Inertia Makes the World Go Around

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A mini-opera in four acts
music by Georges Bizet
words by Marc Abrahams

This mini-opera had its premiere as part of the 16th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, on Thursday evening, October 5, 2006.

Original Cast
Narrator: Karen Hopkin
The Boy: Pierre Fontaine
Eb: Margot Button
Flo: Gina Beck
The Dog: Maggie McNeil.
Pianist: Scott Nicholas
Friends: The new Ig Nobel Prize winners, the Nobel Laureates, and all the other ignitaries who were on stage.

Characters
EB and FLO, who are sisters. EB is always at rest. FLO  is always in motion. Each girl has a cellular phone always held to her ear.
The BOY.
The boy’s DOG (a biting, but non-singing, part). The DOG appears in Acts 1, 3, and 4.
FRIENDS— the neighborhood children (this role is played by guest scientists). They appear in Act 4.

ACT 1: “A Natural Leader”

NARRATOR [spoken]:Tonight’s opera is about a boy, and his ego, and his inertia. This little boy thinks he’s the most popular boy EVER. Here in Act 1, he has JUST moved into town. Right next door live two sisters. The boy expects the two sisters to come over and play with him. But that may not happen. You see, one sister NEVER leaves the house — and the other sister is ALWAYS running  around. Let me clarify that: One sister is at rest, and she tends to stay at rest — and the other sister is in motion, and she tends to stay in motion.

Now let’s meet the little boy, and his little dog. The boy explains how he’s going to get the two sisters to come admire him. Inevitably, the boy comes to realize, as he always does, how very wonderful he is. Let’s listen.

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Solo's Stout - Best When Served Extra Cool

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Solo's Stout by Barrett Biggers

If you're looking for a brew that will shoot first and leave you feeling a bit smarmy then you need to crack open a tasty bottle of Solo's Stout, made from the finest swamp water Dagobah has to offer. Solo's Stout has a bold flavor that will stick with you through all of your adventures, and the alcohol content is low enough that you can still pilot your ship after tossing back a few beers, not that Han is condoning drinking and piloting mind you. Oh, and if you happen to find any Wookiee hairs in your beer just consider them good luck charms courtesy of Chewie!

Add some bold flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Solo's Stout t-shirt by Barrett Biggers, it's the classic way to show some love for your favorite smuggler and your favorite kind of beer.

Visit Barrett Biggers's Facebook fan page, official website, Twitter and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more mighty smooth designs:

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Beautiful Pots Made by Blasting Music Below a 3D Printer

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Think of it as a way to 3d print a song. 

Olivier Van Herpt, a Dutch ceramics artist, worked with Ricky van Broekhoven, a sound designer to develop this novel interpretation of music. They call their project Solid Vibrations.


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The build platform of the 3d printer rests over a speaker. As music plays, it shakes the build in progress so that the imperfections in the laying of material match the sounds. You can see and feel the music in the finished ceramic pots.

-via Fast Co Design





Pet Pantries are Food Banks for Poor Pets

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(Photo: Cookie and his human by Nicole Bengiveno/New York Times)

In rapid succession, you’ve lost your job, incurred high medical expenses, and suffered a house fire. You’re out of money, but need food. So you head to the local food bank. That’s good for you, but what about your cat?

Now some food banks and animal care centers are offering food services to pets in need. They’re called pet pantries. Owners can go there to get cheap, healthy food until they can get back on their feed and support their pets themselves. The New York Times reports:

Cookie, a snow-white pit bull with light gray spots, knows the hand that feeds her. She has become a regular visitor at a new pet food pantry in the Bronx that sends free Costco-size bags of kibble home with owners who may not have enough money to feed themselves, let alone their animals.

Animal Care Centers of NYC, a nonprofit that runs the city’s animal shelters, opened this pet food pantry in December, and in the first month alone, the pantry gave out more than 2,000 pounds of food for 71 dogs and 50 cats.

