This year’s Ig Nobel Prize went to scientists who hung rhinos upside down

Representatives of the editor of the scientific humorist journal Annals of Improbable Research, organized by the Ig Nobel Prize, say that the awards should make people laugh first, but then also make them think, writes the British BBC on its website.

The experiment, in which 12 rhinos are suspended upside down for ten minutes, seems at first glance to fall on its head. However, this is exactly what Robin Radcliffe, a veterinarian at Cornell University, and his colleagues in Namibia did to see if the transport of rhinos hanging by the legs under a helicopter did not endanger their health.

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The award given since 1991 for discoveries that “cannot or should not be repeated” is not just a prank pointing to meaningless research.

The awarding of some prizes may be critical (similar to the well-known Sysifos), but most of the prizes draw attention to research, which may sound absurd, but in reality is beneficial.

The name is derived from the name of Alfred Nobel’s fictional brother, Ignatius. Ig Nobel is also a pun because the word ignoble, which is pronounced the same, means “disgraceful” or “noble.”

In 2010, scientist Andre Geim became the first person to receive the Ig Nobel Prize (in 2000 for his research on “levitating” frogs) and the Nobel Prize (in 2010 for his discovery of graphene).

It is better to hang these solipeds upside down than to lay them on their sides, because more blood will then accumulate in the lower part of the lungs. Due to the high weight of rhinos, their muscles also suffer when placed on their sides.

Orgasm to reduce swelling of the mucous membranes or beard against slaps

The awards were presented by real Nobel Prize winners on Thursday. These included Frances Arnold, the 2018 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and Eric Maskin, who received a prestigious scientific award for economics in 2007. The winners of the Humorous Prizes receive, among other things, a counterfeit $ 10 trillion Zimbabwean bill.

Of the Czech scientists, Jaroslav Flegr and his colleagues won the award in 2014, who investigated whether it is dangerous for human mental health to breed a cat. It was research related to toxoplasmosis.

This year, the Humorous Peace Prize was awarded to researchers examining the hypothesis that people have grown beards to protect them from slapping. Medical award winners, in turn, have shown that orgasm can help with nasal breathing as effectively as drugs to reduce nasal swelling.

The award for chemistry went to air research in cinemas. His goal was to find out whether the smell that comes from the audience reliably indicates the level of violence, sex, bad behavior, vulgarism and drug use in the film they are watching.

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