Sure, there are the Nobel Prizes, but what about the Ig Nobel Prizes?
Ten Ig Nobel awards were given out in early October by the editors of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Join us for our annual post-Thanksgiving selection of highlights from the awards ceremony, a salute to the strange and silly in science.
This year's honorees include researchers studying the physics of wrinkled bed sheets, medical investigations into the side effects of sword swallowing, and the discovery of an unusual new source of vanilla flavor. Our guest is Marc Abrahams, author of The Ig Nobel Prizes 2: An All-New Collection of the World's Unlikeliest Research (Dutton, 2005); master of ceremonies; editor, Annals of Improbable Research.