-via Marginal Revolution





It's A Shark Eat Shark World Out There

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Sharks are known for being big eaters, seemingly made to munch any and every thing they can possibly sink their hundreds of razor sharp teeth into.

Seeing as how they're large predators they prefer lots of protein, as in huge quantities of meat, and they apparently have no love for their fellow shark when their stomachs are empty.

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Visitors to the South Korean aquarium where this video was shot had no idea they'd be learning a lesson about nature's cruel sense of humor that day, but now they know the aquarium stocks their tanks with the freshest seafood money can buy!

-Via FAIL Blog





Classic Paintings + Tattoos

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Nicholas Amiard adds unexpected touches to familiar sights. In the past, we've seen his Star Wars ships crashed into Earth. Most recently, touched up famous figures from European paintings with tattoos. Now the lady from Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe attends her picnic graced with vividly rendered tattoos.

You can see other images from the series here, including the da Vinci's Mona Lisa and Ingres's La Grande Odalisque.

Content warning: artistic nudity, because let's not kid ourselves about Jean-Léon Gérôme's The Birth of Venus.

-via Khool





Atlas the Homeless Rabbit

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The Glasgow center of the Scottish SPCA is looking for a home for Atlas the rabbit. As you can see, Atlas is not a typical rabbit; he’s a continental giant rabbit. At seven months of age, he is still not fully grown! Not just any home will do. Manager Anna O’Donnell says they are looking for a home that is equipped to take on such a large bunny.

“We are looking for a specific home for Atlas due to his breed and size. A standard rabbit hutch won’t do so his new owner will need plenty of space for him.

“Atlas needs an owner with the knowledge to properly care for him, so ideally someone who has kept a continental giant before.

Atlas is mischievous and inquisitive, and loves to be petted and cuddled. -via Metafilter 

(Image credit: Scottish SPCA)





4000-Passenger Cruise Ship Sails into Hurricane-Force Storm

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For reasons passengers don't know and administration hasn't fully explained, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship sailed into a storm with conditions equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane on Sunday. The ship, making its way from New York City to Port Canaveral, Florida, sustained all kinds of damage, some of which can be seen in the video above. 

One passenger posted on an account of his at cruisecritic.com:

“Captain tried to turn ship but waited too long. Captain said they are in communication with the coast guard, struggling to point ship into wind but can’t move forward. All passengers told to stay in cabins; water entered ship on upper decks, large white structure broke off top of ship, landed in pool... Some passengers sitting in muster stations.”

Muster stations are designated areas on ships where passengers go during emergencies, generally in preparation for evacuation. The passenger said that in the most harrowing moments of the storm, waves broke over the tops of the life boats and the entire ship listed to almost 45 degrees. 

See additional pictures and read the story in full at the Washington Post.





Some Of The Wackiest Urinal Designs From Around The World

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When an establishment decides to go with an overall theme they like to make sure the theme runs through the entire place, including the bathrooms.

Making the bathroom fit the theme might entail hanging some fun pictures on the walls, or adding dispensers and other machines to give the place that arcade feel.

Or you can just install a urinal shaped like that guy who lurks around and creeps everybody out, like this monstrosity spotted at Universal City Walk in Osaka, Japan.

Maybe your bar is full of musicians and band geeks rather than circus folk?

Install a urinal they'll remember, like these brassy basins found in the Bell Inn in Sussex, England, and patrons will be tooting their horns to everyone they know about your awesome urinals.

And you can still convey a strong theme without going too crazy with your urinal budget, like this guillotine setup found in Rheinfels Castle, Germany that makes you appreciate all that you still have in this world.

Take A Pee(k) At The World's Weirdest Urinals here





Chocolate Orange Armadillo

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Miss Insomnia Tulip of the internet-famous Lou Lou P’s Delights bakery makes amazing pastries that look like real objects, such as naked Burt Reynolds and naked David Hasselhoff. But she can do more than just show aging male celebrities undressed with cake. Her most recent project is a chocolate orange. She reveals hidden in its form an armadillo curled up to protect itself from your appetite.





