Feeds

Great moments in human research

Part two: "Concluding, among other things..."

Business security measures using SSL

Also in this week's column:

Great moments in human research 2: "Concluding, among other things..."

The Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded to research that is not exactly compelling. Here are some more "winners" in human research.

  • An August 1994 article in Ergonomics concluding, among other things, that wet underwear has a "demonstrated" cooling effect upon the body.
  • An April 1996 article in Parasitology Today concluding, among other things, that a particular species of female mosquito that can carry malaria is attracted equally to the smell of limburger cheese as she is to the smell of human feet.
  • A 9 November 1996 article in The Lancet concluding, among other things, that if you prick your finger on a chicken bone it is possible to smell putrid for five years. The case was of a 29-year-old man was reported by his doctors.
  • A 1997 article in Neuropsychobiology concluding, among other things, that chewing gum of different flavours produces slightly different brain wave patterns.
  • A 20 March 1999 article in Tidsskift For Den Norsk Laegeforening [The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association] concluding, among other things, that patients differ in which containers they prefer for urine samples.
  • A May 1999 article in Psychological Medicine concluding, among other things, that from the brain biochemistry stand-point, people who are in romantic love are indistinguishable from people suffering from extreme obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • A December 1999 article in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology concluding, among other things, that people who have difficulty recognising their own incompetence often have "inflated self-assessments".
  • A December 1999 article in the British Medical Journal concluding, among other things, that: "[T]aking magnetic resonance images of the male and female genitals during coitus is feasible and contributes to understanding of anatomy."
  • A June 2001 article in the Journal of Clinical Psychology concluding, among other things, that nose picking is a common activity of adolescents.
  • A 2002 article in the Human Nature concluding, among other things, that chickens prefer beautiful people compared to ugly people and that "the animals showed preferences for faces consistent with human sexual preferences (obtained from university students)".

Stephen Juan, Ph.D. is an anthropologist at the University of Sydney. Email your Odd Body questions to s.juan@edfac.usyd.edu.au

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis
Musk charging nearly half as much as Boeing for crew trips
PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away
Supermassive black hole dominates titchy star formation
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight
Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS
Pixhawk avionics juice issue sorted, onwards to Spaceport America
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.