Annual Ig Nobel Awards to be Broadcast the Day After Thanksgiving

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    Nov 19, 2015 8:09 PM GMT
    It's that time of year again. This crazy award ceremony, done at Harvard, gives awards for the most improbable scientific research of recent years. It is broadcast on national public radio, on the "Science Friday" program. The show is a hoot.

    Can be heard/viewed online at
    http://www.improbable.com/ig/2015/

    There is usually a parody opera piece on a scientific topic.

    Past awards have been given to:

    The Physics prize was once given to Australian scientists who analyzed the frictional forces in dragging a sheep (and concluded that sheep slide easier downhill)

    A Dutch biologist won a prize in biology for his paper, “The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard Anas platyrhynchos."

    A biology prize was awarded for a paper, "Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain."

    A Physics prize was awarded for "perfecting a method to collect whale snot using a remote-control helicopter.”

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    Nov 20, 2015 3:44 AM GMT
    "Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain"


    That i would actually be interested in. Better understanding human/animal relations on any level, can broaden the understanding of human/artificial intelligence relations that will possibly dominate the future.

    Whether we're the ostriches or the A.I. are, we might want to sharpen up our game a bit. lol


    I understand that topics might seem stupid or impractical now, but who knows how relevant they might be 100 years from now.


    230 years ago, the idea of electricity in some circles was seen as a joke.



    Sorry if i am ruining the fun. lol


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    Nov 20, 2015 3:14 PM GMT
    badbug said "Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain"


    That i would actually be interested in. Better understanding human/animal relations on any level, can broaden the understanding of human/artificial intelligence relations that will possibly dominate the future.

    Whether we're the ostriches or the A.I. are, we might want to sharpen up our game a bit. lol


    I understand that topics might seem stupid or impractical now, but who knows how relevant they might be 100 years from now.


    230 years ago, the idea of electricity in some circles was seen as a joke.



    Sorry if i am ruining the fun. lol



    I would never date an ostrich. Now an emu, that's another story.
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    Nov 20, 2015 3:17 PM GMT
    The amount of grant money given to study the courtship behavior of ostriches towards humans is probably sickening. We must do something about this. No more hiding our heads in the sand!
  • badbug

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    Nov 21, 2015 2:30 AM GMT

    lol


    There used to be some Emu's where i walked my dog.

    My dog would bark at them, and they'd stick their heads over the fence and hiss at him and try and peck at him. They were pretty scary bastards.


    They liked me though, just not my dog. So i could feed them or pet them, though they didn't really like anything i offered them, they'd just take it in their beaks and drop it on the ground.


    Would i date them? No...probably not. I mean, a bird that can't fly? It's probably going to be all insecure and always accuse me of checking out crows and sea gulls.... "that's what your really want isn't it!!!"