This years’ Ig Nobel awards have just been presented.
The awards recognise achievements that “first make people laugh, then make them think”.
Pictured is Ig Nobel Medicine Prize winner Dan Meyer punctuating his and Brian Witcombe’s joint one-minute-long acceptance speech for their prize in the medicine category. Their paper was entitled: “Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects.”
Other notable winners included:
PHYSICS: L. Mahadevan of Harvard University, USA, and Enrique Cerda Villablanca of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, for studying how sheets become wrinkled.
LINGUISTICS: Juan Manuel Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and NÃƒÆ’Ã‚ºria SebastiÃƒÆ’Ã‚¡n-Galles, of Universitat de Barcelona, for showing that rats sometimes cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and a person speaking Dutch backwards.
AVIATION: Patricia V. Agostino, Santiago A. Plano and Diego A. Golombek of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina, for their discovery that Viagra aids jetlag recovery in hamsters.
The full list of awards is here.