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IG Nobel Prize awards

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Check out this year's winners of the Ig Nobel Prize, including (but not limited to):

 

PUBLIC HEALTH

Jillian Clarke of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and then Howard University, for investigating the scientific validity of the Five-Second Rule about whether it's safe to eat food that's been dropped on the floor.

 

ENGINEERING

Donald J. Smith and his father, the late Frank J. Smith, of Orlando Florida, USA, for patenting the combover (U.S. Patent #4,022,227).

 

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BIOLOGY

Ben Wilson of the University of British Columbia, Lawrence Dill of Simon Fraser University [Canada], Robert Batty of the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Magnus Whalberg of the University of Aarhus [Denmark], and Hakan Westerberg of Sweden's National Board of Fisheries, for showing that herrings apparently communicate by farting.

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A few days ago, the "IG nobel prize" was awarded by the "Annals of Improbable Research" (not sure what the "IG" stands for).

 

This year's awards went to (e.g.):

- Research on the speed and pressure involved when penguins poo

- Research on the brain cell activity of locusts when they are shown the movie "star wars"

- The invention of an alarm clock that runs away and hides, thus forcing you to get up and look for it to make it stop ringing

- The prize for literature went to the Nigerian spam mailers going to great length to distribute their "bold and creative short stories" to millions of e-mail readers around the world

 

Here's the link:

 

http://www.improb.com/ig/ig-pastwinners.html#ig2005

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- The invention of an alarm clock that runs away and hides, thus forcing you to get up and look for it to make it stop ringing

Aren't they called "kids"?

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IG Nobel is taken from the word ignoble. The rest is left to you to make out what it means. Some 10 years back there was a journal named "Journal of Irreproducible Results". Such kind of research was published in this journal and ignobel was awarded to someone. Anyone's seen this journal recently?

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I like this:

Linguistics - A University of Barcelona team for showing that rats are unable to tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and somebody speaking Dutch backwards.

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Be careful with all those Vanilla ice creams.

Chemistry - Mayu Yamamoto, from Japan, for developing a method to extract vanilla fragrance and flavouring from cow dung.
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rats are unable to tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and somebody speaking Dutch backwards.

I can't tell the difference between a person speaking Dutch backwards and a person speaking Dutch forwards.

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"Research on beards, wads of gum wins 2021 Ig Nobel prizes"

 

"Beards aren’t just cool and trendy — they might also be an evolutionary development to help protect a man’s delicate facial bones from a punch to the face."

 

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That’s the conclusion of a trio of scientists from the University of Utah who are among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes, the Nobel Prize spoofs that honor — or maybe dishonor, depending on your point of view — strange scientific discoveries.

 

The winners of the 31st annual Ig Nobels being announced Thursday included researchers who figured out how to better control cockroaches on U.S. Navy submarines; animal scientists who looked at whether it’s safer to transport an airborne rhinoceros upside-down; and a team that figured out just how disgusting that discarded gum stuck to your shoe is.

 

For the second year in a row, the ceremony was a roughly 90-minute prerecorded digital event because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, said Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research magazine, the event’s primary sponsor.

 

 

More over here:

 

https://apnews.com/article/oddities-health-coronavirus-pandemic-animals-us-navy-f92f26f2afd1a279c5ddf7c50fb271bd

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