I for Ig Nobel Awards
Once again I am blogging my way from A to Z as part of the 2015 April A to Z Challenge! Come blog through the alphabet with me!
It’s time for me to do my yearly review of the Ig Nobel Awards, given to scientists to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.”
Here are some of the highlights from the 2014 awards ceremony:
The Physics Prize was given to Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, of Japan. These scientists investigated the banana peel gag by measuring the amount of friction between a banana peel and a shoe, and the banana peel and the floor. That was some slippery research!
Ever wonder what reindeer would think if they saw a bunch of humans dressed as polar bears? Me neither, but some scientists did. Eigil Reimers and Sindre Eftestøl won the Arctic Science Prize to find out that reindeer don’t like polar bears, or humans dressed like them (or maybe they just don’t like scientists).
The Psychology Prize was given to Peter K. Jonason, Amy Jones, and Minna Lyons for discovering differences between early birds and night owls. According to their research, night owls are “more self-admiring, more manipulative, and more psychopathic” than those that get up early. Sounds like Scott Walker burns the midnight oil quite often.
Vlastimil Hart, Petra Nováková, Erich Pascal Malkemper, Sabine Begall, Vladimír Hanzal, Miloš Ježek, Tomáš Kušta, Veronika Němcová, Jana Adámková, Kateřina Benediktová, Jaroslav Červený and Hynek Burda were awarded the Biology Prize for discovering that there is logic to where a dog poops. Apparently they “prefer to align their body axis with Earth’s north-south geomagnetic field lines.” Now that’s animal magnetism!
I can’t wait to see what next year’s awards bring!