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Bizarre scientific discoveries highlighted at Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 13, 2018) (IMPROBABLE RESEARCH) – Scientists studying voodoo dolls, roller coaster rides and self-colonoscopies were honored at the Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards on Thursday (September 13).

Marc Mitchell and David Wartinger of Michigan State University were recognized for a study into whether riding a roller coaster helps patients pass kidney stones. Japanese doctor Akira Horiuchi’s paper ‘colonoscopy in the sitting position’ was honored, as was an international team’s study into whether it is effective for employees to use voodoo dolls to retaliate against abusive bosses.

The prizes are the brainchild of Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, and are intended not to honor the best or worst in science, but rather to highlight research that encourages people to think in unusual ways.


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