IgNobel 2020

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  1. tochatihu

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    Improbable Research

    They do publish a journal that can be found in waiting rooms of world's finest medical professionals. Which is not an advert, for which I might be banned...

    or is it?
     
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    I have the raw research for human physiology:

    "The physics of drinking a beverage while reviewing Improbable Research "

    Bob Wilson
     
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    @ IgNobel
    You mean there's a difference?

    I'm not the least bit surprised.
    In Germany, bier is serious, serious stuff!!

    They still have the Reinheitsgebot, literally, 'purity order' for their mostly, sometimes golden beverage - going back nearly 500 years!
    Bier at the time was only allowed to have three ingredients: Water, Hops, Barley.
    They didn't even understand at that time that there was a necessary "not an animal, not a plant" fourth ingredient......yeast!
    So yeah...
    Germans study all things beer with their usual efficiency and intensity!

    NOT surprised that das Germans would invest many lumens of brain energy in coaster aeronautics.
    SOMEWHAT surprised that it hasn't made it to the Ig-free Nobels.....but then some of the hard sciences still have remnants of their OWN standards... Just like like of Germany's Reinheitsgebot. :D

    Fun fact:

    Reinheitsgebot was actually something of a 'thing' during reunification.
    The East Germans, ever incompetent, allowed a monastery brewer (Neuzeller) to add sugar to one of their brews under their more liberal brewing laws, and it became a minor flap-a-doodle. There have also been court battles involving the EU.
    Ever the buzz-kills....the non-celiac gluten sensitive folks have even gotten into the game....and thus (properly IMHO) Germany's law has devolved into yet another labeling standard.
     
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    This year's awards are out.

    Upside down rhinos and nose-clearing orgasm studies win Ig Nobel prize | Science | The Guardian

    Surely going to artisinal coffee roasters and gin microdistilleries and doing this test on the ground would have been, if not more scientific, at least of more value to society?

    If it is physically unblocking your nose:
    (a) You're doing it wrong.
    (b) You have very wide nostrils.
     
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    Meh.

    Nobel prizes and their Ignoble contemporaries are following in Time's footsteps.....
    HOWEVER (comma!)
    The folks in Oslo at least call it a PRIZE, which may be split amongst many people or even not-people without calling into question the original purpose of the award.
    They also practice better money management.

    Both are private entities, so I'll let them be....them.

    Interestingly enough (at least to me) I was reading Robert Kurson's book "Rocket Men" the other day - which I recommend unreservedly, and he writes that in 1968 Time changed their "human(s)" of the year from 'the demonstrator' to the Apollo 8 astronauts (Borman, Lovell, Anders.)
    NOT the first time that Time punked out of making a choice by not choosing a singular person - NOR the first time that Time changed their election results in the eleventh hour.....IF......Kurson is right.....and he's pretty good at noodling out the facts.
    1950 was the first time that the MOTY was awarded collectively, and 1936 was the first time that the MOTY was.......a woman...named "Bessie."

    ALL things that remind me that there is NOTHING new under (or around) the sun.
     
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    Sexual activity causes excitatory and stimulatory activity throughout the body. The heart rate, blood pressure increase, and demand for oxygen increase. It is entire understandable that the catecholamine response decreases swelling in the nose; after all, we give it therapeutically for its anti-inflammatory properties.

    Besides, if you can't continue because you run out of air, you'll be less likely to pass on your genes.

    I'm surprised no one mentioned the Ig Nobel prize for Economics this year!
     
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