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During the Pandemic, One Thing Didn't Change

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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 2000, the Ig Nobel Prize in public health went to Scottish researchers Jonathan Wyatt, Gordon McNaughton and William Tullett for the unsettling report, "The Collapse of Toilets in Glasgow."

Aging public toilets were breaking under users' weight, producing wounds requiring hospital treatment.


Q: How many times per day does the average adult pass gas, in pints?

a) 1-3

b) 4-5

c) 6-7


d) 9-10

A: a) 1-3 pints per day, which translates to 14 to 23 episodes, both belching and farting

Last Words

"Good dog." -- Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924), spoken to his pet hound who had brought him a dead bird


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