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May 7

Saints celebrating feast days on May 7 include Stanislaus (another patron of Poland), Maillard, Hernin, Domitian, Liuhard (or Letard), Serenicus, Serenus, and John of Beverly (who is not the patron saint of hairdressers, invoked against cowlicks and bad perms).

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Both Johannes Brahms (1833) and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840) were born on May 7. Sharing their birthday: Gary Cooper (1901), Eva Peron (1919), and Teresa Brewer (1931).

Edwin Land was born on this day in 1909. He was the inventor of instant photography, hence the name Polaroid Land Camera. Well, it was news to me.

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On this day in 1915, the "Lusitania" was sunk by a German submarine, killing 1,198.

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More Ig Nobel History

The 1995 Iggie for Psychology was awarded to three Japanese researchers at Keio University who had taught pigeons to discriminate between the paintings of Picasso and Monet. "Following this training, they discriminated novel paintings by Monet and Picasso that had never been presented during the discrimination training. Furthermore, they showed generalization from Monet's to Cezanne's and Renoir's paintings or from Picasso's to Braque's and Matisse's paintings...Upside-down images of Monet's paintings disrupted the discrimination, whereas inverted images of Picasso's did not." From Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 63, 165-174.

Unfortunately for us, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior limits its on-line full-text articles to one article per issue and ours wasn't it, so I cannot tell you exactly how these pigeons were motivated to become expert on impressionists and cubists. Oh well.

I feel I am cheating you out of the best of the Iggies, but my sister reminds me that "these are SAINT Reports" and suggests I omit the truly gross and tasteless. Bummer.

 

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Marilyn Jones 2000-2008