Harvard's Ig Nobel awards (1 Viewer)

Elnur_E65

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Feb 21, 2004
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I really like the hairstyle.

Medicine

Steven Stack and James Gundlach: The effect of country music on suicide

An analysis of US radio playlists revealed that as the amount of country music played went up, so did the white suicide rate

Physics

Ramesh Balasubramaniam and Michael Turvey: The dynamics of hula-hooping

Seven people span a hoop while having their movements carefully tracked. The rather obvious conclusion: it's all in the hip, knee and ankle movements

Public Health

Jillian Clarke: The validity of the five-second rule about the safety of eating food dropped on the floor

According to Clarke, a high-school student in Chicago, 70% of women and 56% of men believe this. E coli could, if present, easily colonise a fallen gummi bear within five seconds

Chemistry

Coca-Cola: Using advanced technology to convert liquid from the Thames into Dasani

Coke admitted earlier this year its new brand of bottled water, Dasani, was tapwater subjected to reverse osmosis

Engineering

Donald Smith and his father, the late Frank Smith: Patenting the comb-over

US Patent 4,022,227, for the hairstyle for people with no hair on top, was issued in 1977. It has failed to make the Smith family, of Orlando, a dime

Literature

The American Nudist Research Library, Florida: Preserving nudist history so that everyone can see it

Visitors are welcome, and clothes optional, at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort's archive

Psychology

Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris: When people pay close attention to something, it's all too easy to overlook anything else

Subjects concentrating to count basketball passes all missed a woman walking through the room with an umbrella, and a man dressed as a gorilla

Economics

The Vatican: Outsourcing prayers to India

A shortage of Catholic priests prompted western churches to send out requests for mass intentions to Indian churches

Peace

Daisuke Inoue: Inventing karaoke - and an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other

The Japanese drummer developed karaoke machines in 1971. He failed to patent his idea, and has made hardly any money from a £6bn business
 
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Elnur_E65

Elnur_E65

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Feb 21, 2004
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Harvad Business School accepted 8% of its applicants pool in 2002.

8 people out of a 100. Of them- probably 4 or 5 are children of Fortune 500 companies' CEOs and CFOs + sons of world leader and US congressmen.

So, chances of getting into their MBA program is 3 out of a 100 :D
 

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