always entertaining and reminds us all why we love science!
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Yesterday was Nikola Tesla’s birthday, the man who is most famously known for giving us alternating current (AC).
In celebration, enjoy ‘Poker Face’ by Lady Gaga played with Tesla Coils!
Wow. Soooooo busy lately! Don’t worry, I’m still alive. New posts coming soon.
But in the meantime, here is a great Canada Day song that I guarantee you will watch more than once!
Are you an uber-nerd like me? Then you’ll find this quite amusing.
The actual death scene is still perhaps the single most memorable moment from a video game I’ve ever seen.
Of course, I mean on the Geek Zodiac.
Based on the Chinese Zodiac, the Geek Zodiac goes by year of birth.
Turns out I am a Robot:
ROBOT (Optimus Prime, RoboCop, Terminator, Voltron)
+ Law abiding, dedicated, logical
– Stubborn, intractable, cold
(Why 1984? The year both the Terminator and Transformers debut)
I was hoping I would be a Wizard, but I guess you can’t argue with the stars.