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The 2007 Winners of Ig Nobel Prize Who Made us Laugh and Think

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Scientists of the research projects that "first make people laugh, and then make them think" were awarded with Ig Nobel Prize.

The 17th ceremony of Ig Nobel Prize or also called Improbable Research took place at Harvard's Sanders Theatre on Thursday night, October 4. The Ig Nobel Prizes that are parodies of the real Nobel Prizes, are awarded annually to celebrate unusual, creative and improbable achievements in science, medicine and technology. Some of these inventions may seem weird and hilarious nevertheless they are truly breakthroughs in science.

Medicine
Brian Witcombe of Gloucester, UK, and Dan Meyer of Antioch, Tennessee, USA, was awarded for the in-depth report that analyzed "Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects".

Biology
Dutch researchers Prof. Dr. Johanna E.M.H. van Bronswijk of Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands was applauded for the study of all the insects, bacteria, fungi, shellfish, mites, ferns and other living things that sleep with us each night.

Physics
L. Mahadevan of Harvard University, USA, and Enrique Cerda Villablanca of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, were awarded for finding the key to how sheets become wrinkled.

Chemistry
Japanese scientist Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan managed to extract a vanilla fragrance and flavor from cow dung.

Nutrition
Brian Wansink of Cornell University, once questioned the limits of human appetite and studied the topic by feeding people with a self-refilling, bottomless bowl of soup.

Literature
Australian woman scientist Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Blue Mountains made a significant contribution studying the word "the" and resolving many resolve issues regarding it, such as when you try to put things into alphabetical order.

Linguistics
Juan Manuel Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Universitat de Barcelona won international recognition by demonstrating that rats sometimes cannot distinguish if person is speaking Japanese backwards Dutch backwards.

Peace
The team from The Air Force Wright Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio developed a "gay bomb" -the chemical weapon that is aimed at enemy soldiers who will become sexually attracted to each other after the attack of this weapon.

Aviation
Three scientist from Argentina Patricia V. Agostino, Santiago A. Plano and Diego A. Golombek of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes found that Viagra is useful to hamsters helping them recover from jetlag.

Economics
A researcher from Taiwan who didn't appear on the ceremony, was awarded for inventing a tool able to catch robbers by putting a net over them.

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//9 Oct 04, 2009 05:11 AM | posted by: Killwa
"Simple for Simpletons"??!! It's not simple it's just stupid!!! What a waste of time and resources!!! Who cares if "rats sometimes cannot distinguish if person is speaking Japanese backwards Dutch backwards" what is the benefit of that!!! some of those research seems very intresting but some are totally stupid!!
52 votes

//8 Nov 16, 2007 10:05 AM | posted by: nash
"it's awesome!"
one moron told me...
SENSELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
73 votes

//7 Oct 21, 2007 10:01 PM | posted by: GEMOGONOR IMOKE
Hey! what the helllllllllllllllllllllllllll........... was that? U mean, all they could do in Medicine was to say the side effects of sword swallowing? Come....on, let's try to be reasonable at times, let's stop playing pranks.....It's not compolsry that, there must be discoveries every year, some years can be skipped, whenever, good and reasonable feat was not achieved by scientists, instead of messing up, the whole process by some bulks of shitssssssssss called discoveries, or what do u think??????????????
44 votes

//6 Oct 12, 2007 01:11 AM | posted by: Anonymous
"The Ig Nobel Prizes that are parodies of the real Nobel Prizes, are awarded annually to celebrate unusual, creative and improbable achievements in science, medicine and technology. Some of these inventions may seem weird and hilarious nevertheless they are truly breakthroughs in science."

Even if it is the, "stupidest shit" you've ever seen, it still contributes to science, be it a new method or idea.
45 votes

//5 Oct 10, 2007 09:45 PM | posted by: Maikel
Dude, man, some sick shit in there, but he what the hell, this is also beneficial for the future of science, so what.
39 votes

//4 Oct 10, 2007 07:20 PM | posted by: phil
that was sick and really badly spelt.
51 votes

//3 Oct 10, 2007 04:20 PM | posted by: Phil
While it may seem simple for simpletons, the amount of research, time and experiments devoted to these subjects in order to accomplish these results are staggering, you think its just putting something in a machine and it'l do everything for you? Its just like those people that when an epidemic breaks out they start wailing about how incompetent the scientists are for not being eble to instantly identify the pathogen. This is not Hollywood. And besides, even though those results may seem strange, they may have resolved several problems in their scientific area on the way. The winners results are also judged upon how it may further benefit new research as well.
44 votes

//2 Oct 10, 2007 03:17 PM | posted by: a guy
honestly.... i know why my bedsheets wrinkle i don't need a retard scientist discovering that for me
43 votes

//1 Oct 10, 2007 12:09 PM | posted by: Roth
That is some of the stupidest shit I have ever seen! What a bunch of fucking idiots! These people are supposed to be genious'!!! Why cant these geeks use there nonce for something worthwhile other than a hamster with jetlag and a rat that cant understand backwards speak the bunch of retards!

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