I am a few weeks late on this, but did anyone notice that the 2011 Ig Nobel Prizes were given out recently? These prizes, awarded each year in advance of the Nobel Prize announcements, acknowledge scientific research “that cannot, or should not, be reproduced”.
The prizes this year went to a remarkable set of studies, running the gamut from the yawning habits of tortoises to the mating habits of beetles. One research group discovered that spinning in circles can make people dizzy, and another found that ‘urge to void’ affects decision making. The Peace Prize went to the insane mayor of Vilnius, who has no patience with illegally parked cars.