Here are the Ig-Nobel Prize winners for 2020, awarded to the most dubious scientific achievements of the past year.
– Metin Eren, an assistant professor of anthropology at Kent State University in Ohio, who attempted to recreate an old legend about an Inuit man in Canada who made a knife out of his own excrement. Professor Eren used real human feces frozen to minus-50 degrees Centigrade, filed it to a sharp edge, and tried to cut meat with it. “The poop knife failed miserably,” he reported.
* I wonder if it could have cut the cheese?
– Richard Vetter, who wrote a scientific paper about why people who spend their lives studying insects are still creeped out by spiders.
* ‘Cause spiders want to eat the insects they study?
– Damiaan Denys, who pioneered a new psychiatric diagnosis — which he calls misophonia — getting annoyed by chewing noises others make.
* Oh – so those annoying noises you make are MY problem?
– An international group of scientists from Austria, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland and the USA for inducing a female alligator to bellow in an airtight chamber filled with helium-enriched air.
– Miranda Giacomin and Nicholas Rule, for devising a method to identify narcissists by examining their eyebrows.
– Ivan Maksymov and Andriy Pototsky, for experimenting on what happens to the shape of a living earthworm when one vibrates the earthworm at high frequency.
* It took TWO people to do this?
– An international study from the UK, Poland, France, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Australia, Italy and Norway that attempted to quantify the relationship between different countries’ national income inequality and the average amount of mouth-to-mouth kissing.
– The Ig Nobel for Medical Education was awarded to U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Russian President Vladimir Putin and many other world leaders for using the Covid-19 pandemic to teach the world that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can.