Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

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Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

Postby The Mad Collector » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:35 pm

I just love these :D

The full list of 2013 Ig Nobel winners:

Medicine Prize: Masateru Uchiyama, Gi Zhang, Toshihito Hirai, Atsushi Amano, Hisashi Hashuda (Japan), Xiangyuan Jin (China/Japan) and Masanori Niimi (Japan/UK) for assessing the effect of listening to opera on mice heart transplant patients.

Psychology Prize: Laurent Bègue, Oulmann Zerhouni, Baptiste Subra, and Medhi Ourabah, (France), Brad Bushman (USA/UK/, the Netherlands/Poland) for confirming that people who think they are drunk also think they are more attractive.

Joint Prize in Biology and Astronomy: Marie Dacke (Sweden/Australia), Emily Baird, Eric Warrant (Sweden/Australia/Germany], Marcus Byrne (South Africa/UK) and Clarke Scholtz (South Africa), for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the milky way.

Safety Engineering Prize: The late Gustano Pizzo (US), for inventing an electro-mechanical system to trap airplane hijackers. The system drops a hijacker through trap doors, seals him into a package, then drops the hijacker through the airplane's specially-installed bomb bay doors through which he is parachuted to the ground where police, having been alerted by radio, await his arrival.

Physics Prize: Alberto Minetti (Italy/UK/Denmark/Switzerland), Yuri Ivanenko (Italy/Russia/France), Germana Cappellini, Francesco lacquaniti (Italy) and Nadia Dominici (Italy/Switzerland), for discovering that some people would be physically capable of running across the surface of a pond - if those people and that pond were on the Moon.

Chemistry Prize: Shinsuke Imai, Nobuaki Tsuge, Muneaki Tomotake, Yoshiaki Nagatome, Hidehiko Kumgai (Japan) and Toshiyuki Nagata (Japan/Germany), for discovering that the biochemical process by which onions make people cry is even more complicated than scientists previously realised.

Archaeology Prize: Brian Crandall (US) and Peter Stahl (Canada/US), for observing how the bones of a swallowed dead shrew dissolve inside the human digestive system.

Peace Prize: Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for making it illegal to applaud in public, and to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding.

Probability Prize: Bert Tolkamp (UK/the Netherlands), Marie Haskell, Fritha Langford. David Roberts, and Colin Morgan (UK), for making two related discoveries: First, that the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely that cow will soon stand up; and second, that once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down again.

Public Health Prize: Kasian Bhanganada, Tu Chayavatana, Chumporn Pongnumkul, Anunt Tonmukayakul, Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Krit Komaratal, and Henry Wilde (Thailand), for the medical techniques of penile re-attachment after amputations (often by jealous wives). Techniques which they recommend, except in cases where the amputated penis had been partially eaten by a duck.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24061992
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Re: Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

Postby KnightOfFewWords » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:10 pm

Good batch this year.

The Mad Collector wrote:Peace Prize: Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for making it illegal to applaud in public, and to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding.


Perhaps the Belarus State Police's reasoning was this: we have a public duty to arrest people for attempted murder, so surely we should also arrest them for committing attempted applause.
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Re: Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

Postby Tonyblack » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:17 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

Postby Ghost » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:18 pm

KnightOfFewWords wrote:Good batch this year.

The Mad Collector wrote:Peace Prize: Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for making it illegal to applaud in public, and to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding.


Perhaps the Belarus State Police's reasoning was this: we have a public duty to arrest people for attempted murder, so surely we should also arrest them for committing attempted applause.

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Re: Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

Postby janet » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:38 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
A very fine list.
Just wondering how the late Gustano Pizzo (US) met his end :think: Could he have been testing his own invention?
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Re: Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

Postby Jack Remillard » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:54 pm

I logged on here to post about the Belarus one. :lol:
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Re: Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

Postby KnightOfFewWords » Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:09 pm

janet wrote:Just wondering how the late Gustano Pizzo (US) met his end :think: Could he have been testing his own invention?


Maybe it delivered him to the Belarus State Police?
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Re: Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

Postby The Mad Collector » Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:21 pm

janet wrote::lol: :lol: :lol:
A very fine list.
Just wondering how the late Gustano Pizzo (US) met his end :think: Could he have been testing his own invention?


He was 79 when he died, quite probably it was simply old age catching up with him rather than hijackers
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Re: Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

Postby jaeger » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:41 pm

Ig-Noble Prizes 2013 wrote:
Probability Prize: Bert Tolkamp (UK/the Netherlands), Marie Haskell, Fritha Langford. David Roberts, and Colin Morgan (UK), for making two related discoveries: First, that the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely that cow will soon stand up; and second, that once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down again.

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Re: Th Ig Noble Prizes for 2013 have been announced

Postby Sister Jennifer » Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:41 pm

I like the Physics prize :think: :D
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Postby Catch-up » Sat Sep 14, 2013 1:18 pm

Wow.
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