Friday, October 5, 2007

Friday Fluff

Well, I had a personal goal to post every day this week, and I did it! Yay!

So now, on to some fluff...

This is something I look forward to every year as we humans celebrate our best and brightest. Yes, friends, it's time for the annual Ig Nobel Prize. What's that you ask? Well, go here for the full history.

Or, here are some of this year's winners to help you figure it out yourself:

2007 Ig Nobel Winners

Medicine - Brain Witcombe, of Gloucestershire Royal NHS Foundation Trust, UK, and Dan Meyer for their probing work on the health consequences of swallowing a sword.

Physics - A US-Chile team who ironed out the problem of how sheets become wrinkled.

Linguistics - A University of Barcelona team for showing that rats are unable to tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and somebody speaking Dutch backwards.

Literature - Glenda Browne of Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study of the word "the", and how it can flummox those trying to put things into alphabetical order.

Economics - Kuo Cheng Hsieh of Taiwan for patenting a device that can catch bank robbers by dropping a net over them.


Let's give them a big round of applause, shall we. (clap, clap, cheer, clap, clap, cheer, clap!)


Now, to follow along with the theme of stupidness...

I know it’s annoying. Really annoying. But, isn’t there something else we could be doing with our time, and money, and researching skills than this? Seriously. It’s like people who study traffic just to say it happens when someone slows down to look at something which causes a chain reaction of other people slowing down. Well, duh!


And last, but not least. Here's something for you, Rachel. I was going to photo shop a Vegas outfit on him. But, who are we kidding. I could barely figure out how to post this picture. So, you’re going to have to use your imagination. He does have his Vegas glass on though, so that should help.



Well, that's it for this week's Friday Fluff. Hope you enjoyed it!

2 comments:

Rachel said...

Thanks for the Elvis picture!!!There are so many parts about it that I love. 1.) His puffy jacket with the fat elastic cuffs. 2.) The fact that he's driving what looks to be a giant Big Wheel motorcycle that has white leather upholstery. I think I would sell a kidney for this. 3.) How he looks like he just got out of bed. Maybe it's Christmas morning and this was his present from Santa. 4.) How his friend in the back looks like he just go smacked upside the head for sassing.

Liz said...

Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I, too, loved his puffy jacket all zipped up like a sausage casing.