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The Ig Nobel Prizes 2019

Yesterday the Annals of Improbable Research recognized the 2019 winners of the Ig Nobel Prizes.

Included in the research receiving awards: pizza as a defense against disease; how wombats produce cubical ‘poo’; the biomagnetic properties of the American cockroach; et alia.

September 13, 2019   10 Comments


Yes, it’s Friday the 13th again. The 13th falls on a Friday more than any other day of the week, so get over it. It’s only valid in in English and Portuguese speaking countries, so go visit a Spanish-speaking neighborhood for the day.

If you want to blame someone, it’s the calendar of Pope Gregory XIII that created this imbalance. [He obviously didn’t have a problem with the number on any day.]

September 13, 2019   Comments Off on Paraskavedekatriaphobia

Tropical Storm Humberto – Day 2

Tropical Storm HumbertoPosition: 25.6N 75.2W [10:00PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [320°] near 6 mph [ 9 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 90 miles [150 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb.

Currently about 130 miles [ 210 km] East-Southeast of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 13, 2019   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Humberto – Day 2