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article imageTales of Spermicidal Coke and Stale Chips Win Ig Nobel Prizes

By M Dee Dubroff     Oct 7, 2008 in Lifestyle
Which research team can waste the most money? is it the one who discovered that coke explodes sperm or the scientists who revealed that people will eat stale chips as long as they crunch loudly? Read on and…wonder why.
According to news sources, Ig Nobel prizes were also awarded in Washington, D.C. to physicists who discovered that anything that can tangle will tangle and to a team of biologists who after studying the ability of fleas ascertained that dog fleas jump farther than cat fleas. (To the scientist who discovered that water is always wet, the award is still in dispute, as the inventor of ice cubes is vying for the same prize.)
Awarded by the editors of the Annals of Improbable Research, a scientific humor magazine, the IgNobels honor real research, but are meant as a funny alternative to the more serious Nobel prizes awarded for achievements in medicine, chemistry, physics, economics, literature and peace.
One of the chief IgNobels went to Deborah Anderson of Boston University Medical Center and her colleagues who were awarded the chemistry prize for a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found Coca-Cola kills sperm. Believe it or not, she said she was quite serious about testing the soft drink because women were using it as a douche and a contraceptive and later to protect themselves from the AIDS virus!
She said in an interview of her fixation:
“It definitely wouldn't work as a contraceptive because sperm swims so fast, but Coke made with sugar quickly kills sperm, probably because sperm soak it up. The sperm just kind of explode. It kills the AIDS virus too.”
I wouldn’t count on that if I were you (or me).
Who knows?
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