Ig Nobels for a funny Saturday

The Ig Nobels have been announced!
[Via Observations of a Nerd]

Every year, the crew behind the Annals of Improbable Research honor research that “first makes people laugh, then makes them think.” These awards, known as the Ig Nobels, honor some of the most entertaining research published in the past year. The competition is fierce, and the prizes highly coveted. But without further ado! This year, the winners are…


Some of these are great – using remote controlled helicopters to collect while breath – while at least one, for Economics, is simply snark:

The executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money — ways that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk for the world economy, or for a portion thereof.

Always fun to hear about.