Last year, I posted a brief item about how the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize for Management was awarded to Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, and Cesare Garofalo of the University of Catania, Italy, for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random.
With the 2011 version of these prizes being awarded to honor achievements that make people laugh, and then make them think, I wanted to take a moment to show how this research affects my life.
I love wasabi. I have cherished this add-on to sushi ever since its pungent taste assaulted my taste buds way back when. While I have never thought to myself How else can I get wasabi in my life other than on rice?, it is heartening to know that the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel Prize for Chemistry did take the time to wonder and have created the wasabi alarm to alert people during times of emergency.
(I’ll take that California roll to go, please)
I have been in the situation where one has a full bladder and nowhere to go. It is now nice to know that instead of punishing myself for not thinking ahead, I was actually planning to make better decisions. Courtesy of the research done by the winners of this year’s Ig Noble Prize for Medicine, they demonstrated that people make better decisions about some kinds of things when they have a strong urge to urinate.
(Oh, the Ig Noble people also say that this research show that people make worse decisions about other matters when the need to go is strong.)
I have been accused of my wife as being an excessive sigher. I have no evidence to rebut or confirm her allegation. For the sake of argument, let us assume she is correct (she’s my wife…of course, she is correct). Thanks to the research done by this year’s winner of the Ig Nobel Prize for Psychology, I can understand why people, in everyday life, sigh.
(Now if I can just figure out why I can’t plan ahead and go the bathroom before I take a long trip.)