The 2007 Ig Nobels

2:05 PM -- YubaNet.com reports on the recently announced winners of the 2007 Ig Nobel Prizes, awarded each year by the folks at The Annals of Improbable Research. Among the laureates:

    Peace The US Air Force Wright Laboratory for instigating research and development on a chemical weapon that would provoke widespread homosexual behavior among enemy troops.

    Chemistry Mayu Yamamoto, from Japan, for developing a method to extract vanilla fragrance and flavoring from cow dung.

    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.
In fairness to the rats, neither can monkeys.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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