"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


mom is so proud

Oh, gang, it's that time of year again: time for the IgNobel Prizes, given to those researchers whose works "first make people laugh, and then make them think." Among my favorites from this year's winners:

Biology: Marie-Christine Cadiergues, Christel Joubert, and Michel Franc of the National Veterinary School of Toulouse, France, “for discovering that the fleas that live on a dog can jump higher than the fleas that live on a cat.”

Cognitive Science: Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Hokkaido University; Hiroyasu Yamada of Nagoya, Japan; Ryo Kobayashi of Hiroshima University; Atsushi Tero of the Japan Science and Technology Agency; Akio Ishiguro of Tohoku University; and Ágotá Tóth of the University of Szeged, in Hungary, “for discovering that slime molds can solve puzzles.”

Economics: Geoffrey Miller, Joshua M. Tybur, and Brent D. Jordan of the University of New Mexico, “for discovering that a professional lap dancer’s ovulatory cycle affects her tip earnings.”


Blogger UPennBen said...

I smell a Nobel Prize in Economics. No pun intended.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008 12:44:00 PM

Anonymous Sister said...

The economics one was on NPR a few weeks ago, and it makes perfect sense. And what kind of puzzle can mold solve?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008 1:04:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

A maze! How wild is that?

Ben, don't be gross.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008 3:34:00 PM


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