Ig No­bel prizes poke fun at sci­ence

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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.

Pho­to­graph: BRIAN SNY­DER/REUTERS

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

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