Have you heard of the Ig Nobel Prize? It is a competition, “For achievements that first make people LAUGH then make them THINK” and the 24th ceremony to honor the 2014 winners was held recently at Harvard.
Winners from two categories are worth mentioning: The Physics Prize and the Public Heath Prize. Just so you don’t lose the scope of science involved, I’ve pasted the descriptions. Enjoy!!
“PHYSICS PRIZE [JAPAN]: Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, for measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person steps on a banana skin that’s on the floor.
PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE [CZECH REPUBLIC, JAPAN, USA, INDIA]: Jaroslav Flegr, Jan Havlíček and Jitka Hanušova-Lindova, and to David Hanauer, Naren Ramakrishnan, Lisa Seyfried, for investigating whether it is mentally hazardous for a human being to own a cat.”
See all the categories and winners here…
OMG, if I knew science could have been this much fun…perhaps these scientists have secrets that are more telling than their experiments?
But wait, I own a cat, well, four, and hubs is a scientist. Hmmm?!