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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Damn Funny Research Part 1 (the Ig Nobel Prizes)

Photo taken from: improbable.com

My funny researches and experiments posts reveals a list scientific researches that reflects how innovative our scientists are in trying to discover knowledge. However, do you know that these funny researches have its own award giving body? It's called the Ig Nobel Prizes.

The Ig Nobel Prizes is a parody of the Nobel Prizes. These are given every October for ten unusual or trivial "achievements" in scientific research. According to its organizers, the aim of the prizes is to "first make people laugh, and then make them think". This is organized by the scientific humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). The prizes are presented by a group that includes Nobel Laureates at a ceremony held at Harvard University's Sanders Theater.

Each year, ten prizes are awarded in different categories, these includes the Nobel Prize categories of physics, chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature, and peace, and also other categories such as public health, engineering, biology, and interdisciplinary research.

Its name is a play on the word ignoble ("characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness") and the name "Nobel" after Alfred Nobel. The prizes are presented by genuine Nobel laureates, originally at a ceremony in a lecture hall at MIT but now in Sanders Theater at Harvard University.

In order to have an idea of how amusing these awards are, here is a list of my favorite funny researches which were awarded with the prize. Take note that these were all published in scientific journals. (Click the graphics to jump to the URL of the journal entries).

1.Huh! The F-word can actually reduce pain?

2.Recommendation: If you work in a lab, get a shave man!

3.Conclusion: Full or empty, a beer bottle can serve its purpose.

4.The Cat-Dog battle has inspired a flea competition.

To be continued...


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