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This is Improbable, Too Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors and More WTF Research by Marc Abrahams

This is Improbable, Too Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors and More WTF Research

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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.


This is Improbable, Too Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors and More WTF Research by Marc Abrahams

Guardian columnist Marc Abrahams collects the odd, imaginative, and amazingly improbable research from around the world. Now he investigates the ins and outs of the very improbable evolutionary innovation that is the human body, uncovering studies on the best way to get a monkey to floss regularly, the amount of dandruff among Pakistani soldiers, and the very valuable material that has been extracted from cockroaches as well as chocolate bars. He also shares unlikely medical cases, including a boy with an 'Eiffel head injury' (involving the tower), and more unlikely inventions, such as a patented system for attacking your enemy with a biowaste bomb. This latest tour of improbable science is guaranteed to make you laugh, then make you think about your body - especially as you look to both sides of a middle finger* - in a whole new way. *Referring to 2D:4D studies by the most prolific finger research celebrities, most assuredly.


Rationalism taken to intoxicating extremes. * Guardian * `A detailed map of the most arcane byways down which members of the scientific community have travelled.' * Independent on Sunday * `Abrahams is doing vital work here... From this deeply improbable book, you will learn that male chess players take more risk in their play when they are playing attractive female opponents, and that British bank robbers don't make as much money as you might think.' * Daily Mail * Hilarious... You'll never look at scientists in the same way again. -- Terry Jones, Monty Python Science nerds and junkies unite! Your book has arrived. * Reader's Digest * Wonderful! The definitive compendium of quirky, jaw-dropping research. -- Richard Wiseman, author of :59 Seconds and Quirkology

About the Author

Marc Abrahams

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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6th March 2014


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