Every year, the Journal of Improbable Research issues its prizes for the craziest (published) scientific research: the Ig Nobel Prize. The ceremony took place a couple nights ago, and if you want to see what you missed, we’ve embedded the (long) video below. (Trigger warning: Actual Nobel laureates being goofy.)
It’s hard to pick the best of freaky research, and the committee did a stellar job this year. The trick is that they don’t give the prize away to quacks — you won’t ever get one with your perpetual motion machine, for instance. Nope, the Ig Nobels go to the kookiest science that could actually end up being useful. So we get projects like the effect of wearing polyester on the sexual activity of rodents in “reproduction” and a study on the perceived personalities of different rocks for marketing purposes in “economics”.
The headline photo is of Thomas [GoatMan] Thwaites, a post-humanist who decided to go Capra rather than cyborg. After getting goat prostheses built, he lived with a herd for a week up high in the Swiss alps. He shared the award with Charles [NoNickname] Foster, who lived as a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox, and a bird for the book that he wrote.
If you like your science served silly, you should really go read the entire list, complete with paper citations.
[via the BBC]