Monday, April 25, 2005

Combovers and other humorous science

Did you know the combover was patented?? In 1977, how appropriate. The two geniuses who patented it even provide a diagram of how to perform the maneuver (click the link to see it). And they won an Ig Nobel Award in Engineering for their efforts. What, you've never heard of the Ig Nobels? They are awards for wacky scientific research, such as "The Effect of Country Music on Suicide." One of my personal favorite research papers, although I don't think it won a prize, was an experiment to determine whether Kansas really was as flat as a pancake. If you want to keep up on important research like this, you should read the magazine Annals of Improbable Research.

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