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.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

You cannot be serious

The 26th Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded last month and remind us that humour, satire and science do (occasionally) rub shoulders. A well deserved $10tn Zimbabwean note went to those honoured. Worthy of special mention in this year’s crop of winners include:  a study on the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males; and work assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, from a sales and marketing perspective.

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