• This Is Improbable features research that makes you laugh, then think—from auditory cues in the crispness of potato chips to the history of the word dude. [1 of 3]

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culture 12 Sep 2012

by Marc Abrahams, editor of Annals of Improbable Research and author of This Is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research.

  • See also the problem that coffee that initially drips through a filter is stronger than that which comes later—solved by Robert M. Richman. Or... [2 of 3]
  • ...how engineer Charles Siem aided fashionistas with his report “Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown,” which sparked an orchestral piece. [3 of 3]
  • Images (in order): cover of This Is Improbable, by Marc Abrahams; photo by Flickr user Tim Sackton, used under a Creative Commons license; cover of A Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown.

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