Ig Nobel Prize 2010

Gestern wurden die Ig Nobel Preise verliehen, ein alternativer Nobelpreis und sowas wie die MAD Mag-Version für Wissenschaftspreise. Unter anderem gabs Auszeichnungen für „eine Methode, um Walrotz mittels eines ferngesteuerten Hubschraubers einzusammeln“, Abhilfe bei Asthma durch Achterbahnfahren, Schleimpilzverkehrsplanung der U-Bahn in Tokyo, Bugbeards und Fledermaus-Fellatio. Der Wirtschaftspreis ging übrigens an „Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Magnetar, for their bold work with new and innovative financial products“.

Hier ein Snip über Bugbeards:

"A scientist who had never given us any problems grew a beard when he was working in containment lab," Barbeito explains. The scientist refused to shave, because there was no evidence that his facial fuzz posed a hazard. So Barbeito and three volunteers grew their own beards for 73 days, then sprayed them with harmless bacteria and demonstrated that it was harder to wash the germs out of a beard than off clean skin.

Not content with that, they put a fake beard on a mannequin, sprayed it with pathogenic bacteria, and exposed it to hapless chickens and guinea pigs, some of which in due course got sick. Their bearded colleague capitulated, and shaved.

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