Tongue in a Mousetrap

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A spring-loaded mousetrap is designed to kill a mouse on contact by breaking its neck. So why would you put your tongue in one? Because you have a popular YouTube series and your viewers suggested it. We’re talking about the Slow Mo Guys.

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Which will it be, Dan or Gav to endure the tongue-lashing? It’s quite a sacrifice, just so we can see what it looks like in slow motion. And the effects last quite a while after the stunt ends. Let’s hope by now his voice has returned to normal. -via Tastefully Offensive





Bacon-Wrapped Deep Fried Twinkies

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It's just basic science: any food can be improved by adding bacon and/or deep-frying. Amy of the wonderful food blog Oh, Bite It evidences this fact continously.

Her latest demonstration is the ideal breakfast food: Twinkies, wrapped in bacon, then deep fried. It's the right way to start the day, especially if you eat them as I do: with powdered sugar and chocolate syrup on top.





Winnie The Hutt - Taking Pooh To A Whole New Level Of Silly

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Winnie The Hutt by Kenny Durkin

Just when you thought Jabba was the most horrifying and repulsive creature in the universe along comes Winnie, the Hutt who can eat an entire planet's supply of honey in one sitting! Okay, so he's not quite as gross looking or intimidating as that slug Jabba, but you haven't seen him when his honey supply runs dry. Winnie has far more star power than his fellow Hutts, and he's actually seen as cuddly by some of his slave girls, but there's a war raging inside that silly, willy, nilly old slug of a bear, and his humongous appetite is a force to be reckoned with...

Add some cute yet creepy sci-fi color to your geeky wardrobe with this Winnie The Hutt t-shirt by Kenny Durkin, it's an adorable way to show support for the galaxy's cuddliest crimelord!

Visit Kenny Durkin's Facebook fan page, official website and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more fantastically geeky designs:

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A History of the Food Court

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Those who grew up in America in the 1980s and ‘90s know the mall and its food court as their hangout, the place young people met and socialized. But the food court’s roots go back much further, to city department store shopping. Postwar suburbia gave rise to enclosed malls, but it’s hard to pinpoint when their food courts began, because it was an evolving process. It took a few decades for food courts to become ubiquitous.

The children of the suburban boom became adults and had children of their own. Those children of the 1970s and 1980s grew up in and around the suburban malls. It was never just a shopping opportunity; it was the cultural experience that Rouse had envisioned. The mall and its food court gave the suburbs a "civic anchor," as Smithsonian magazine put it, and a handful of restaurants quickly emerged as favorites.

One vendor that immediately became a food court staple was Orange Julius, that mysterious, frothy concoction of orange juice and “a few choice ingredients." Along the west coast, the Hot Dog On A Stick franchise served corn dogs and fresh squeezed lemonade, though its true appeal was the circus striped mini-dresses and hats worn by its predominantly female staff. The food courts of the '80s also had their fair share of restaurants with roots in the ethnic immigrant communities, even if the food itself bore little resemblance to its old country ancestors. Sbarro pizza, Panda Express and its famous orange chicken, and a Greek gyro restaurant or two were common food fodder in suburbia.

As malls across the US closed and consolidated, the food court idea spread to airports, colleges, and hospitals. Now malls are trying new ideas to lure in customers and keep them eating. Read about the evolution of the food court at mental_floss.  





Pesty Piglet Nabs Fresh Milk from the Dairy Cow, Cow is Not Pleased

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After viewing this video, one can see that it's no wonder calling a person a "pig" is essentially to label them an opportunistic glutton. In this clip, a cute and obviously thirsty little piglet decides that a long drink of fresh milk is warranted, no matter what the animal attached to that udder/twisty straw thing thinks.

