I wanna be a researcher!

And I thought all science and research projects were dull and oh-so-boring. Then I learn about the Ig Nobel Prizes

The much-coveted spoof prizes are said to reward scientific achievements which “cannot, or should not, be reproduced”; achievements that “first make people laugh, and then make them think”.

They are run by the science humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research.

And they were all REAL research projects, with real funding and real findings published in scientific journals. Important studies, such as the Ig Nobel Prize in Literature, which went to David Sims for his passionately written study “You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations.”

And the Economics prize which showed that the fertility cycle of a lap dancer affects her tip-earning potential.

Who knew science could be so INTERESTING?

I am just bursting with research ideas that I just need someone to fund:

  • The Yellow Effect: What happens to individuals and organizations when confronted with conference room after conference room equipped ONLY with YELLOW whiteboard markers. Who USES yellow whiteboard markers, anyway?
  • The Scent of a Brownie: Was it the smell of homemade brownies that caused the Girl to visit this weekend?
  • The Best Crayon: Is Periwinkle truly the best crayon in the Crayola box? Or is it just me?
  • and yes…

  • Do googly eyes make inanimate objects more friendly?

Inquiring minds want to know, and I want to help.

You know where to find me.


6 thoughts on “I wanna be a researcher!

  1. An interesting research project involves the following items.
    A cat has a slice of heavily buttered toast, liberally slathered with strawberry jam attached to its back.
    A priceless oriental silk carpet is laid out at the foot of a 100 foot high tower. The cat is thrown from the top of the tower.
    In 10 throws how many times does the cat land on its feet?

  2. The direct relation of the color of your blouse/shirt and its attraction to ketchup/mustard… Or Mole*?

    *A Mexican dish that leaves great stains in your clothes, not the mammal that it’s almost blind and leaves under the earth…

  3. As for who uses yellow whiteboard markers, perhaps brilliant “visual journalist” Eileen Clegg:
    Eileen Clegg
    Future of Talent - Community Presentation

    Definitely not me. I’m yellow marker impaired.

    Hmm. I wonder if they’d work as a whiteboard highlighter? Or if that would just smear?


  4. Just like using find on a computer, when your memory is cued for all things like whatever the “search” then all it finds is, surprise, all things like the search! – This gives way to the immediate pronouncement that ALWAYS things are like this or that…. at least that’s the way it works in MY head!

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