San Diego Union-Tribune
Ig Nobel apprised
The Ig Nobel Prizes celebrate achievements that make people laugh, then think — a look at real science that’s hard to take seriously, and even harder to ignore. In 1995, the Ig Nobel Prize in dentistry went to Minnesota dentist Robert H. Beaumont for his incisive investigation of patient preference for waxed versus unwaxed dental floss. Waxed floss won handily: 79 percent to 21 percent, with mint-flavored waxed floss a clear favorite.