During his milk binge, the annoyed cow is seen looking back at him in dismay, swatting him with her tail and trying to brush him off with a rear hoof, all to no avail. In the end, her walking away in combination with his being temporarily milk sated is her answer. I'd be afraid to see what a candid Charlotte would write in her web about that little guy. Via Arbroath





The Ups And Downs Of Life Overseas

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Americans living abroad have all kinds of reasons for doing so. Some wanted to shake their lives up. Others followed a job or spouse. Some went for a visit and then decided to stay. All of them miss something from the United States, but also cherish their new experiences. Heather Mancini lives in Barcelona, Spain.

What she misses most about life in America: Family and friends. “When I was still single and living abroad, I got back to the States once or twice a year. Now that I have a family, and many of my friends and family have their own families, two or three years may pass without seeing some of my siblings or closest friends.”

What she loves most about life in Spain: “I learn something new every day. It could be a new word in another language, politics in another country, or how to prepare a cultural dish. Also, my kids hold three passports and will grow up with an international mindset, speaking four languages. I’m not sure what others think, but to me, that’s pretty cool.”

Buzzfeed interviewed 14 Americans living in countries from Germany to Japan to Argentina, and asked them what they’ve learned from their experiences.

(Image credit: Heather Mancini)





A Cringeworthy Collection Of Questions Asked On Yahoo! Answers

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Information sites like Yahoo! Answers are meant to serve as community driven forums where people can ask any question and receive an insightful answer, and by any question I mean absolutely anything, no matter how obvious or ridiculous.

Want to know if you can uncover your husband's infidelity based on the smell of his flatulence? Ask the fine folks who contribute to Yahoo! Answers.

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Some questions read like pure trolling, while others make you pity the person who posed the question because they clearly didn't pay much attention in school. Or maybe in this case we should pity their child...

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And people wouldn't see Yahoo! Answers as an eternal source of educational entertainment if it didn't contain answers to some of the most important questions ever asked.

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See 21 Yahoo Questions That Are Too Horrifying To Stop Reading here (some content borderline NSFW)





Jedi Elvis

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(Photo: Fat Man Photography)

This is Eric Cajiuat, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, as well as master of the Force. You can almost hear the midi-chlorians in his music. Like any Jedi, he's built his own microphone and he knows how to use it. He can kill with it, but like the original King, he's here to conquer the Empire with love and music.





6 Mauled by Leopard at Bangalore School

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A leopard wandered into the Vibgyor International School in Bangalore, India, Sunday and mauled six people as it wandered around in a panic. It took ten hours to subdue the big cat. Some of the cat attacks were captured on security cameras.

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Conservation scientist Sanjay Gubbi and forest department employee Benny Maurius were injured when they tried to corner the animal and tranquillise him, reports say.

"It was a long struggle to capture the leopard. Although it was injected with tranquillisers it could be captured only around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect," senior police official S Boralingaiah told reporters.

After the drug took effect, the leopard was transported back into the nearby forest. Six people were treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries. -via reddit





29 Celestial Accessories to Put You Over the Moon

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Stackable galaxy bracelets, available on Etsy here

Valentine's Day approaches, and even if you're part of a couple with the mindset that the sentiment of the holiday should be celebrated regularly, and there are no need for extravagances, it doesn't hurt to show up with a little something for your honey just in case. 

Present them with an item that says their heavenly body puts you on top of the world with some of the beautiful, reasonably priced jewelry featured in the linked article. The space theme is fun, you can stretch it out in any number of ways, and it's more unique than the traditional hearts and flowers routine. 

After looking at what pieces are presented above and below, check out all 29 jewelry offerings here. Including everything from meteorite necklaces to stars for her ears, there can be found a wide selection of lovely space oddities with which to decorate your loved ones. 


Phases of the moon ring, available on Etsy here

Stackable planet rings, available on Etsy here

Night sky ring, available on Etsy here





How to Make an Ice Ball Cocktail

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Here's a clever way to present a cocktail! It will no doubt impress your guests. The YouTube channel Cocktail Chemistry shows you how. You'll need a soldering iron. Yes, really!


