Things that you might or might not want to know: The 2019 Ig Nobel Prize Winners The 2019 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded at the 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. The ceremony was webcast. MEDICINE PRIZE [ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS] Silvano Gallus, for collecting evidence that pizza might protect against illness and death, if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy. Pizza is healthy, if you eat in Italy... ==================================== MEDICAL EDUCATION PRIZE [USA] Karen Pryor and Theresa McKeon, for using a simple animal-training technique— called “clicker training” —to train surgeons to perform orthopedic surgery. How to train your surgeon like you train your dog... ===================================== BIOLOGY PRIZE [SINGAPORE, CHINA, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA, POLAND, USA, BULGARIA] Ling-Jun Kong, Herbert Crepaz, Agnieszka Górecka, Aleksandra Urbanek, Rainer Dumke, and Tomasz Paterek, for discovering that dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than living magnetized cockroaches. Terra Formers, here we come... ===================================== ANATOMY PRIZE [FRANCE] Roger Mieusset and Bourras Bengoudifa, for measuring scrotal temperature asymmetry in naked and clothed postmen in France. Is your left or right ball colder? Wait, why are you stripping?! Is this a new postal service? - Horny housewife ======================================= CHEMISTRY PRIZE [JAPAN] Shigeru Watanabe, Mineko Ohnishi, Kaori Imai, Eiji Kawano, and Seiji Igarashi, for estimating the total saliva volume produced per day by a typical five-year-old child Ew... your kid salivated on my cardigan. You better pay for it. ========================================= ENGINEERING PRIZE [IRAN] Iman Farahbakhsh, for inventing a diaper-changing machine for use on human infants. Spoiler We are short on people, who is going to change the diapers of new borns ========================================== ECONOMICS PRIZE [TURKEY, THE NETHERLANDS, GERMANY] Habip Gedik, Timothy A. Voss, and Andreas Voss, for testing which country’s paper money is best at transmitting dangerous bacteria. And then, we will send the money back to their respective countries without sterilization... =========================================== PEACE PRIZE [UK, SAUDI ARABIA, SINGAPORE, USA] Ghada A. bin Saif, Alexandru Papoiu, Liliana Banari, Francis McGlone, Shawn G. Kwatra, Yiong-Huak Chan, and Gil Yosipovitch, for trying to measure the pleasurability of scratching an itch. You scratch me, and I scratch you... *Starts moaning* =========================================== PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE [GERMANY] Fritz Strack, for discovering that holding a pen in one’s mouth makes one smile, which makes one happier — and for then discovering that it does not. Holding a p*n*s does though... ============================================ PHYSICS PRIZE [USA, TAIWAN, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SWEDEN, UK] Patricia Yang, Alexander Lee, Miles Chan, Alynn Martin, Ashley Edwards, Scott Carver, and David Hu, for studying how, and why, wombats make cube-shaped poo. Isn't that wombat soo cute? Ooh, even it's poo is so cute... *picks up shit* ============================================ FYI, my mother kept complaining that i keep cracking my knuckles, and that my knuckle bones will shatter. Until I saw a news about a scientist who cracked only his left knuckles for 60 years to prove the rumour false.