I love everything about the Ig Nobel Prize Awards. Their motto is “Achievements that make people laugh, then think” – which is sort of the best thing ever, right?
So I’m going to give a run-down of all the past winners, broken up into completely arbitrary categories of my own sleep-deprived choosing.
I Would’ve Loved to be at That IRB Meeting
2006: “Termination of Intractable Hiccups by Digital Rectal Massage” (A strangely popular concept.)
2005: The invention of Neuticles: Fake Testicles for Neutered Dogs.
2002: “Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture”
2001: “Injuries Due To Falling Coconuts” (Published in The Journal of Trauma! Which is apparently a thing!)
1999: “Collecting, cataloging, and contemplating” the different types of containers patients use for urine samples. (Out of 164 samples, the best is definitely the roll-on deodorant.)
1995: “The Effects of Unilateral Forced Nostril Breathing on Cognition”
I Would Totally Read That Study
2007: The side-effects of swallowing swords. (For example, the gag reflex is a problem.)
2004: The Effect of Country Music on Suicide. (Money quote: “The greater the airtime devoted to country music, the greater the white suicide rate.”)
2000: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Male and Female Genitals During Coitus and Female Sexual Arousal.” (What? And you wouldn’t? C’mon, it’s an MRI.)
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2010: Symptoms of asthma can be alleviated by riding on rollercoasters.
2008: Expensive placebos work better than inexpensive placebos
2003: The hippocampi of London taxi drivers are more highly developed. (I have been to London, and I am not surprised by this.)
1998: The Man who Pricked His Finger and Smelt Putrid for Five Years.
1997: Listening to Muzak stimulates your immune system
1993: “Acute Management of the Zipper-Entrapped Penis”
2009: Donald Unger, an allergist/immunologist, won the Medicine prize for personally investigating the claim that knuckle-cracking causes arthritis by cracking the knuckles of only one hand, daily, for six decades.
1996: Presented to tobacco company scientists for “their unshakeable discovery, as revealed in sworn testimony to the U.S. Congress, that nicotine is not addictive.”
Wow, these are the best papers in history. This is a win for all of mankind.
So I guess “What’s your sign?” has now been replaced by “You interested in MRI research?”
working as a med tech, my all time favorite urine specimen container. Urine for a pregnancy test in a baby bottle complete with nipple top.