Friday, October 06, 2006

Ig Nobel Prizes

The 2006 Ig Nobel Prize Winners have been announced. Highlights include:
  • Acoustics: for conducting experiments to learn why people dislike the sound of fingernails scraping on a blackboard.
  • Mathematics: for a trivial calculation on the number of photographs must be taken to ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed.
  • Physics: for research on why bent dry spaghetti breaks into more than two pieces. Experiments in spaghetti can be easily reproduced in your own home.
  • Chemistry and Biology: for research involving cheddar and limburger cheese, respectively.
  • Economics: no prize this year.


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