The British are giving out a special version of the Nobel prize, called the IgNobel, for silly scientific research. Among the recent IgNobel winners are a scientist who researched belly button lint. Another award was given to scientists who showed how to measure the surface area of an elephant. An IgNobel was also awarded to researchers who translated dog barks into Japanese.
IgNobel organizer Mark Abrahams says, “These are all research projects that raise eyebrows. Some raise your eyebrows so much you can damage your face.” The IgNobels are given out by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research, recognizing projects that “cannot, or should not, be reproduced.”