And the winner is…

My favorite Ig Nobel prize this year is in Linguistics:

LINGUISTICS: Juan Manuel Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Universitat de Barcelona, for showing that rats sometimes cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and a person speaking Dutch backwards.


A close second is in aviation:

AVIATION: Patricia V. Agostino, Santiago A. Plano and Diego A. Golombek of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina, for their discovery that Viagra aids jetlag recovery in hamsters.

Meanwhile, a more serious prize was awarded for really useful physics.

Le pélican est, avec le kangourou, le seul marsupial volant à avoir une poche ventrale sous le bec.

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