Brought to you by the Annals of Improbable Research, the Ig Nobel awards “honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.”
This year’s winners got right to the point. Kent State University anthropologist Metin Eren won a prize for crafting a knife from his frozen feces, then attempting to carve an animal hide, BBC reports.
He failed miserably—a fact he makes no attempt to hide.
But he calls the effort—which tests an old Inuit tale—a “humorous rallying cry for evidence and fact checking … we need to question and get evidence for everything that supports stances we hold dear to our heart, especially in these dark days.”
A Wonder Bra for the pandemic era: The Emergency Bra is capable of converting to 2 face masks—without being removed.
The eyebrows are the window to the soul: Miranda Giacomin’s team won for showing how to spot a narcissist by their eyebrows, The Guardian reports.
Speaking of narcissism … A select group of world leaders (Donald Trump, Valdimir Putin, Jair Bolsonaro to name a few) picked up the medical education prize—for demonstrating that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can.
As always, the winners received a paper cube and a £10tn dollar bill from Zimbabwe.
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