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.

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