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Not so Nobel today

When I was in high school, a good friend of mine wrote a haiku that ended up being published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It goes something like this

Turkeys flee in fright
Have a happy Thanksgiving
Bye-bye Indians

I remember it to this day. And the AJC thought it fit to publish – which is pleasant.

I also wanted to note that Thanksgiving is not only a welcome vacation and a promise of delicious food. It’s also the time for the Ig Nobel awards. Such notable (real) studies include No evidence of contagious yawning in the red-footed tortoise!

The math award this year was not as exciting as the others, in my opinion. It went to a series of people who predicted the world would end… and were wrong (it would seem). This is supposed to teach people to be careful about making mathematical assumptions and calculations.

In fact, I find it particularly uninspired.  Nonetheless, it is very entertaining, and I highly recommend it.

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