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From: Angus Innes <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2012 09:02:42 +0000

 I recall the research Tony Keene refers to was awarded an Ig Nobel prize in 
2003 (see below)..  As to hooligan gang behaviour, in the UK, groups of Mallard 
drakes constantly demonstrate gross behaviour in their attention to single 
Mallard ducks. Water boarding would be an innocent alternative..Angus Innes.
( Ig Nobel Prizes, are the annual science award by the AIR [see below] for ten 
achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think". AIR also 
runs the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists.[2] The prizes are 
presented by genuine Nobel laureates, originally at a ceremony in a lecture 
hall at MIT but now in Sanders Theater at Harvard University. It contains a 
number of running jokes, including Miss Sweetie Poo, a little girl who 
repeatedly cries out, "Please stop: I'm bored," in a high-pitched voice if 
speakers go on too long.[3] The awards ceremony is traditionally closed with 
the words: "If you didn't win a prize — and especially if you did — better luck 
next year!"The Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) is a bi-monthly magazine 
devoted to scientific humor, in the form of a satirical take on the standard 
academic journal. AIR, published six times a year since 1995, usually showcases 
at least one piece of scientific research being done on a strange or unexpected 
topic, but most of their articles concern real or fictional absurd experiments, 
such as a comparison of apples and oranges using infrared spectroscopy. Other 
features include such things as ratings of the cafeterias at scientific 
institutes, fake classified and advertisements for a medical plan called 
HMO-NO, and a very odd letters page.)


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