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Making the ice ball requires a special mold--which you then have to use a particular way. After all, you don't want a solid ball of ice, but one that is hollow inside to contain your cocktail. To do so, freeze the ball of water just long enough for it to be wet inside. Then burn a hole in the ice, suck the water out with a syringe, and re-freeze the now hollow ice ball until you need it.

-via Gifsboom





The Adorable Kylo and Darth

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#calvinandhobbes #starwars #mashup #kyloren #darthvader

A photo posted by briankesinger (@briankesinger) on Feb 6, 2016 at 9:13am PST

About a month ago, we steered you to Disney artist Brian Kesinger and his delightful Star Wars/Calvin and Hobbes mashups. The new ones he’s done since then are so funny, we have to share them with you!

Too soon lil kylo...too soon. #calvinandhobbes #starwars #mashup #hansolo #kyloren

A photo posted by briankesinger (@briankesinger) on Jan 24, 2016 at 7:41am PST

See his artworks that span many fandoms at his Instagram page, and continue reading to see the latest from “Kylo and Darth.”

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Salma Hayek Rushes to E.R. in Revealing T-Shirt, Doctors Graciously Accept its Presence

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Actress Salma Hayek suffered what she termed a "minor head injury" on the film set of upcoming comedy Drunk Parents recently. When she was injured, she was forced to make a trip to the emergency room, and did so without changing out of her set wardrobe.

On this particular day, her wardrobe included a t-shirt that was, as Hayek put it, "completely inappropriate for the hospital." But not necessarily, Salma. In fact, it looks as if it could be the way a hurried E.R. doctor might provide a time-is-of-the-essence, emergency, double simultaneous breast exam. Thus, the shirt was completely on the medical level!

Salma posted the above photo to her Instagram account and thanked the E.R. doctors of an unnamed upstate New York hospital for their time and attention to her case. Something tells me it wasn't their most unpleasant patient consult in emergency that day. 

To see how she captioned her photo post and in case of further E.R. visits or other interesting wardrobe happenstances, follow Hayek on Instagram here. Via Uproxx





Surfing With The Alien - Galactus Is A Hodad

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Surfing With The Alien by Samiel

The Silver Surfer has very little time to hit the waves, what with all the planet eating missions Galactus keeps sending him on, the fighting and the travelling across the galaxy. But when Radd does have a chance to catch some tasty curls he's happy to spend his days down by the shore showing far off worlds why he's the top rated surfer in the universe.

Surfing your way into the hearts of your fellow comic book fans is easy when you're wearing this Surfing With The Alien t-shirt by Samiel, slip it on and people will marvel at your geeky sense of style!

Visit Samiel's Facebook fan page, Twitter and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more mighty geeky designs:

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What Book That You Have NOT Read Has Most Influenced and Shaped Your Life?

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This is a fascinating question tweeted by Venkatesh Rao which I encountered through economist and polymath Tyler Cowen.

The question flips over the classic "What book have you read that has most influenced your life?" into a different realm. What text as more subtly influenced you simply by being present in your society? Cowen responds:

I suppose if you haven’t read the Bible or Quran those are easy answers, but let’s say you have.

I’ve only read snippets of Mein Kampf, so that has to stand as a contender.  But has the book really influenced and shaped my life?  Maybe you can attribute the relevant marginal product to the life of Hitler, with the book being intermediated by Hitler himself.  Therefore I am not sure that answer is true to the spirit of the question.

How about a training manual of some kind, which perhaps my early teachers read but I have never seen or even heard of?  Might my mother have read Dr. Spock or other parenting books?  That would be my best guess.

Benjamin Spock's Baby and Child Care greatly altered (or reflected a developing trend) in American parenting. Many adults would have been necessarily influenced by it, so that's a pretty good pick. Cowen's normally very intelligent commenters also have great suggestions, including Isaac Newton's Principles of Natural Philosophy and the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

How do you respond?





