The Ig Nobel Prize: Make a Bee Sting Your Penis, Get an Award

The Ig Nobel Prize: Make a Bee Sting Your Penis, Get an Award

The 2015 Ig Nobel prizes have been handed out, awarding the strangest and most apparently useless advances in science.

Nature Magazine calls it, "...arguable the highlight of the scientific calendar." The scientists and inventors who win the award achieve tremendous fame, often at the expense of their own comfort, sanity... and dignity.

This is the Ig Nobel Prize, now in its 25th year. Handed out annually by The Annals of Improbable Research, there are ten categories for which an individual or team can qualify. There is, really, just one criteria - your research has to be almost entirely useless.

To wit: did you know that almost all known mammalian species empty their bladders in about the same amount of time? Well, the winners of this year's prize in physics can tell you it's about 21 seconds. Have you heard that the word "huh?" exists in every human tongue? Have a literature prize!

Have you been missing romance in your life? Why not read through the studies on the biomedical benefits - and consequences - of intense kissing. Their words, not mine.

Last - but not least, not by a long shot - is Michael L. Smith. Mr. Smith carefully arranged honey bees to sting him on 25 different parts of his body, in order to let us all know which locations were least painful, and which were more painful. Fun fact of the decade: getting bee-stung on your penis shaft is, according to his research, "oh god oh no oh NO." I might be paraphrasing.

His research was not presented in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS.

Justin Schmidt was jointly awarded the prizes for physiology and entomology with Smith, for creating the Schmidt Pain Index, which came up in our article about bullet ant venom.

So there you have it. Science: never not interesting.

Any of our readers care to share some of the wackier science stories they've heard? Surely we've covered a few of the weirder ones - but there's always more out there to discover.

Source: Improbable Research

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On behalf of every man who isn't Mr. Smith, I will accept this award of not being stung in the penis by a bee.

It's a nice award.

PNAS.....hahhahahahah

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The world is constantly reminding me about just how weird we all are collectively... <_<

There are people who get off on that. I have some weird friends online who like to share certain videos they find online in order to crack my sanity. All it has done is make me rock solid in the face of shock videos.

This is the perfect time to call for...

This title is misleading. I thought I could win something by going out into the woods naked. Now it was all wasted time and effort. In other news, it's always a good idea to read the article before you assume anything based on the title alone.
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This just to remind everyone that science isn't about 'why?', but rather 'why not?'.

So just asking for a friend, but d-does getting stung in the penis cause... you know... s-swelling? I mean I don't care, j-just asking for a friend!

Interesting. Getting stung inside the nose or on the lip hurts more than getting stung on the dick or balls.

Denamic:
So just asking for a friend, but d-does getting stung in the penis cause... you know... s-swelling? I mean I don't care, j-just asking for a friend!

Yes, same as getting stung anywhere.

PatrickJS:

Last - but not least, not by a long shot - is Michael L. Smith. Mr. Smith carefully arranged honey bees to sting him on 25 different parts of his body, in order to let us all know which locations were least painful, and which were more painful. Fun fact of the decade: getting bee-stung on your penis shaft is, according to his research, "oh god oh no oh NO." I might be paraphrasing.

That links to the "Is "Huh?" a Universal Word?" article, not the bee-sting one. On a side note, how much drugs do you have to do to think of finding out how much bee-stings hurt, never mind how much they hurt on your wang?

Denamic:
So just asking for a friend, but d-does getting stung in the penis cause... you know... s-swelling? I mean I don't care, j-just asking for a friend!

I imagine it does.

But since its from a bee sting... its not going to be the good kind.

SomeLameStuff:
That links to the "Is "Huh?" a Universal Word?" article, not the bee-sting one. On a side note, how much drugs do you have to do to think of finding out how much bee-stings hurt, never mind how much they hurt on your wang?

Thanks for catching that! Link fixed. The penis-sting paper has a fun diagram, for the curious.

One of the few occasions I'm happy I don't have one.

Saulkar:
There are people who get off on that. I have some weird friends online who like to share certain videos they find online in order to crack my sanity. All it has done is make me rock solid in the face of shock videos.

Oh even better (or worse depending on your point of view) look up this free game online called "Corruption Of Champions" it's all about obscene sexual mutations. There is even an option to have larvae implanted in your penis and then have them gestate and hatch.... apparently some people find this idea erotic, though I am guessing it's an even smaller subset of the human race than are into "Vore".

So uh, yeah I believe you. I also wouldn't be surprised if the guy who did this is some kind of masochist to begin with. When it comes to bees biting sensitive areas though I'm a bit surprised the "research" didn't involve a girl with jars full of bees bound over her breasts that that seems to be the most common form of bee-sting porno. Not my cup of tea, and no I won't explain how I'm aware of this or "Corruption Of Champions".

Denamic:
So just asking for a friend, but d-does getting stung in the penis cause... you know... s-swelling? I mean I don't care, j-just asking for a friend!

You gotta be careful though, because the toxins will go straight to your head.

I remember seeing this news trending on Facebook. I guess you can say that people were...

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...buzzin' about it.

Fucking lightweight. I got stung on the very tip by a jellyfish one. For my award, I'd like all jellyfish eradicated.

Now we just need to find out if it hurts more erect or flaccid.
Get on it Science!

How about that knucklehead that ran a study on how rewarding the last people to arrive by serving them first reduces wait time by eliminating campers (ergo removing the outliers that wait for days as opposed to everyone showing up at the same time and trampling eachother)?

Pretty damn worthless.

So Jackass could win won of these awards one day?

Props to a news headline that cannot possibly be ignored. Hmm maybe this bee ...err, "scientist" secretly gets off to danger and pain and the not-so-soothing buzz of a curious bee, primed ready to give its' life away by heroically stabbing the strangely excited floor of flesh that risen so rudely to greet them.
Maybe not, but there is always the chance of sexual deviancy veiled beneath a guise of science. Something to horrify your imagination at least.

 

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