Thursday, September 28, 2006

Human Beans Are Just Weird

Did you know that Ben Wilson of the University of British Columbia was given an award for showing that herrings apparently communicate by farting?

Or that Daisuke Inoue of Hyogo Prefecture, Japan was awarded for inventing Karaoke providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other?

Or the Vatican got an award for outsourcing prayers to India?

Or how about the case of Lal Bihari, of Uttar Pradesh, India, for a triple accomplishment: First, for leading an active life even though he has been declared legally dead; second, for waging a lively posthumous campaign against bureaucratic inertia and greedy relatives; and third, for creating the Association of Dead People. Lal Bihari overcame the handicap of being dead, and managed to obtain a passport from the Indian government so that he could travel to Harvard to accept his Prize. However, the U.S. government refused to allow him into the country. His friend Madhu Kapoor therefore came to the Ig Nobel Ceremony and accepted the Prize on behalf of Lal Bihari. Several weeks later, the Prize was presented to Lal Bihari himself in a special ceremony in India.

Of course, all these were Ignoble Award Winner

Then there is the pitch drop experiment
But see, it isn’t surprising until you see what pitch is like when just lying around
And then you realize that it is a liquid!

Makes you wonder if rocks are living things, just that time is reaaaaaaaaaly reallllllly slow for them
Don’t you just love how much completely useless but interesting stuff is out there?

But I guess I use this stuff to avoid thinking about things that break my heart….like this

I don’t care who does it, I don’t care why they do it, why can’t everyone stop killing everyone else?

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