List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

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List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Marshall on September 17th, 2015, 9:38 pm 

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34278595

Here is the full list of prize winners:

Chemistry - Callum Ormonde (University of Western Australia) and colleagues, for inventing a chemical recipe to partially un-boil an egg.

Physics - Patricia Yang (Georgia Institute of Technology, US) and colleagues, for testing the biological principle that nearly all mammals [weighing over 3 kg] empty their bladders in about 21 seconds (plus or minus 13 seconds). NOTE small mammals such as rats, weighing less than 3 kg, may piss much more quickly than that.

Literature - Mark Dingemanse (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands) and colleagues, for discovering that the word "huh?" (or its equivalent) seems to exist in every human language - and for not being quite sure why.

Management - Gennaro Bernile (Singapore Management University) and colleagues, for discovering that many business leaders developed in childhood a fondness for risk-taking, when they experienced natural disasters (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and wildfires) that - for them - had no dire personal consequences.

Economics - The Bangkok Metropolitan Police (Thailand) for offering to pay policemen extra cash if the policemen refuse to take bribes.

Medicine - joint award: Hajime Kimata (Kimata Hajime Clinic, Japan) and also Jaroslava Durdiaková (Comenius University, Slovakia) and her collagues, for experiments to study the biomedical benefits or biomedical consequences of intense kissing (and other intimate, interpersonal activities).

Mathematics - Elisabeth Oberzaucher and Karl Grammer (University of Vienna, Austria) for trying to use mathematical techniques to determine whether and how Moulay Ismael the Bloodthirsty, the Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, managed, during the years from 1697 through 1727, to father 888 children.

Biology - Bruno Grossi (University of Chile) and colleagues, for observing that when you attach a weighted stick to the rear end of a chicken, the chicken then walks in a manner similar to that in which dinosaurs are thought to have walked.

Diagnostic medicine - Diallah Karim (Stoke Mandeville Hospital, UK) and colleagues, for determining that acute appendicitis can be accurately diagnosed by the amount of pain evident when the patient is driven over speed bumps.

Physiology and entomology - Awarded jointly to two individuals: Justin Schmidt (Southwest Biological Institute, US) for painstakingly creating the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which rates the relative pain people feel when stung by various insects; and to Michael L. Smith (Cornell University, US), for carefully arranging for honey bees to sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations on his body, to learn which locations are the least painful (the skull, middle toe tip, and upper arm). and which are the most painful (the nostril, upper lip, and penis shaft).
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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Watson on September 17th, 2015, 10:42 pm 

I was checking the date on this. Seems like something Dave would post. Congratulations to all the winners.
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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Braininvat on September 17th, 2015, 11:10 pm 

I assume the mammals who empty their bladders in under 20 seconds are the younger mammals.

Not sure the painful sting areas are really news, but I admire the daring of the guy who deliberately exposed his manhood to bee stings.

The appendicitis diagnostic method sounds like something from an episode of House.


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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Darby on September 17th, 2015, 11:22 pm 

Wow, sounds like they're handing out Nobels cheap these days.
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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Watson on September 18th, 2015, 3:12 am 

Don't say I didn't try to warn ya. ?
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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Natural ChemE on September 18th, 2015, 7:27 am 

It's a beautiful equation:
    Science + April Fool's = Ig Nobel Prizes!
I kinda want to try to win an Ig Nobel now...
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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby vivian maxine on September 18th, 2015, 7:37 am 

"Economics - The Bangkok Metropolitan Police (Thailand) for offering to pay policemen extra cash if the policemen refuse to take bribes." (Nobel Prize winners - Marshall)

Hmmm. A bribe by any other name si a ?????
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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Braininvat on September 18th, 2015, 1:30 pm 

A tip.

They're waiters, serving you law and order. ;-)
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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Dave_Oblad on September 18th, 2015, 5:43 pm 

Hi,

In the Mathematics Field, to have 888 children in about 30 years, is it safe to assume that Ismael had more than 1 wife?

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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Darby on September 18th, 2015, 6:00 pm 

Oh ye, in both the literal and biblical sense of th word.
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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Paralith on September 18th, 2015, 7:23 pm 

Ismael was a sultan, a totalitarian ruler with multiple wives and a host of concubines. Given the human male's effectively unlimited ability to make sperm and the amount of time it takes for him to make the absolute minimum biological contribution to a child, his reproductive output is limited only by the number of fertile females he has access to. I find it hard to believe mathematicians thought this a questionable idea.
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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Dave_Oblad on September 18th, 2015, 7:54 pm 

Hi Paralith,

Yes, but not every copulation results in pregnancy. There is a statistical fertility aspect to this. And we must not forget that it takes a male some amount of time to regain full/partial potency after a sexual emission.

IMHO, this is why masturbation is frowned upon by the Church. A man that can't keep his hands off his equipment maintains a low potency sperm level and has a hard time producing children with his wife. The Church needs a steady flow of new meat in order to sustain any hope of growth. This is also why we need China to support an abundance of easy access Porn for its male population ;^P

Anyway, potency and fertility factors makes this a tricky problem to calculate.

Make sense?

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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Braininvat on September 18th, 2015, 10:16 pm 

A young man reportedly can replenish his sperm count in 48 hours, so....doing the math...he could make 3.5 babies a week, roughly 180 per year, 1800 per decade. Subsequent decades would see a fall in numbers, as refreshing the count takes longer, but it seems like one could easily generate 4 - 5000 diaper defilers in a lifetime, provided one had a nutritious diet and enough willing partners. A man could father half the populace of Fort Morgan, Colorado (where sci-fi writer Philip K. **** is buried)
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Re: List of 2015 Ig Nobel prizewinners

Postby Braininvat on September 18th, 2015, 10:21 pm 

Don't think for a minute that I don't see the double entendre lurking there.
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