Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top-notch science of 2008


Well, maybe not top-notch, but noteworthy nonetheless. 

This years 2008 IgNoble awards came and went with out much fanfare.  Lest these groundbreaking experiments go unnoticed I bring you a few highlights:

Medicine prize: high-priced fake medicine is more effective than low-priced fake medicine. 

Economics prize: ovulating professional lap dancers earn higher tips than when not ovulating. 

and my personal favorite....

Chemistry Prize: Coca-Cola is an effective spermicide. Now what made them wanna try that?

3 comments:

JandC said...

I am enlightened!!!

Mary said...

Those first two kind of make sense on an intuitive level. But the last sentence of the cola write up is TMI.

Christie said...

I'm liking the archaeology prize that went to Astolfo G. Mello Araujo and José Carlos Marcelino of Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, for measuring how the course of history, or at least the contents of an archaeological dig site, can be scrambled by the actions of a live armadillo.

And the folks that disproved the Coke theory.