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02-10-04, 03:27

Researchers who patented a comb-over hairstyle in 1975 were top prize winners in the engineering section of this years Ig Nobel awards.

Father and son team Frank and Donald Smith developed a method to cover partial baldness using only the individual's own hair.

Award organisers, the Annals of Improbable Research publishers, say the Igs are meant to celebrate the unusual.

They also aim to encourage interest in science, medicine, and technology.

This year's prizes were awarded at a sell out gala ceremony at Harvard University in Massachusetts and the prizes were handed to the winners by genuine Nobel Laureates.

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The hairstyling technique works by dividing a person's hair into three sections and carefully folding one section over another.

Frank Smith's granddaughter, Heather Smith Adams, said even she was fooled by his trick.

"You know how comb-overs have that stringy look? This is to avoid that stringy look. I didn't know for a long time that he even had a comb-over," she said.

Jillian Clarke, another of this years lucky winners, won the Public Health prize for her study of the scientific validity of the so-called "five-second rule".

The "rule" suggests that if food falls to the floor and stays there for less than five seconds, it is safe to pick it up and eat it.

She found that 70% of women and 56% of men were familiar with the rule and many adopted it when considering to eat a tasty morsel they dropped on the floor.

Not surprisingly, she found that sweet foods were more likely to be picked up and eaten than vegetables.

"If you drop your food on a floor that does contain micro-organisms, the food can be contaminated in five seconds or less." her report concluded.

Among the other winners were a team led by Magnus Wahlberg who discovered that herrings apparently communicate by farting.

Full story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3708278.stm)

[ 02. October 2004, 04:27: Message edited by: Neteru ]

02-10-04, 20:10
Originally posted by Neteru:
Among the other winners were a team led by Magnus Wahlberg who discovered that herrings apparently communicate by farting.Now, I wonder what his research was in order to discover this http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

03-10-04, 07:59
Well it adds a whole new meaning to gassing (an English expression for chatting at length). :D

[ 03. October 2004, 09:00: Message edited by: Neteru ]

03-10-04, 08:04
LMAO :D I guess that, at some point, he must have been tempted to... umm... converse with the herrings their way himself :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

03-10-04, 08:46
LOL, yes, and then trumpet his findings :D

03-10-04, 11:22
http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif OMG :D

I wouldn't want to be anywhere near him when he would do that http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

03-10-04, 13:49
Ha ha comb over, i dont know what are you like Net.

Oh the hairdressors badgered me into getting my hair dyed Caramel, :s. Well i now look like you Net. Except it suites you, and not me. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-2.gif

03-10-04, 14:31
Tip: Never listen to hairdressers ;)

03-10-04, 14:40
Originally posted by Neteru:
Tip: Never listen to hairdressers ;) Well, another lesson learnt, i was thinking that in the back of my mind, but i was also thinking, mmm i have never had colour before, so i thought why not. Whats the worst thats gonna happen, she might slip and burn my eyes out with the bleach brush or something! LOL dosy mare!