NICK EICHER, HOST: You’ve heard of the Nobel Prize.
Well, move over, No-bell. Make room for the Ig-no-bell Prize. It’s a parody that celebrates unconventional science discoveries by our best and brightest.
PRESENTER: The chemistry and geology prize! Awarded to Jan Zalasiewicz for explaining why many scientists like to lick rocks!
Easy! Because a wet surface reveals so much more than a dry one.
Overall ten prizes just like these.
PRESENTER: The literature prize is awarded for studying the sensations people feel when they repeat a single word many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many times.
MARY REICHARD, HOST: And of course our winner is ready, ready, ready...
PRESENTER: Thank you thank you thank you.
EICHER: And then my favorite: Experiments on how electrified chopsticks can change the taste of food.
REICHARD: Makes ya laugh, then makes ya think.
EICHER: It’s The World and Everything in It.
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