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Pretending to be a badger wins Oxford Don 10 TRILLION DOLLARS

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Being a Beast Hardcover

I read that as 'Being a Beast Hardcore' which seems appropriate, especially if you read the synopsis in the link. (It's actually called 'Being a Beast'. Oh, those sub editors.)

It would have been great if he'd attended the ceremony to accept his prize, dressed as a badger.

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From Junior to Senior Pinocchio

I'm always touched by that moment in the story myself, where he realises he's not a real boy. The part where his hand catches fire.

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... just found my new pet name for Donald Trump!

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Re: From Junior to Senior Pinocchio

Did they interview Tony Blair one thousand times to get a statistically significant sample?

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Q: How do you know a politician is lying?

A: He's Tony Blair.

Thanks, all week, veal etc.

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Q: How do you know a politician is lying?

A. You can see their lips moving.

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You have got to love the Igs!

That prize for chemistry is well deserved

I actually gave a lecture on the topic of improbable research for PhD students last week (entitled "And Now For Something Completely Different, or, On The Importance of Not (Always) Being Earnest"), including my own work on a quantum-mechanical interpretation of homeopathy (it might work if you don't look), zero-tolerance maths, and the Craske-Trumpe theorem. I also discussed various Ig winner, including the team from our university who investigated what goes on during sex with an MRI scanner. Iwould have loved to have been able to include some of the latest crop of Igs!

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Oooh! Nice paper. [Cogno-Intellectualism, Rhetorical Logic, and the

Craske-Trump Theorem] I also liked the award to VW. As we've recently come too see, it's an engineering technique with cross-disciplinary application in oh so many applications,

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Re: You have got to love the Igs!

Interestingly VW is still the least polluting car in Europe according to this study.

https://www.transportenvironment.org/press/dieselgate-1st-anniversary-all-diesel-car-brands-europe-are-even-more-polluting-volkswagen

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Re: You have got to love the Igs!

What everyone really wants to know is...

did you give a practical demonstration of the Ig Nobel prize winning technique of curing hiccups using digital rectal massage.

Coat's on, I'm going...

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curing hiccups using digital rectal massage

Everything is computers these days. (Paul Merton)

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Really? Doesn't sound like the sort of thing Paul Murton would say.

The Tartan one please.

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as a bird?

THIS I must see... His research project must have been strongly lacking in academic value without the indispensable mating in flight...

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Goat Buddy

Photographs and video on BBC News...

Fascinating, if a little bizarre on occasions, was Mr Thwaites' verdict on the whole venture. He developed a strong bond with one animal in particular - a "goat buddy", but also very nearly kicked off a big confrontation at one point.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37443204

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randy old goat.

anyone else would have been locked up

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Gimp

“prosthetic extensions of his limbs that allowed him to move in the manner of, and spend time roaming hills in the company of, goats.”

...hmmm, I'm pretty sure I can see at least one commercial application here...

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JLV
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good reminder

>The Ig Nobels are misunderstood as deriding rubbish science, but are actually about celebrating how even seemingly-obscure science gets us thinking.

The first time I heard of them was for, among other things, handing out an award for investigating the mathematical basis for ropes and strings tangling up.

Seems totally pointless, and well deserving of derision from the Trump/Cruz crowd for wasting tax payer money.

Until you think of how many accidents involve people or things getting caught up in tangled cables.

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