Marc Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobel Prize, NPR Science Friday commentator, and editor of The Annals of Improbable Research, has long collected odd, imaginative, and surprisingly funny scientific discoveries from around the world.

Improbable research is research that makes people laugh and then think. Marc Abrahams will publish a new book, ‘This is Improbable Too: Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors, and More WTF Research,’ out in August.

Improbable Research is the name of the organization. They collect (and sometimes conduct) improbable research.

They publish a magazine called the Annals of Improbable Research, and They administer the Ig Nobel Prizes.

This is Improbable Too

In This is Improbable Too: Synchronized Cows, Speedy Brain Extractors, and More WTF Research, Abrahams compiles quirky, bizarre, and laughter-inducing research on all things related to the human body and the brain. Featuring scientists from around the world, This is Improbable Too introduces the experts who have researched everything from swearing’s correlation with pain to the Scottish kilt’s effect on the wearer’s virility. How many Einsteins, besides Albert, were also groundbreaking scientists? Can pizza prevent cancer?

Not your ordinary science fair symposium, This is Improbable Too focuses on the answers to these (and many more) funny yet thought-provoking questions.

This is Improbable Too Author Marc Abrahams

Marc Abrahams, who lives in Cambridge, MA, is the founder of the Ig Nobel Prize. Awarded annually each September at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, the Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh and then think.

The prizes celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.

Every September, in a gala ceremony, 1100 splendidly eccentric spectators watch the winners step forward to accept their prizes from genuinely bemused genuine Nobel Laureates.

A monthly guest on NPR’s nationally syndicated Science Friday, Abrahams and the Igs have been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Scientific American, and numerous other outlets.

Marc Abrahams is also the editor and co-founder of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research and a weekly columnist for the Guardian

Many exciting things have been happening since the Political Safari tours wrapped in Ghana and Kenya. T

he crew of “An African Election” recently returned from Madagascar, where they successfully launched another Political Safari tour in partnership with the European Center for Electoral Support and the European Union to support the electoral processes for the upcoming presidential elections.

Together with local stakeholders, they have built an amazing team to deliver capacity building workshops for civil societies, the media, students, the staff of the electoral commission, and citizens. For this purpose, “An African Election has been translated and dubbed into Malagasy”.

While there, they also had the opportunity to travel around this exceptional island, working with talented young local filmmakers to film a documentary on Madagascar’s people and the challenging electoral processes.

“An African Election” Available Now on iTunes”

One very big announcement they want to share with you is that now, “An African Election” is available commercially for digital download in the U.S. on iTunes via The Sundance Institute. This is a very big step for us and we hope that the release will create more avenues to positively impact the building of democracy in Africa and beyond. They are also releasing the soundtrack from the film via their own record label – Urban Republic Records.

Statement from Director Jarreth Merz:

“The journey of this film continues to surprise me over and over. Was I prepared for this? No! I thought that after 4 years since the release I would be releasing my next film. Never did I dream of the social and political impact ‘An African Election’ would have. I have been most fortunate to travel, learn, and see with my own eyes what is out there. And so, the film continues its journey.”