Friday, October 13, 2006

Thank god they invented the digital rectal massage to terminate hiccups

Some of the Ig Nobel Prize Winners of the year 2006 (full list at Improbable Research)

Howard Stapleton of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, for inventing an electromechanical teenager repellant -- a device that makes annoying noise designed to be audible to teenagers but not to adults; and for later using that same technology to make telephone ringtones that are audible to teenagers but not to their teachers.

MATHEMATICS: Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization, for calculating the number of photographs you must take to (almost) ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed.

LITERATURE: Daniel Oppenheimer of Princeton University for his report "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly".

MEDICINE: Francis M. Fesmire of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, for his medical case report "Termination of Intractable Hiccups with Digital Rectal Massage".

BIOLOGY: Bart Knols and Ruurd de Jong of Wageningen Agricultural University, for showing that the female malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae is attracted equally to the smell of limburger cheese and to the smell of human feet.


At 12:15 PM, Blogger Rudolph Hilter said...

Yuhuuuu! No more hiccups! No more teenagers around! No more malaria (as long as you bring some limburger cheese with you)! Human race is saved


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