The winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements include researchers and analysts who made studies on the results of intense kissing, on global use of the word ‘huh’ and on how badly bee stings hurt on various body parts etc.,
These annual prizes which are meant to entertain and encourage global research and innovation, are awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research as a whimsical counterpart to the Nobel Prizes and will be announced next month. Out of the 10 awards, 3 awards went to group of researchers who found out that nearly all mammals regardless of size take about 21 seconds to pee, showed it is possible to partially un-boil an egg with chemicals, and used math to determine how a North African emperor from the 17th century fathered 888 children in just 30 years.
The rest of the other teams won prizes for finding out how attaching a weighted stick to a chicken’s rear end could demonstrate how dinosaurs might have walked, and for showing that acute appendicitis can be diagnosed by how much pain a patient feels when driven over speed bumps.Researcher Michael L Smith was given the physiology and entomology prize for arranging honey bees to sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations on his body, revealing that one of the most painful locations was on his penis.Former winners of real Nobels handed out the spoof awards at the ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, organised by Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals.
2 teams of researchers who conducted experiments to study the biological effects of intense kissing could result in decreased skin allergies have won the Ig Nobel medicine prize. The literature prize was given to researchers who showed that the word “huh?” appears to exist in every language.
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