The secret sex lives of rats

2016-09-25 06:03
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Cambridge - Scientific research into how polyester pants affect the sex lives of rats is among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel spoof awards.

The prizes will be awarded for a 26th consecutive year at Harvard University in Cambridge, US, this week by a group of actual Nobel prize winners.

They are intended to honour accomplishments in science and humanities that make one laugh, then think.

The Ig Nobel Reproduction Prize went to the late researcher Ahmed Shafik of Egypt, who died in 2007, for a 1993 paper documenting that rats that wore polyester or polyester-cotton blend pants were less sexually active than those that wore cotton or woollen pants – or no pants at all.

Briton Thomas Thwaites’ work was in a similar vein: he built a set of prosthetic leg extensions to try to live like a goat in the Swiss Alps.

Japan’s Atsuki Higashiyama and Kohei Adachi were awarded the Perception Ig Nobel prize for a paper on how objects look different when one bends over and views them through one’s legs.

Makes you think, doesn’t it? – Reuters and The Telegraph

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