Monday, October 4, 2010

"Ig Nobel prizes awarded for bat fellatio, whale snot sampling, more"

As reported by Ars Technica, the 2010 Ig Nobel prizes are here!  The official link is here.

Winners include:
  • Engineering, for remote sampling of whale snot
  • Medicine, for reducing asthma symptoms with a roller coaster
  • Transportation planning, for laying out rail systems using a slime mold
  • Physics, for the finding that wearing socks on top of boots improves traction on icy surfaces
  • Peace, for the finding that swearing does reduce pain
  • Public health, for the finding that beards let some microbiologists take dangerous work home with them
  • Economics, to half of Wall Street, as thanks for our current economy
  • Chemistry, for showing that oil and water do mix
  • Management, for showing that promoting people at random is the most efficient method
  • Biology, for the demonstration that fellatio is a normal part of fruit bat mating

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