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you can''t make this up

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Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:12 am

you can''t make this up

Award for sword-swallowing study

A British radiologist has won an alternative Nobel prize for discovering that sword swallowers suffer "major complications" when distracted.

Brian Witcombe, a consultant radiologist at Gloucestershire Royal NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded an Ig Nobel prize.

He joins scientists whose work in fields such as gay bombs, bottomless bowls of soup and giving jet lagged hamsters Viagra has been deemed sufficiently quirky to win an Ig Nobel.

Mr Witcombe attended the ceremony at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre before an audience of around 1200, with thousands more watching on the web.

The prizes were handed out by real laureates during the annual event produced by the science humour magazine, Annals of Improbable Research.

With Dan Meyer of The Sword Swallowers Association International, Mr Witcombe was cited for his medical report Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects, in the British Medical Journal.

"Sore throats are common, particularly while the skill is being learnt or when performances are too frequent," they observed after studying 46 sword swallowers.

Meanwhile, the peace prize was awarded to the US Air Force Wright Laboratory for researching a chemical weapon that would provoke widespread homosexual behaviour among enemy troops.

The physics prize went to Profs Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan of Harvard University and Enrique Cerda Villablanca of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, for studying how sheets become wrinkled.

Prof Johanna van Bronswijk, of Eindhoven University of Technology, won the biology award for a census of the mites, insects, spiders, crustaceans, bacteria, algae, ferns and fungi with whom we share our beds.

And for her efforts to extract vanilla fragrance from cow dung, the chemistry prize went to Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Centre of Japan.

The linguistics prize went to a team from the University of Barcelona for their discovery that rats cannot tell the difference between Japanese being spoken backwards and Dutch being spoken backwards.

Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:08 pm

how the hell can you tell if a hamster's jetlagged? I seem to recall that my hamster spent about 24 hours a day asleep. Or did they fly them backwards and forwards across the Atlantic, using little cocktail sticks to keep their tiny beady eyes open.

I wish I could get funding for cr*p experiments. on rabbits!


Meanwhile, the peace prize was awarded to the US Air Force Wright Laboratory for researching a chemical weapon that would provoke widespread homosexual behaviour among enemy troops


what if the gay bomb missed and landed on your own side? after all, this is the American military that we're talking about here, they have rather a knack for bombing their own team. Although it wouldn't matter much if it landed on Dutchies, they're pretty swinging guys already, huh?

(well that's just about everybody offended! )

Edited by - Tawakalna on 10/8/2007 1:16:44 PM

Post Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:58 pm

Taw, it's simple to tell if a hamster is jetlagged, as it will actually do stuff during the day of its own volition.

Post Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:31 pm

Out of all of them this was my fav

" The linguistics prize went to a team from the University of Barcelona for their discovery that rats cannot tell the difference between Japanese being spoken backwards and Dutch being spoken backwards. "

thought i Have to agree woth Taw ( omg ) about the hamster one -- mine never did anything but sleep also

thought i dont think he needs an award to experiment on small fury things

Post Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:46 am

but apparently the ratties could tell the difference between Dutch and Japanese spoken properly? how the flup does a rat know the difference anyway, and how can tell that they really do? (and that they aren't lying...)

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