Science humor: ‘Ig Nobels’ honor – among others – man who lived as a goat

Science humor: ‘Ig Nobels’ honor – among others – man who lived as a goat
Who knew goats wore prosthetic exoskeletons. Certainly gives one a strange new respect for them. (Image: Screen grab of RedTaurus video, YouTube)

[Ed. – What’s so funny about that?  Or the polyester pants on the rats, for that matter.  The U.S. government would no doubt spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on such “experiments.”]

Scientific research into how polyester pants affect the sex life of rats, what it’s like for a human to live like a goat and the perceived personality of rocks were all honoured at this year’s Ig Nobel spoof awards. …

The prizes, which aim to honour accomplishments in science and humanities that make one laugh, then think, awarded for a 26th straight year at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by a group of real Nobel Prize winners. …

The official award winners, are:

Reproduction Prize [Egypt] – The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males. …

Biology Prize [UK] – Awarded jointly to: Charles Foster, for living in the wild as, at different times, a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox and a bird; and to Thomas Thwaites, for creating prosthetic extensions of his limbs that allowed him to move in the manner of, and spend time roaming hills in the company of, goats.

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