As mentioned earlier, the Ig Nobel tour is coming to London next month, and by a hideous clash of calendars, I might not actually be able to go this year.


However, they have just announced a pre-event the week before – the Improbable Research After Dark, a more adult version of the main show.

Unlike the show at Imperial College, which is free, the After Dark show costs a fiver. It is also being stagged in a cafe/grill, which is going to be a blessed relief to those of us who prefer our science to come with ample supplies of CH3-CH2-OH.

They say they are calling this event Improbable Research After Dark, because some of the studies are on topics that might possibly, conceivably, theoretically, offend individuals who are prim, proper, and of high sensibility.

Which makes it more interesting!

Editor of the Annals of Improbable Science, author and Guardian writer, Marc Abrahams, hosts an all-star lineup of scientists (probably including one or more Ig Nobel Prize winners), science journalists, and other colourful individuals.

Each will do a simple, two-minute dramatic reading from a colourful study that was honoured with an Ig Nobel Prize.

Reserve your tickets here.

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