[Tweeters] Ig Nobel prize for Ornithology

Jack Stephens jstephens62 at comcast.net
Tue Jan 16 19:13:48 PST 2007


For the first time, the Journal of Improbable Research from Harvard has
awarded an Ig Nobel prize for ORNITHOLOGY! 
Ian Schwab and Phillip May from UC Davis won for their research into why
woodpeckers, despite bashing their heads against trees all day, don't
get headaches. (Lancet, vol 307, no. 7957, Feb 28th, 1976, pp.454)
Other Ig Nobel winners for 2006 include:
NUTRITION: Wasmia Al-Houty, Kuwait, for "Dung preference of the Dung
beetle *Scarabacus cristatus*"
PEACE: Howard Stapleton, Wales, for the invention of an electronic
teenager repellant. www.compoundsecurity.co.uk
ACOUSTICS: D. Lynn Halpern, R. Blake and J. Hillenbrand, from Harvard,
Vanderbilt and Northwestern Universities respectively, for their
research on why people dislike the sound of fingernails scraping on a
blackboard.
MATHEMATICS: Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes, Australia, for calculating
the number of photographs you must take to ensure that nobody in a group
photo will have their eyes closed.
LITERATURE: Daniel Oppenheimer, Princeton, for "Consequences of Erudite
Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long
Words Needlessly
MEDICINE: Frances Fesmire, University of Tennesee, for "Termination of
Intractable Hiccups with Digital Rectal Massage"
PHYSICS: B. Audoly and S. Neukirch, Paris, for "Fragmentation of Rods by
Cascading Cracks: Why Spaghetti Does Not Break in Half"
CHEMISTRY: A. Mudot and J. Benedito, Valencia, Spain for "Ultrasonic
Velocity in Cheddar Cheese"
BIOLOGY: B. Knols, Netherlands and R. de Jong, Italy for showing that
the female malaria mosquito *Anopheles gambiae* is equally attrated to
the smell of limburger cheese and to the smell of human feet.
 
Inquiring minds want to know...
 
Jack Stephens
Edmonds, WA 
jstephens62 at comcast.net
 
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