Let me introduce you to the scientific community with an example from last year. Upon being alerted to a man spending several days living as a goat, how do you think they responded? Did they treat this individual with scorn? Nope. Did they mock him mercilessly and make goat impressions every time he walked into the office? Wrong again. Did they award his contribution to science and sing his praises for doing so? Yes, how did you guess? Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of the Ig Nobel Awards, whose [apt] philosophy is to recognise studies in science, arts and everything in between which “makes you laugh and then think”. Interestingly, another Ig Nobel Award winner from last year won for [also] creating prosthetics and living as a badger, an otter, a fox, and a bird. I never said scientists were a normal bunch, now did I.

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