Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Premios Ig Nobel

Aviation: for discovering that hamsters recover from jetlag more quickly when given Viagra.
Chemistry: for extracting vanilla flavour from cow dung.
Linguistics: for determining that rats sometimes can't distinguish between Japanese, played backward, and Dutch, played backward.
Peace: for the research and development of a "gay bomb," which would cause enemy troops to become sexually attracted to each other.
Peace: for inventing an electromechanical teenager repellant -a device that makes annoying high-pitched 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 probably not to their teachers.
Mathematics: for calculating the number of photographs must be taken to ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed.
Economics: for inventing Clocky, an alarm clock that runs away and hides, repeatedly, thus ensuring that people DO get out of bed, and thus theoretically adding many productive hours to the workday.