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Raymer and Douglas E. Smith, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. Chiang all of Taiwan for discovering that it is not. Hill, and Deborah J. Anderson, New England Journal of Medicine, , vol. Annals of Improbable Research, Vol. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Read "Annals of Improbable Research, Vol. The magazine about research that. Chiang, Human Toxicology, vol. David Sims of Cass Business School. Passini, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol.

Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan, for developing a way to extract vanillin -- vanilla fragrance and flavoring -- from cow dung. Toscanini's Ice Cream , the finest ice cream shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, created a new ice cream flavor in honor of Mayu Yamamoto, and introduced it at the Ig Nobel ceremony. The flavor is called "Yum-a-Moto Vanilla Twist.

Juan Manuel Toro , Josep B. Animal Behavior Processes, vol. The winners could not travel to the ceremony, so they instead delivered their acceptance speech via recorded video. Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study of the word "the" -- and of the many ways it causes problems for anyone who tries to put things into alphabetical order. Brian Wansink of Cornell University, for exploring the seemingly boundless appetites of human beings, by feeding them with a self-refilling, bottomless bowl of soup.

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Painter and Jill North, Obesity Research, vol. Kuo Cheng Hsieh, of Taichung, Taiwan, for patenting a device, in the year , that catches bank robbers by dropping a net over them. Hsieh, but he seemed to have vanished mysteriously. Some days after the ceremony came news that he is alive and well. Agostino , Santiago A. Plano and Diego A. Golombek of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina, for their discovery that Viagra aids jetlag recovery in hamsters. Golombek, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. May of the University of California Los Angeles, for exploring and explaining why woodpeckers don't get headaches.

Howard Stapleton of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, for inventing an electromechanical teenager repellant -- a device that makes annoying high-pitched noise designed to be audible to teenagers but not to adults ; and for later using that same technology to make telephone ringtones that are audible to teenagers but probably not to their teachers.

Howard Stapleton planned to attend, but his plans were interrupted by a family medical situation. Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization , for calculating the number of photographs you must take to almost ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed.

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Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly. Oppenheimer, Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol. The winners delivered their acceptance speech via video recording. Knols, The Lancet, vol. De Jong, Parasitology Today, yd. De Jong and B. Richard Buckley's Exploding Trousers: John Mainstone and the late Thomas Parnell of the University of Queensland, Australia, for patiently conducting an experiment that began in the year -- in which a glob of congealed black tar has been slowly, slowly dripping through a funnel, at a rate of approximately one drop every nine years.

Parnell, European Journal of Physics, , pp. Miller of Oak Grove, Missouri, for inventing Neuticles -- artificial replacement testicles for dogs, which are available in three sizes, and three degrees of firmness. The winner was unable to travel, and delivered his acceptance speech via video. The Internet entrepreneurs of Nigeria, for creating and then using e-mail to distribute a bold series of short stories , thus introducing millions of readers to a cast of rich characters -- General Sani Abacha, Mrs.

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Selective Responses to Approaching Objects," F. Simmons, Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. Gauri Nanda of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for inventing an alarm clock that runs away and hides, repeatedly , thus ensuring that people DO get out of bed, and thus theoretically adding many productive hours to the workday. Edward Cussler of the University of Minnesota and Brian Gettelfinger of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, for conducting a careful experiment to settle the longstanding scientific question: Tyler, and Brian D.

Williams, Applied Herpetology, vol. Yoshiro Nakamats of Tokyo, Japan, for photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period of 34 years and counting.

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Polar Biology , vol. The winners were unable to attend the ceremony because they could not obtain United States visas to visit the United States. Meyer-Rochow sent an acceptance speech via video. Social Forces , vol. Ramesh Balasubramaniam of the University of Ottawa, and Michael Turvey of the University of Connecticut and Haskins Laboratory, for exploring and explaining the dynamics of hula-hooping. Turvey, Biological Cybernetics , vol. Jillian Clarke of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences , and then Howard University, for investigating the scientific validity of the Five-Second Rule about whether it's safe to eat food that's been dropped on the floor.

The Coca-Cola Company of Great Britain , for using advanced technology to convert ordinary tap water into Dasani, a transparent form of water, which for precautionary reasons has been made unavailable to consumers.

Smith and his father, the late Frank J. Daniel Simons of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Christopher Chabris of Harvard University, for demonstrating that when people pay close attention to something, it's all too easy to overlook anything else -- even a woman in a gorilla suit. Head gives special thanks to a Dr. Buzzard, citing Dr. Buzzards generosity, the nature of which is not specified.

Reading Dr. Brains Brain tribute and other material about Dr. Head, one gets the strong impression that Head had a big head, and that it was stuffed full of knowledge, which Dr. Head was not shy about sharing. Brain writes that Some men feel impelled to impart information to others.

Head was one of those.

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Brain then quotes Professor H. Turnbull as saying: I had the good fortune when first going to the hospital to meet daily in the mornings, on the steam engine underground railway, Dr. Henry Head. He kindly taught me throughout our journeys about physical signs, much to the annoyance of our fellow travellers; indeed in his characteristic keenness he spoke so loudly that as we walked to the hospital from St.

Marys station people on the other side of the wide Whitechapel Road would turn to look at us.

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