Revel in Weird Science

The Ig Nobel Awards handed out last week proved something Your Friday Diversion has long held dear: Scientists are not stuffy.

Winners ranged from the plausibly useful (how to measure the pleasure of scratching an itch) to the possibly self-serving (“pizza might protect against illness and death, if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy,” Italian researchers revealed), according to the Harvard Crimson.
And then there are the French postmen, captured in glorious absurdity by The Guardian’s lede: “There comes a time in a scientist’s life when the surest route to global fame involves a bevy of naked French postmen with thermometers taped to their testicles.”
Most people are thrilled to win the awards, organized by the Annals of Improbable Research, but some “decline the award for fear of public embarrassment,” the Harvard Gazette notes.

Winners get 1 minute for their acceptance speech; an 8-year-old girl whines “Please stop. I’m bored,” at those who drift over, HuffPost reports.

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