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'Gay Bomb,' Sword Eating Win Ig-Nobels

Making enemies 'sexually irresistible to each other' lights anti-Nobels' fuse
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2007 6:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – The US military does some pretty cutting-edge research, but a hypothetical bomb that would make enemy troops make love to each other instead of war on the US? The proposal—along with detailed research on the effects of sword-swallowing, extracting vanilla from cowpies, and curing hamster jetlag with Viagra—yesterday won Ig Nobel Prizes for research that “that cannot, or should not, be reproduced.”

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The cheeky awards, which real Nobel laureates at Harvard University have handed out since 1991, salute real—though not always down-to-earth—research. Unfortunately, the gay bomb researchers could not be tracked down. But Dan Meyer was "extremely surprised and honored" by the salute to his research, which concluded that one shouldn't swallow a sword with a sore throat. (Read more chemical warfare stories.)

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