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This weekend

If you're in the Boston area, head on over to the Cambridge Public Library for a May Day full of Ig Nobel Readings. It's part Saturday's festivities at the Cambridge Science Festival.

There will be four separate sessions, each with a different theme:
10:00 am — How Animals Behave
Noon — How People Behave
2:00 pm — Things & Inventions
3:30 pm — Boys Will Be Boys*

All four events are FREE.

*CONTENT WARNING: The 3:30 event will feature subjects that are either, depending on your viewpoint, “adult” or “very adolescent”. Everyone is welcome — but… if you have a delicate sensibility about research that is either “adult” or “adolescent”, you will want to avoid the 3:30 pm session.

BRISKNESS NOTE: To keep things moving briskly, eight-year-old Miss Sweetie Poo will preside at the first three sessions. The 3:30 “Boys Will Be Boys” session will, instead, be under the dominion of the very grown-up Miss Naughty Poo.

If you're in the Minneapolis area, head on over to Bloomington Avenue and Powderhorn Park on Sunday for the 36th Annual In the Heart of the Beast MayDay Parade and Festival. Join thousands in singing "You are my Sunshine" when the Sun arrives from across the lake and awakens the Tree of Life once more.

And if you like flying a lot, go to both!


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May. 1st, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Do you know the sexism level of the 3:30 presentation?
May. 1st, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'm currently in Minneapolis and don't have the list of which papers are going to be read at the 3:30 session. I know it will follow the usual criteria the Annals of Improbable Research uses for "Boys Will Be Boys" material. Those articles haven't struck me as sexist, but rather as the sort of off-color humor likely to appeal to the 13-year-old boy in many of us of all genders. I have a clear streak of that boy myself.

Ah! Here's a brief article about one of the papers that will be read: To Make Love as a Testee.

For a broader sense of the type of material likely to be covered, here's a link to the Boys Will Be Boys blog posts on the Improbable Research site.

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