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Marc Abrahams writes the weekly “Improbable Research” column for the Guardian and is the author of This Is Improbable. He is the founding editor of the science humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research and founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which are presented at Harvard University each year. Abrahams and the Ig have been covered by the BBC, New Scientist, Daily Mail, Times, and numerous other outlets internationally. He lives in Massachusetts.
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Marc Abrahams is back for more ‘truth really is stranger than fiction’ moments with the second helping of scientifically researched improbability including: can Pizza save your life? how to quickly and successfully remove brains and are lip prints as distinct as finger prints? Addictively jaw-dropping.
Usually manna from heaven for certain tabloid newspapers, bizarre research stories often pepper the headlines and here are some you may have heard of but I guarantee many, many even more bizarre stories previously unearthed. WTF indeed. But looking at all these bizarre experiments and theories as part of a vast jigsaw-puzzle then some of them do have purpose even if is a dead-end or proves the very opposite to the original proposal. Abrahams’ dead-pan style brings out the unintended humour in his subject ranging widely over all the scientific disciplines, one can only observe that truth really is stranger than fiction. Like for Like ReadingElephants on Acid: & Other Bizarre Experiments, Alex BoeseBad Science, Ben Goldacre
Marc Abrahams, the mind behind the internationally renowned Ig Nobel Prizes, is on a mission: to gather the bizarre, the questionable, the brilliant, the downright funny, the profound - everything improbable - from the annals of science research. What's the best way to slice a ham sandwich, mathematically? What makes Bobs look especially Bob-like? Is the right or left ear better at discerning lies? Could mice be outfitted with parachutes to kill tree snakes?