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Friday, September 30, 2011

Bladder-based Decision Making Study Wins Prize

It's that time of the year again, the Ig Nobel prizes were awarded last night on the campus of Harvard University. These prizes attempt to highlight the legitimate activity going on in the world that is too weird, marginal or funny to ever win a Nobel prize (the winners of which will be announced next week). So, this year some of the highlight winners are:

Peter Snyder, a professor of Neurology at Brown University was a part of the team of researchers that won the prize for medicine for their groundbreaking study of how the need to urinate affects decision making and higher cognitive function. According to the study, the greater the need to urinate, the more difficult it is to focus on anything else. Said Snyder, in summary of his magnum opus, "When you gotta pee, you gotta pee."

Also winning the Ig Nobel peace prize was the may of Vilnius, Lithuania, Arturas Zuokas, who addressed the vexing problem of illegally parked luxury cars blocking bicycle lanes. His solution: run them over with a tank. Problem solved, prize won.

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