Friday, October 03, 2008

Plants' Dignity, Coca Cola As Spermicide and 'Bastard' Literature Win 2008 Ig Nobel Prize

Too bad our spinning gasing and roti canai in space didn't win any awards. (Because even the Journal of Cuckoobird Loonatic wouldn't accept their publication?)

Nutrition: Massimiliano Zampini and Charles Spence for their study showing that food actually tastes better if it sounds crunchier.

Peace
: The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology and the citizens of Switzerland for adopting the legal principle that plants have dignity.

Archaeology
: Astolfo Gomes de Mello Araujo and Jose Carlos Marcelino for demonstrating that armadillos can turn the contents of an archaeological dig upside down.

Biology: Marie-Christine Cadiergues, Christel Joubert and Michel Franc for showing that fleas on dogs can jump higher than fleas on a cats.

Medicine: Dan Ariely for demonstrating that expensive fake medicine is more effective than cheap fake medicine.

Cognitive Science
: Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Hiroyasu Yamada, Ryo Kobayashi, Atsushi Tero, Akio Ishiguro and Agota Toth for demonstrating that slime moulds can solve puzzles.

Economics
: Geoffrey Miller, Joshua Tyber and Brent Jordan for discovering that the fertility cycle of a lap dancer affects her tip-earning potential.

Physics: Dorian Raymer and Douglas Smith for proving that heaps of string or hair or almost anything else will inevitably tangle themselves up in knots.

Chemistry: Sheree Umpierre, Joseph Hill and Deborah Anderson for discovering that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicide (it was shared with C.Y. Hong, C.C. Shieh, P. Wu and B.N. Chiang who showed the opposite).

Literature
: David Sims for his passionately written study "You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations."


Read the article from BBC here or visit its official website here.

Nevertheless, I sincerely hope that our findings from 'Smoking Could Kill Instantly and Ritually' and 'ISA Arrest Is To Protect You' could run for the Darwin Award, although we have a strong contender from South Africa with their 'Rail Track Club Is Fatal'.

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