I've been aiming too low
When I was little, I always told people that I wanted to win the Nobel Prize.
Then, the other day while having dinner with friends, we got on the topic of the IgNobel Prize.
This all came about because one of the people at the table had once tried to microwave ants that had crawled onto his slice of pizza. He noticed that they didn't die unless they touched the cheese/sauce. So, he did a little experiment and came to the conclusion that ants were highly resistant to the killing effect of microwaves. Because he is a genius, he decided that his observations could be explained by the ants' low water content and surface to volume ratio or something or other--he's the physics genius, not I.
Then he brought up the IgNobels, and I was enthralled. Now, maybe all of you have seen this before, but it's new to me.
Here are some recent winners.
I really like the medical winner for their development of Neuticles. I also really like the study where they monitored a locust's brain cell activity while it watched Star Wars--that won a peace prize.
If you scroll down to the 2004 winners, you will notice that in public health, someone (Jillian Clarke) actually tested the validity of the 5-second rule.
I've been setting the bar too low. I've got to start writing up some of my interesting self-funded projects.