The Ig Nobels

Deborah Anderson of Boston University Medical Center was awarded the IgNobel for chemistry in recognition of their research into how Coke (this coke , not that) acts as a spermicide. I’m sure this news would cause some serious distress to some people I know.

Massimiliano Zampini of the University of Trento, Italy and Charles Spence of Britain’s Oxford University were awarded the Special Nutrition prize for tricking people into thinking they were eating fresh potato chips by playing them loud, crunching sounds when they bit one.

The biology prize went to some people for proving that dog fleas jump longer and higher than cat fleas.

The medicine prize went to researchers from Duke University for proving that high priced placebos work better than cheap placebos.

Dorian Raymer of the Scripps Institution in San Diego won the physics prize for demonstrating mathematically why hair or a ball of string will inevitably tangle itself in knots.

A team at The University of Sao Paulo in Brazil won a special archaeology prize for showing how an armadillo can mess up an archaeological dig.

The peace prize was given to the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology for adopting the legal principle that plants have moral standing and dignity.

The economics prize went to researchers at the University of New Mexico who learned that a professional lap dancer earns bigger tips when she is most fertile.

David Sims of Cass Business School in London won the literature prize “for his lovingly written study ‘You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations’ ”

Congrats to all the winners.

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