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“The Fruit Fly (Genotype: nevermore)”

Male and female fruit flies. Drawing by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff, in homage to T.H. Morgan. This poem is reprinted from the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Another in an endless series of poems evolved from E.A. Poe’s original by Jennifer Sosnowski University of Virginia, Charlottesville Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, O’er [...]

How to Cater a Roman Orgy

The house in which the alleged orgy ostensibly occurred. Drawing by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff. By Corky White Professor of Anthropology Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA As a very young caterer in the late 1970s, I learned lessons the hard way every day. I catered for people who knew their food, and so I tried to make things [...]

What’s Cooking at the Museum of Burnt Food

A return visit to a carbon sink facility by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff The Museum of Burnt Food continues to grow and prosper. Since our last visit to the museum, the collection has moved to a new facility in Arlington, Massachusetts. A small lake next to the building serves as a scenic, yet high-capacity emergency reaction [...]