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Today is surely the biggest day of the year for boffins and those involved in the pursuit of boffinry. Because today, the Ig Nobel awards are handed out. Well, they were handed out last night, but the boffins will be having their hangovers today, and that is even more important. As regular readers will know, the Ig Nobel Awards …


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  1. Mike Richards

    Jet-lagged hamsters

    'We are a little confused tough, as to how you would spot a jetlagged hamster. From our own childhoods we seem to remember the damn things spent virtually 24 hours a day sleeping, or hiding in a plastic boot.'

    Don't they spend practically all their lives being dead?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What's that got to do with spammers ?

    ‘Spammers target hamsters after Ig Nobel winning research’.

    What has this article got to do with spammers, and why are hamsters reading my e-mail ?

    I'm assuming it's a vague reference to giving small rodents Viagra, although I wait with baited breath for the first spam that I receive that mentions this award or is targeted specifically towards hamsters.

    Perhaps El Spammo reckons hamsters are the way to go after seeing the Egg credit card adverts.

  3. Robin

    dutch ducks duck fast talking reversed rodent

    According to the Beeb earlier:

    "Linguistics - A University of Barcelona team for showing that rats are unable to tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and somebody speaking Dutch backwards"

    Nary a Duck or a german were reported. Off course the BBC could be wrong and the cannonical site is not responding now.

  4. David Eddleman

    Re: What's that got to do with spammers ?

    No, it probably has to do with the fact that spammers push Viagra.

  5. Alan Potter

    Catching hamsters

    @Anony Vult

    It's "bated" breath, not "baited", unless you've been filling your mouth with hamster food in the hope of catching one...

  6. Andy Taylor

    I think I have spotted a flaw with the "gay bomb"

    What happens if the bomb explodes over enemy lines and your enemy suddenly starts being interested not in each other, but in your own troops?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    so they're gay

    What does the gay bomb do to the gays already in the military make them hetero.

  8. pondscum


    Richard Hammond can use Viagra (or mycoxafloppin) to ease jet-lag. What do normal sized people (who don't whiten their teeth) use?

  9. Ian McNee

    Re: I think I have spotted a flaw with the "gay bomb"

    I think it depends who 'shoots' first...

  10. Mark Roome

    The Reg

    Did El Reg not get any awards for finding out important things like the speed of sheep in a vacuum or who is the toughest ever (CN!)?

  11. Graham Dawson Silver badge

    Secret Gay Bomb Tests

    It's obvious that the gay bomb was not only built, but was tested on the USA's own civilian population in california. It'd certainly explain large areas of San Francisco. I demand an immediate investigation! And impeach random people!

  12. Robin

    The rats

    I found the cannonical source for the rats distinguishing japanese from dutch but not backwards.

    Interestingly (for some values of interesting) rats trained on Dutch (fwd) could differntiate it from Japanese (fwd) but rats trained on Jap could not spot Dutch. Backwards confused them all. As far as a quick scan of the paper showed they did not train rats on Dutch or Japanese backwards. Perhaps I can get funding for that one.

    But still no ducks or German found, where did that meme come from, wishful thinking at the reg ?

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Say Pedro, is that a hamster in your pocket or...

    "But our favourite has to be the work done in Argentina, which determined that viagra can help hamsters recover from jetlag."


    "We are a little confused tough, as to how you would spot a jetlagged hamster."

    Easy. They look extremely happy to see you.

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