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The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 63

Welcome back to the Thursday night Late Movies, _flossers! As always, the clips below have something in common. Think you can figure it out? Leave your best guesses in the comments section. The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize The Smurfs Intro John Phillips – Mississippi Hemingway’s Nobel Prize In Literature Speech San Diego Union-Tribune Advertisement

Why Didn’t Tolkien Win the Nobel Prize?

I’m not a fan of The Lord of the Rings, but I have wondered how such a monumentally influential author was overlooked for a Nobel Prize in literature. C.S. Lewis nominated J.R.R. Tolkien in 1961. The governing committee considered him, but ultimately awarded the prize to the Yugoslavian writer Ivo Andri?. Why? Recently declassified documents [...]

Hand Sanitizing: An Informal Look

by John Trinkaus, Baruch College, City University of New York John Trinkaus was awarded the 2003 Ig Nobel Prize in literature, for meticulously collecting data and publishing more than 80 detailed academic reports about things that annoyed him. This new study is one of a series Professor Trinkaus is publishing in the Annals of Improbable [...]