Ig Nobel prizes poke fun at science
A nutritional analysis of cannibalism and treating kidney stones on roller-coasters were research projects honoured by tongue-in-cheek awards at Harvard University on Thursday, designed to make you laugh first, and think later.
The prize? A fake, 10 trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe and the opportunity to give a 60second acceptance speech before being timed out by an eight-year-old girl saying, “Please stop. I’m bored.”
The Ig Nobel Prizes, or so- called “anti-Nobels,” are organised by the satirical scientific journal “Annals of Improbable Research” and honour the same 10 categories as the prestigious real Nobels.
This year, the Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine went to two American researchers for a study published in October 2016 on the effects of using roller-coaster rides to hasten the passage of kidney stones.
The nutrition prize went to researchers in Britain, Tanzania and Zimbabwe for calculating that the calorie intake from a human cannibalism diet was lower than from “most other traditional meat diets”.
A paper on chimpanzees imitating humans, conducted by researchers from seven European countries and Indonesia, won the prize for anthropology at the 28th annual ceremony.
The peace prize was won by those who measured the frequency, motivation and effects of shouting and cursing while driving an automobile.
SELF-SERVICE: kira Horiuchi, right, of Japan demonstrates the research that led to the Ig Nobel for Medical Education for his report ‘Lessons learned from Self-Colonoscopy’ during the 28th Ig Nobel awards ceremony