The Quizmaster's personal favourites
March 07, 2020
1) The abstract for Ivan Schwab’s Ig Nobel winning article in the British Journal of Ophthalmology reads “Sometimes it seems that you are simply banging your head against a brick wall, as the frustrations of contemporary life seem to conspire against you. For us, life’s headaches are common enough, but what if you spent your life battering your head against a wall—intentionally? How would you avoid headaches, concussions, “shaken baby” syndrome, or even retinal detachments?”
What is this research about?
Why woodpeckers don’t get headaches
2) Netflix recently released a docu-series "X on Earth". Creating the series required 60 separate shoots over one year, in 30 different countries. Most such series feature dramatic closeups, and slow-motion filming. But the conditions restricted lens length to about 400 millimeters and also require filming at regular speed, because you lose light very quickly when you shoot at high speed and slow it down, according to the producer.
If conditions were just right, crews could use _________(9)-sensitive cameras, however, this meant crews could only film for a few hours at a time.
These technological efforts helped scientists as well who could not only confirm popular beliefs but also make new observations using this footage. What is this series about?
X: Night, It is a Wildlife docu-series shot entirely at night.
3) Nominative determinism is a term first used in the magazine New Scientist in 1994. The article cited examples such as an article on urology by researchers named Splatt and Weedon. Karl Jung had also explored the concept giving the example of Sigmund Freud. Further examples have been noted like Reverend Michael Vickers of the Church of England and piano teacher Patience Scales.
What is this term describing?
The relation between a person’s name and their profession.
Better examples: A book on polar explorations by Daniel Snowman, An American lawyer named Sue Yoo, a weather reporter named Storm Field etc.
4) Robert Wood Johnson II, whose father had started Johnson & Johnson, had recently died, ..., and when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation started in 1972, the medical world suddenly had a billion-dollar foundation ready to help—as the younger Johnson had turned the company into a corporate force.
The foundation's earliest efforts, launched with a $15 million grant, focused on improving X in poorly served rural areas where critical patient information couldn’t be shared with destination hospitals. A side effect of the improvements was that these areas tended to pick up Y. In 1973, only 11 percent of people in the areas supported by the Johnson Foundation program had access to Y, or some equivalent. By the program's end, in 1977, 95 percent of them did.
5) Pineapple Support Society is a free support and therapy service for all persons working in the online adult industry. They claim to "have an ever growing team of sex-worker friendly, kink-aware therapists who offer face-to-face and online video therapy sessions."
What could be the reason for this curious name?
“The answer to that is simple, pineapple is the most commonly used safe-word in the US (after stop and red ... but they would have made terrible names) and that’s what we are, your safe word.”
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