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The gay bomb , sword-swallowing injuries, and Hamsters on Viagra

  1. Oct 5, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    The "gay bomb", sword-swallowing injuries, and Hamsters on Viagra

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/10/04/ig.nobels.ap/index.html
     
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  3. Oct 5, 2007 #2

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    Is it bad when I start reading these, and each year they sound less outrageous than the previous year? I can see real relevance to the hamsters on viagra study, and the bottomless bowl of soup findings as well, and could even guess that the mathematics of wrinkled sheets probably has some useful application beyond excuses to avoid ironing.

    Despite the controversial name, I actually would much prefer a chemical weapon that inspires people to make love, not war, over conventional weapons, and it would certainly change the meaning of reports of our troops taking "friendly fire." We might start enjoying those reports rather than dreading them.
     
  4. Oct 5, 2007 #3

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    Remember all this research was originally planned and funded to be useful - these are just the topics that the ignobles think will sound funny on cnn.

    I think researchers ( or the university PR dept) is becoming more aware of this effect and deliberatly promote the odd aspects in the hope of some publicity.
    So instead of publishing a useful boring paper on stress buckling in aircraft skin you mention wrinkled sheets instead and instant fame.
     
  5. Oct 5, 2007 #4

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    They really should have succeeded, and then bombed Hollywood:
    Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise (oh, forget about Tom, he doesn't need to get bombed..)
     
  6. Oct 5, 2007 #5
    I think most of the 'low end' leaders would like an 'intellectual bomb'
     
  7. Oct 5, 2007 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    Rumor has it that one was already dropped on California.

    :rofl::rofl::rofl: It's not just a job, it's an adventure!
     
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