2007 Ig Nobel winners
Here is the list of the 2007 Ig Nobel winners, awarded Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine:
MEDICINE: Dr. Brian Witcombe and Dan Meyer for their report "Sword Swallowing and its Side Effects."
PHYSICS: L. Mahadevan and Enrique Cerda Villablanca for studying wrinkle patterns in sheets.
BIOLOGY: Dr. Johanna E.M.H. von Bronswijk for her census of all the mites, insects, spiders, pseudoscorpions, bacteria, algae and ferns found in our beds.
CHEMISTRY: Mayi Yamamoto for developing a way to extract vanillin -- vanilla fragrance and flavoring -- from cow dung.
LINGUISTICS: Juan Manuel Toro, Josep Trobalon and Nuria Sebastian-Galles for demonstrating that rats can't tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backward and a person speaking Dutch backward.
LITERATURE: Glenda Browne for her study of the definite article "the" and the ways it causes problems when alphabetizing.
PEACE: The U.S. Air Force's Wright Laboratory for their proposed "gay bomb," a chemical weapon to make enemy soldiers sexually attracted to each other.
NUTRITION: Brian Wansink, whose experiment with a bottomless bowl of soup showed that humans eat more when presented with more food.
ECONOMICS: Kuo Cheng Hsieh for patenting a device that drops a net over bank robbers.
AVIATION: Patricia Agostino, Santiago Plano and Diego Golombek for discovering that hamsters recover from jet lag faster when given Viagra.
Source: Annals of Improbable Research.