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    IgNobel Prizes Named

    Here's a full list of the 2020 Ig Nobel winners. Each winning team was given a cash prize - of a 10 trillion dollar bill from Zimbabwe.

    For Acoustics: Stephan Reber, Takeshi Nishimura, Judith Janisch, Mark Robertson, and Tecumseh Fitch, for inducing a female Chinese alligator to bellow in an airtight chamber filled with helium-enriched air.

    Psychology: Miranda Giacomin and Nicholas Rule, for devising a method to identify narcissists by examining their eyebrows.

    Peace: The governments of India and Pakistan, for having their diplomats surreptitiously ring each other's doorbells in the middle of the night, and then run away before anyone had a chance to answer the door.

    Physics: Ivan Maksymov and Andriy Pototsky, for determining, experimentally, what happens to the shape of a living earthworm when one vibrates the earthworm at high frequency.

    Economics: Christopher Watkins and colleagues for trying to quantify the relationship between different countries' national income inequality and the average amount of mouth-to-mouth kissing.

    Management: Xi Guang-An, Mo Tian-Xiang, Yang Kang-Sheng, Yang Guang-Sheng, and Ling Xian Si - five professional hitmen in Guangxi, China, who subcontracted a murder one to the other with none of them in the end actually carrying out the crime.

    Entomology: Richard Vetter, for collecting evidence that many entomologists (scientists who study insects) are afraid of spiders, which are not insects.

    Medical Education: Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Narendra Modi of India, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Donald Trump of the USA, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan, for using the Covid-19 viral pandemic to teach the world that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can.

    Materials Science: Metin Eren, Michelle Bebber, James Norris, Alyssa Perrone, Ashley Rutkoski, Michael Wilson, and Mary Ann Raghanti, for showing that knives manufactured from frozen human faeces do not work well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Physics: Ivan Maksymov and Andriy Pototsky, for determining, experimentally, what happens to the shape of a living earthworm when one vibrates the earthworm at high frequency.
    We need more of this ind of serious research. Cancer, glaucoma and athlete's foot needs curing (not mine, the world's)

    (Umm, I have none of the three)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    for showing that knives manufactured from frozen human faeces do not work well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    for showing that knives manufactured from frozen human faeces do not work well.

    The mind boggles. They didn't work well, so maybe they worked a bit? Do you think it was the slicing, the stabbing or the unfotunately slippery handle that was their failing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    Do you think it was the slicing, the stabbing or the unfotunately slippery handle that was their failing?
    ...more likely trying to pick them up by the clean end...

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    Further stimulation: From the good folks at Improbable Research.

    Improbable Research

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    trump is jubilant , or would be if he could pronounce the word, over his win ;his supporters are celebrating in the streets ,drinking lysol and singing hymns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Further stimulation: From the good folks at Improbable Research.

    Improbable Research
    I'm trying to work out the scientific benefits of this amazing discovery for the future of mankind....


    This is the nearly mythological moment from the 2003 13th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony that Kees Moeliker elaborated upon what has become canon to those in and outside of the Ig Nobel community: the first scientifically recorded instance of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I'm trying to work out the scientific benefits of this amazing discovery for the future of mankind....
    It's about the mallard duck, the mallard. Not just an ordinary duck

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