Using infant droppings to make sausages, pork helps prevent nosebleeds … are the Ig Nobel prize-winning studies this time.
At the hall of Harvard University (USA), Ig Nobel for the 24th time this year continues the tradition of awarding scientific achievements according to the criteria “first make people laugh, then make them think”.
Many scientists feel extremely excited at the Ig Nobel ceremony – the “fake” award to the prestigious Nobel Prize. This award ceremony is identical to Nobel, honoring the achievements in all fields of science and research. The only difference is, Ig Nobel is inclined to humorous findings, surprising to the extent … bullshit.
Here are 10 Ig Nobel prizes to be awarded in 2014.
Ig Nobel Neurology: explains why so many people see Jesus on toast
This prize was awarded to a research group of Chinese scientists published in Cortex magazine in April 2014. Accordingly, they have taken fRMI of the volunteers’ brains when viewing different faces.
The results prove that: people tend to look according to expectations, meaning that we will see what we want to see. When we see an unclear shape, the brain stimulates the activity of a particular neurological region, allowing us to imagine what we want to see. That’s why so many people think they see Jesus or Mary on … toast.
Ig Nobel Psychology: night owls tend to like … masturbating
The Ig Nobel prize of this category was awarded to Peter K.Jonason, Amy Jones and Minna Lyons for finding a special personality trait of night owls.
Accordingly, in their study published in 2013 on Personality and Individual Differences, people who stay up late tend to be more psychotic than those who like to wake up early. In addition, they often admire themselves and always love themselves more than those who get up early.
Ig Nobel Public Health: raising cats is very dangerous
In the Public Health category, Jaroslav Flegr, Jan Havlicek and colleagues are awarded the Ig Nobel prize for their research into the harmful effects of cat keeping. This work was published in 2013 in the online journal PLOS ONE.
Accordingly, the researchers found that being bitten by cats can cause depression in humans. In addition, cat fur contains a terrifying parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. If infected with this parasite, they will invade the brain and cause changes in the host’s nerve center, leading to mental disorders and other conditions.
Ig Nobel Biology: Detecting dogs “solving sadness” according to Earth’s magnetic field
Vlastimil Hart, Petra Novakova and colleagues have been honored in the Ig Nobel biology category after discovering an extremely strange act only seen in dogs. Specifically, this species when “resolving sadness” often faces the North Pole and turns its third round to the South Pole in accordance with the axis of the Earth’s magnetic field.
This finding was verified after experts tested over 37 different breeds of dogs. As a result, 100% have such habits. However, until now, no scientist has ever explained the mechanism to help dogs recognize the direction of school to … go to the toilet properly.
Ig Nobel Art: Seeing an ugly picture makes people … hurt
Marina de Tommaso, Michele Sardaro and her colleagues have received an Ig Nobel prize in the field of art with proving ugly art that can hurt people.
In their research, experts conducted a measure of the pain of the volunteers when they lasered their hands while looking at different pictures. After the experiment, they found that the volunteers felt pain when looking at ugly works compared to beautiful works.
Ig Nobel Physics: invented on banana peel
The Ig Nobel Physics Prize belongs to the group of Japanese experts Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai. Their award-winning research was published in Tribology in 2012.
Accordingly, the expert group conducted a trial of placing 12 different banana peels on the floor and then giving volunteers a shoe on that surface. After the experiment, they calculated and obtained the results: friction between the shoe and banana peel is only 20% compared to the friction between the shoe and the normal floor.
With the above results, the expert team likened the “banana peel” floor to similar snow surface with very small friction coefficient. In the future, this study may open up a new technology for producing surface materials.
Ig Nobel Economics: the idea of developing the economy from the recovery of business capital
Honored Italian scientists in the Ig Nobel category of economics in innovation to promote the economies of European Union countries.
Accordingly, this idea is implemented by recovering business capital from prostitution, drug trafficking, smuggling or other illegal financial transactions.