Some of the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize categories are pretty weird and in a class of their own. They include research into how bee stings to the male reproductive organ are one of the most painful of sensations.
Some awards make fun of those receiving them rather than honoring them with accolades. Take the 2015 Ig Nobel Prizes which are meant to parody the actual Nobel Prizes which got started in the name of the maker of dynamite, Alfred Nobel.
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When Alfred Nobel saw the devastating effect of his invention, he was deeply saddened and decided to start a tradition of giving away Nobel Prizes worth millions of dollars each year in various categories.
These include all the relevant fields such as literature and physics as well as peace. But the Ig Nobel Prizes serve the selfsame purpose in the field of science that the Razzies do in the world of entertainment.
Among the categories were a man who was experimented on by having bees sting him on various body parts. Then there was a project to see if a virile male could have 600 children.
Finally, reverse engineering a boiled egg was another endeavor that got a mention in the Ig Nobel Awards. The surrealistic and crackpot nature of the awards elicited many a laugh by the audiences that attended the event.
The researchers who studied bee stings found that the nostrils, the upper lip and the shaft of the male intromittent organ were the most sensitive to bee venom. The stinging capacity of wasps were also noted down with alacrity and curiosity.
The exquisite pain was recorded in the most eloquent words. Then research was carried out on historical potentates who supposedly sired hundreds of sons and daughters. Moulay Ismail was one such virile and potent person that got studied. It was estimated that he must have had sex twice or thrice each and every day for his entire life span.
Then a study measured the health benefits of smooching. Kissing was something that lent the lovers immunity against various allergies. Thus swapping spit did seem to have its salubrious side besides the images of bad boys and naughty girls it conjured up.
Poultry was seen to walk in the same manner as dinosaurs did in the prehistoric past. Thus the links are obvious: dinosaurs were actually giant birds. The time it normally takes a bloke to urinate in a loo was recorded too.
It clocked in at 21 seconds to be exact. And last but not least, the makers of a device that was able to partially reverse the denatured proteins in a boiled egg were also given an Ig Nobel Prize.
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Science may still have a long way to go, but in the mean time we ought not to stop from tinkering, experimenting and just engaging in play since it is definitely worth it. Even those who don’t make it to the level of the Nobel Prize are heroes who nearly made it!