Quote of the Month

“Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.” — Jim Fiebig


Jim Fiebig was born into the retail jewelry business in Jonesville, Michigan. He began engraving and small jewelry repairs at age 10 in his parent’s store. After receiving a BA in Music Composition from the University of Michigan, he worked as a musician, jingle producer, and booking agent before returning to the family jewelry business with his own store in Sturgis, Michigan in 1979.

Four WISE Members Attend the 25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

wise.ignobleYour intrepid members Sandy Meltzer, Marsha Addis, Karl and Sandra Hakkarainen ventured to Harvard September 17 to attend this prestigious (and funny, as you can tell from the event title and our hats) ceremony.*

Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded for achievements that first make people LAUGH, and then make them THINK. The “Igs” are intended to spur public curiosity and interest in science and other fields of endeavor. Ten prizes are awarded each year, by real Nobel prize winners, for published research by scientists all over the world.

For example, this year prizes were awarded for

Determining what place on a man’s body feels the most pain from a bee sting (The scientist used himself as the research subject. Can you guess which part of his anatomy hurt the worst?)

Proving that if you attach a plunger to a chicken’s butt, the chicken will walk like a dinosaur. (The four scientists accepting this award all wore plungers attached to the rear of their pants while they demonstrated the difference between the chicken’s walk with and without.)

During the evening we were entertained also by the “24/7” lectures (given by scientists who explained their research technically in 24 seconds followed by explanations for the rest of us in 7 words). The program included an opera, written for the event by Worcester’s favorite soprano Maria Ferrante, that told the hilarious story of what happened when two people brought together one of every species in the world for a conference.

So, listen up fellow WISE members, plan to join us next year for the 26th First Annual…


Brave New Words

Washashores: Cape Codders who’ve moved there from elsewhere. (Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Newsletter, September 2015)

Koozie: An insulating sleeve that fits over a beverage can or bottle to keep it cool. (The Oxford English Dictionary, quarterly update June 2015)

Zarf: A cardboard gripper that slips around the center of a cup to keep the contents from burning your hand. (Ibid)

What are your views on migration?
(NYT, 8-10-2015)


October 21, 8:15 am – 4:30 pm. — Trip to Newport

Doris Duke’s Home
Touro Synagogue
Lunch at Atlantic Beach Club

Foreign Travel Opportunity, October 8-16, 2016: Cruise the Rhine and Moselle Rivers

For information, contact Sue Durham (508-829-6658, sfdurham@aol.com)

ASSUMPTION COLLEGE HumanArts Series Fall 2015

All WISE members are welcome to attend the following events.

Sunday, October 4
Voice recital
William Hite, Tenor
Linda Osborn, pianist
Chapel of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, November 15

Organ Recital
Dr. Craig Cramer, Professor of Organ at the University of Notre Dame
Chapel of the Holy Spirit