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A crack Sino-British team of scientists last night deservedly secured an Ig Nobel for demonstrating that fellatio in fruit bats prolongs copulation time. A proud Gareth Jones of Blighty's Bristol Uni was on hand at the 20th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony at Harvard's Sanders Theatre to accept the coveted biology award. …

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WTF?

Wait a minute.....

Swearing relieves pain? where have I seen this before?

Thats it! this weeks mythbusters on discovery.

must fail as an ignoble cos if jamie and adam have done it it *must* be good science

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The nice thing

They even had a video of the fruit bats to prove it - I downloaded it. It's nice to see some science with some hard proof behind it.

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Then surely...

You've just admitted breaking the extreme porn laws by downloading animal porn.

<-- They're coming for YOU!

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Are these fruit bats

the same creatures that feature male lactation?

http://www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/malelactation.html

Mine's the one with the leakproof bra in the pocket.

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"cetacean mucus harvesting chopper"

Judicious word ordering there. "Cetacean chopper mucus harvesting" could be a whole new problem. A real mouthful, in fact.

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OK, fine

"perfecting a method to collect whale snot, using a remote-control helicopter"

But the question here shouldn't be 'how', it should be 'WHY!'

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Why?

I don't ask why, I just admire its magnificence.

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Why?

Because you are supporting some biological research that is interested in the contents of whale snot. Seems obvious really. World's largest mammal may have some interesting viruses or antibodies present. Either that or you like collecting really large bogeys.

Mines the one with the extra-large packet of man-sized tissues in the pocket, ta.

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Go

You're just jealous of the bats.

I know I am!

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Anonymous Coward

I fear the price of fruit bats may rise

Regrettable. I'd like to buy one or two for the pope. Just to make a point, like.

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Ahem

Should that not be "A crack Sino-British team of scientists last night 'gobbled up' an Ig Nobel for demonstrating that fellatio in fruit bats prolongs copulation time.

Thank you and good night!!

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Next year

... I suppose they'll demonstrate bat-kkake. But I don't plan to watch that vid.

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Dilbert school of management?

My favourite is the Management Prize :

MANAGEMENT PRIZE: Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, and Cesare Garofalo of the University of Catania, Italy, for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random.

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The Peter Principle

It's not so much that random promotion is the best method, but The Peter Principle is that people are promoted until they're incompetent. So random promotion might just be getting you a few more competent people at the higher levels. Some other method (maybe temporary promotion) so that people can return to their level of useful competence, might be better.

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Paris Hilton

I find this whole subject...

...very difficult to swallow.

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