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Story Sunday: Ig Nobel Prize Goes For Alligator On Helium

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Esquire Magazine Alligator Image
Image Credit: Esquire Magazine

“Alligator sucking on helium wins parody Ig Nobel Prize”

Scientists are answering a question no one is asking. What would it sound like if an alligator sucked up helium? When a team of international researchers wanted to find out whether a gator’s vocalizations relate to its body size, they devised an experiment that would earn them the 2020 Ig Nobel (a wordplay on “Nobel” and “ignoble”) Prize for acoustics. Researchers captured footage of the snorting alligator in a helium-filled tank. In perhaps one of the biggest letdowns in the history of scientific study, it sounded nothing like a cartoon chipmunk. Now in its 30th year, the annual Ig Nobel Prize awards ceremony, usually presented at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, was conducted remotely due to pandemic restrictions.

Among this year’s other elite competitors, a study which demonstrated that meticulously groomed eyebrows are a reliable indicator of grandiose narcissism took home the prize in psychology. The prize in economics went to an international team of creeps (presumably) who wanted to know whether the rate of French kissing correlated with national income inequality. Based on data from 13 countries across six continents, they found that where kissing was more frequent, income inequality was also more likely to occur. Go figure. American Richard Vetter took home the prize in entomology for his brave study on spiders (which aren’t technically insects) that revealed most of his peers are, allegedly, arachnophobic. And, the award for materials science went deservedly (because it’s gross) to a collaboration between the US and the UK to study whether frozen human feces could be made into usable knives. Spoiler alert: It certainly cannot.

But, who could forget the most Ig Nobel moment in recent history? The medical education prize went to a roundup of sometimes ill-advised world leaders for showing that “politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can” during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Hannah Sparks
New York Post
September 18, 2020

Additional:
Researcher Receives Ig Nobel Prize (Lund University/Stephan Reber)

Shutterbug Saturday: Old Halloween Stuff

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It’s finally October, home month of jack-o-lanterns, ghosties, ghoulies, witches (the cartoon type), bats, spiders, skeletons, and the like, for the upcoming Halloween. I love wandering around to get shots of local decorations, much like Christmas. This post, however, covers some of my old stuff…stuff collected over the years (remember email forwards?)…stuff I didn’t take, myself, plus…a really cute video from 2005. I have no idea who took these. ~Vic

Take a look at Halloween Local.

Barfing Pumpkin 2000 Image One
Sick Pumpkin
Image file reflects 12-05-2000
The Lone Mooner Image Two
Pumpkin Mooner
Image file reflects 09-30-2001
Drunk Pumpkin Image Three
Drunk Pumpkin
Image file reflects 10-31-2001
Halloween Flashers Image Four
Halloween Flashers
Image file reflects 10-19-2002
Dead Pumpkin Image Five
Dead Pumpkin
Image file reflects 08-26-2007
Hard Pumpkin Party Image Six
Partied Too Hard
Image file reflects 10-12-2008

Shutterbug Saturday: Halloween Local

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Neighbors with humor… All pictures are my personal collection. ~Vic

Halloween Image One
Uniquitiques Store
They decorate every year. Last year was better than this year.
10-13-2017
Halloween Image Two
This house didn’t decorate this year.
11-04-2017
Halloween Image Three
This is either a large rat or a small dog. You decide.
10-06-2018
Halloween Image Five
Backseat of a pickup truck. At least he is wearing his seatbelt.
10-13-2018
Halloween Image Four
I love the pipe skeleton.
10-18-2018
Halloween Image Six
He is well fed.
10-24-2018
Halloween Image Seven
Bats and spiders. I think they need an exterminator.
10-24-2018
Halloween Image Eigth
Heyyyyyyyy!
10-24-2018
Halloween Image Nine
Same guy last year. What a ham.
10-20-2017
Halloween Image Ten
There seems to be a rather large concentration of skeletons here.
10-06-2018
Halloween Image Eleven
Whoops! Chased by a rogue skeleton.
10-06-2018

Same house a year ago.