Crocodile Gambling, Cheese Disgust Among Ig Nobel Winners

Crocodile Gambling, Cheese Disgust Among Ig Nobel Winners

Crocodile Gambling, Cheese Disgust Among Ig Nobel Winners

Or perhaps you have been plagued by the age-old question: "Can a Cat Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?"

"We are gathered here tonight to honor some remarkable individuals - and groups", said Marc Abrahams, the creator and emcee of the awards, who is also editor of the Annals of Improbable Research.

The Ig Nobel prize is an annual award ceremony.

So next time you see a study that makes you think "people are funding this?!", remember that it might have some more significant applications, and that it might one day be in the running for an Ig Nobel Award. Dr. Milo Puhan, director of the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, found that playing the didgeridoo, that Australian aboriginal instrument, seems to help.

It turns out that the excitement induced from hugging the croc led to people with pre-existing gambling problems to bet more, which over the long run meant that they then tended to lose more. And it has been barely 20 years since science definitively established whether old men's ears really are larger.

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After analyzing four species of insects from caves in Brazil that belong to the insect genus Neotrogla, they discovered that the females of these species possess penis-like genitals, while the males have vagina-like phallosomes.

The Fluid Dynamics Prize.

The nutrition prize went Brazilian researchers Enrico Bernard and his team for the first scientific report of human blood in the diet of the hairy-legged vampire bat. A study by Jean-Pierre Royet, David Meunier, Nicolas Torquet, Anne-Marie Mouly and Tao Jiang that measured how much some people are disgusted by cheese, using brain-scanning technology, was awarded the prize for medicine.

And a Spanish team scooped the prize in the obstetrics category for research showing that babies "sing and dance" in the womb, when tunes were played to them through a "musical tampon".

Of course, there was also the Physics Prize - a 2014 study in the Rheology Bulletin, which finally provided the answer to the liquid/solid cats question. "Indeed, in Japan, they have cat cafes, where stressed out customers can pet kitties and purr their worries away". The victor of the Ig Nobel in physics used mathematical formulas to conclude that active young cats and kittens hold their physical shape longer than older, lazier felines.

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