The winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes were announced in a gala ceremony last night full of the ridiculous. The sublime was approached, but it didn’t want anything to do with the ceremony, and ducked out amid a hail of paper airplanes from the audience.
My favorite among these not-particularly dignified dignitaries is the following:
Receiving the 2012 Ig Nobel MEDICINE PRIZE: Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti (France) for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimize the chance that their patients will explode. (Apparently I can’t resist the combination of science and fart jokes.)
Followed closely by the winners who address the important FLUID DYNAMICS question (especially important on a Friday morning) of why coffee spills. Yes folks, Rouslan Krechetnikov (USA, Russia, Canada) and Hans Mayer (USA) published peer-reviewed research on the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks while carrying a cup of coffee.