Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

And the winner is ...

Last month saw the announcement of the 2013 Ig Noble Prize winners. The awards are based on genuine, published, research. My favourites being the Psychology Prize (for confirming by experiment that people who think that they are drunk also think they are attractive) and the Probability Prize (for discovering that the longer a cow has been lying down the sooner it will stand up and that once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down again). The latter being a triumph for the Scottish Agricultural College Research group.

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