Ig Nobel prizes awarded to research on beards, upside-down airborne rhinos and obese politicians

Sun, 19 Sep 2021 06:22:24 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2021-09-10/ig-nobel-prize-winners-announced-2021/100448016>

"If lockdown wasn't incentive enough to grow some facial hair, the hypothesis
that humans evolved beards to protect themselves from punches to the face has
been tested, and its findings awarded an Ig Nobel Peace Prize.

The Ig Nobels celebrate science that "first makes people laugh, and then
think", and are organised by US publication the Annals of Improbable Research.

Ten prizes are given annually for legitimate research in areas like psychology,
acoustics, economics and physics.

This year's winners were awarded a $10,000,000,000,000 bill from Zimbabwe, and
a PDF document that can be printed and assembled to make a three-dimensional
gear with teeth (the gear teeth are pictures of human teeth).

The Ig Nobel Peace Prize was given to a trio of scientists in America who found
that human beards protect vulnerable regions of the facial skeleton from
damaging strikes."

Via Clarice Boomshakalaka Bouvier.

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