Ig Nobel Prizes 2008

Here is the list of winners. As the citation says, these are “For achievements that first make people LAUGH then make them THINK”.

I greatly enjoyed reading the paper titles. I was trying to pick a favorite but its just too hard – they all sound so cool! Still, the following two made me particularly curious:

A Comparison of Jump Performances of the Dog Flea, Ctenocephalides canis (Curtis, 1826) and the Cat Flea, Ctenocephalides felis felis (Bouche, 1835),” M.C. Cadiergues, C. Joubert, and M. Franc, Veterinary Parasitology, vol. 92, no. 3, October 1, 2000, pp. 239-41.

The Role of Armadillos in the Movement of Archaeological Materials: An Experimental Approach,” Astolfo G. Mello Araujo and José Carlos Marcelino, Geoarchaeology, vol. 18, no. 4, April 2003, pp. 433-60.

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