Ig Nobel Award Winners Announced

Every year, we salute a select and elite group of scientists, artists, writers, and peace activists who, through extraordinary accomplishment, have bettered humanity. These...are not those people. Instead, the Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prize, is awarded to the zanier side of science, things which, according to the founders of the Ig Nobel Prize, "make people laugh and then make them think." This year's winners have been announced, and highlights include:

  • Medicine: Brian Witcombe of Gloucester, UK, and Dan Meyer of Antioch, Tennessee, USA, for their penetrating medical report "Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects." Apparently the most common side effect is "sore throat."
  • Chemistry: Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan, for developing a way to extract vanillin -- vanilla fragrance and flavoring -- from cow dung. I was going to say something funny about this, but there's really not much more you can do.
  • Linguistics: Juan Manuel Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Universitat de Barcelona, for showing that rats sometimes cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and a person speaking Dutch backwards.
  • Peace: The Air Force Wright Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio, USA, for instigating research & development on a chemical weapon -- the so-called "gay bomb" -- that will make enemy soldiers become sexually irresistible to each other. That's certainly another way to look at the concept of a flaming bomb.
  • Economics-: Kuo Cheng Hsieh, of Taichung, Taiwan, for patenting a device, in the year 2001, that catches bank robbers by dropping a net over them. An absolute captivating report, I assure you.
  • And, last, but not least, Aviation: Patricia V. Agostino, Santiago A. Plano and Diego A. Golombek of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina, for their discovery that Viagra aids jetlag recovery in hamsters. It must've been a very stimulating study for these poor rodents.
Noble men and women of science, we salute you!

View: Full List of 2007 Ig Noble Prize Winners
News source: In-House

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could you imagine what would happen in that "gay bomb" fell into students hands?!!!! that would be some next level dorm prank!

Neo003 said,
Hmm I am waiting for lesbian bomb.:wub:


What if my wife left me though?


Edit: Solved my own problem buy her a video camera for her wedding gift.

was it a purely militaristic viewpoint of disabling the enemy's capacity to fight, or is it more politically charged for fighting people who are opposed to homosexuality? but the gay bomb is interesting nonetheless... if we could have gay grenades or something and lob them into the ventilation system of a building, that'll be nice too...

From what I read about the military the Gay bomb has already have been tested, though an unfortunate case of "Blue on Blue!". Gives a whole new meaning to "Friendly fire" and collateral damage!

Obviously there were quite a few politicians standing down wind of the impact too!

"Gay bomb" WOOT!!!! I think Iran would be a good place to try that out. I heard they had no gays there.

I fell out of my chair laughing at that one. Can you imagine going in to mop up after one of those bombs went off? It would be like Abu Grabe (sp) butt for real!

They really should pursue this weapon. Can you imagine the fear on the enemy faces when they realize they're about to be "gay-ified"? No!!! No!!! Noooooo!!!! Not the gay bomb!!!!!!! :nuts:

"Incoming!!!!" would be what they'd say that after the bomb went off rather than before...

They had considered weapons like this that mess up a person's phsycology for decades, this is one that had well-known.

First target: president of Iran -yes there is at least one gay person in Iran