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The Ig Nobel Prizes celebrate achievements that make people laugh, then think. A look at real science that's hard to take seriously and even harder to ignore.

In 2011, the Ig Nobel Prize in medicine went to a pair of research teams for independent studies that found that people make better decisions about some things and worse decisions about others when they have a strong urge to urinate.

Sum Body

Over human history, lots of substances have been promoted as patent medicines to ill effect, including:

No. 1: Opium

No. 2: Blood

No. 3: Cocaine

No. 4: Prairie flowers and "Indian oil"

No. 5: Petroleum

No. 6: Tomatoes


No. 7: Arsenic

No. 8: Radium

No. 9: Mercury

No. 10: Swamp root


"Here lies one of the funniest men around. It's funny they let him live so long." -- Headstone of Warren Wesley Berkenbile, an Ohio businessman who probably wasn't among the world's funniest men but obviously had a sense of humor. He died in 1991 at the age of 70.


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