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The IgNobel prizes
« on: September 15, 2019, 02:45:04 pm »
The 2019 Ig Nobel winners (with a prize each of 10 trillion Zimbabwean dollars) were:

Medicine (Italy): For collecting evidence that pizza might protect against illness and death if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy.
Medical education (USA): For using a single animal-training technique called "clicker training" to train surgeons to perform orthopaedic surgery.
Biology (Singapore, China, Australia, Poland, USA, Bulgaria): For discovering that dead magnetised cockroaches behave differently than living magnetised cockroaches.
Anatomy (France): For measuring scrotal temperature asymmetry in naked and clothed Chemistry (Japan): For estimating the total saliva volume produced per day by a typical five-year-old child.
Engineering (Iran): For inventing a diaper-changing machine for use on human infants.
Economics (Turkey, Netherlands, Germany): For testing which country's paper money is best at transmitting dangerous bacteria. (Note: the Euro is the cleanest, while the US dollar and Romanian Leu are dirtiest.)
Peace (UK, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, USA): For trying to measure the pleasurability of scratching an itch.
Psychology (Germany): For discovering that holding a pen in one's mouth makes one smile, which makes one happier, and for then discovering that it does not.
Physics (USA, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, UK): For studying how and why wombats make cube-shaped faecal deposits.

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