2010 Ig Nobel Prizes: Whale Snot, Socks Over Shoes, And Scientists’ Beards

4367365253_b7f9705610The 2010 Ig Nobel Prize winners (like the Nobels but better) have been announced in various categories of science. These amazing discoveries are the reason we are living in the most exciting of times. ABC News reports the results:

ENGINEERING: Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Agnes Rocha-Gosselin and Diane Gendron for developing a method to collect whale snot using a remote control helicopter.

TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Atsushi Tero, Seiji Takagi, Tetsu Saigusa, Kentaro Ito, Kenji Yumiki, Ryo Kobayashi, Dan Bebber, Mark Fricker for using slime mold to determine the optimal routes for railroad tracks.

PHYSICS: Lianne Parkin, Sheila Williams and Patricia Priest for demonstrating that wearing socks on the outside of your shoes helps prevent slipping on ice.

PEACE: Richard Stephens, John Atkins and Andrew Kingston for confirming that swearing helps relieve pain.

PUBLIC HEALTH: Manuel Barbeito, Charles Mathews and Larry Taylor for determining that microbes cling to bearded scientists.

MANAGEMENT: Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda and Cesare Garofalo for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if promotions were made at random.

BIOLOGY: Libiao Zhang, Min Tan, Guangjian Zhu, Jianping Ye, Tiyu Hong, Shanyi Zhou, Shuyi Zhang of China and Gareth Jones for scientifically documenting fruit bat fellatio.

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  • oman28

    ‘documenting fruit bat fellatio” ?
    Did we really need to know?

    • Psychognosis

      who knows maybe the combination of fruit bat saliva and fruit bat semen is the secret to curing cancer.

  • Anonymous

    ‘documenting fruit bat fellatio” ?
    Did we really need to know?

  • mole_face

    Now I’m getting the mental image of a Chinese scientist sucking off a fruit bat while his colleagues observe and excitedly jot down notes on their clipboards.

  • fuzzgun

    Now I’m getting the mental image of a Chinese scientist sucking off a fruit bat while his colleagues observe and excitedly jot down notes on their clipboards.

  • Psychognosis

    who knows maybe the combination of fruit bat saliva and fruit bat semen is the secret to curing cancer.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Hey, you forgot the funniest one of them all:

    ECONOMICS: The executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk.

  • ChaorderGradient

    Hey, you forgot the funniest one of them all:

    ECONOMICS: The executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk.