Thought for the month

“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).

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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