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?
- Do googly eyes make inanimate objects more friendly?
Inquiring minds want to know, and I want to help.
You know where to find me.