Smiley Happiness Caused

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Here’s a web toy that could also be a game if you played against someone and made up some rules. There’s a grid of faces. Click on them, and they will start to either smile or frown. Keep clicking after you think the face won’t change any more, and it might change again in some randomly interesting way. Or not. Yes, there is a score at the bottom, which you can maximize by concentrating on the happy faces instead of the frowny ones, but that seems irrelevant.

The game FAQ gives you reasons to keep clicking on the faces. A vague offer of a reward for clicking more did not induce me to try for a thousand clicks. Oh yeah, the grid is different every time you load it, so you can’t just memorize the most interesting faces. -via Metafilter





Meet the 71-Year Old Librarian Who Commutes to Work by Rowing

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(Photo: Matt McLain/Washington Post)

Gabriel Horchler is the Head of Cataloging at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He likes to row. 15 years ago, he realized that most of his daily commute from his home in Cheverly, Maryland, ran parallel to the Anacostia River. He could drive through heavy traffic . . . or he could row along the almost vacant river.

Now, even at the age of 71, Horchler begins his day by biking to a neighborhood park, then pushing his rowing shell into the water. He pilots it down the river to a community boathouse, where he keeps his second bike. He takes that bike to the Library of Congress.

The entire trip takes him 90 minutes. He loves it, and the daily workout has kept him in fantastic physical condition. The Washington Post reports:

Some say he’s insane. In Horchler’s mind, the daily ritual of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic is what’s insane.

“I don’t feel that I’m superior to these people in the traffic jam, but I definitely appreciate the quiet and . . . the water and the sound of the oars in the water,” he said. “It changes every day. You see different wildlife. . . . The quality of the water, sometimes it’s filthy, sometimes it’s amazingly clean. And then, with the seasons, the vegetation changes. It’s wonderful.”

-via Jessamyn West





The 13 Most Popular Cars from TV Shows

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Vehicles sometimes become stars of TV series, even when they don’t get credit or draw scandalous headlines. Everyone recognizes the Batmobile, and we of a certain age recognize the Partridge Family bus and the Clampett’s old rattletrap. Newer shows have star vehicles as well, like the Stair Car from Arrested Development.    

When the Bluth’s lost all their money, the only mode of transportation they had was the Stair Car. It was originally paired with the company jet that was sold to pay off some debt. This car was perfect for helping inmates escape prison, letting people enter homes from the second story, and tearing down signs. 3 different trucks were used over the course of the series.

Check out a list of 13 star cars from TV shows that left an imprint on our memories (with videos) at TVOM.





MacGyver to be Turned into a Movie

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MacGyver | Image: Paramount

Lionsgate has announced their plans to make a film from the popular TV series MacGyver, which ran from 1985-1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson and Dana Elcar. Sources said that the announcement wasn't heavy on detail, which was similar to their October 2015 announcement of a MacGyver TV series. The television show is intended to be a prequel of the 1980s series, in that it focuses on MacGyver as a mechanically crafty twentysomething.

Read more on both the MacGyver movie and television projects here.





When Negotiating a Price, Never Bid with a Round Number

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(Image: Monty Python's The Life of Brian)

When you're negotiating the price of something, you should offer a precise amount, not a round number. The other party is more likely to accept your bid. Proposing a round number signals that you don't really know the value of the good being priced. Carmen Nobel explains the Harvard Business Review:

Here’s an easy tip for anyone negotiating to buy a car, a house, or even a company. When you make an initial offer, don’t bid with a round number like $10,000 or $1 million or $15 per share. Rather, bid with a more precise number, like $9,800 or $1.03 million or $14.80 per share.

According to a recent study of mergers and acquisitions, investors who offer “precise” bids for company shares yield better market outcomes than those who offer round-numbered bids

“It turns out that if you make a precise bid, the targets are more likely to accept it, and more likely to accept it at a cheaper price. And with cash bids, they’ll generate a more positive market reaction,” says Matti Keloharju, a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School and co-author, with Petri Hukkanen, of the paper Initial Offer Precision and M&A Outcomes.

-via Marginal Revolution





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