Rhino upside down in the sky
2021 Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Decongestant Orgasms, Rhino Transport
A full beard can absorb nearly 40 percent of the shock from a punch to the face, according to one winning study.
ABOVE: Namibian Ministry of the Environment, Forestry, and Tourism
2021 Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Decongestant Orgasms, Rhino Transport
2021 Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Decongestant Orgasms, Rhino Transport

A full beard can absorb nearly 40 percent of the shock from a punch to the face, according to one winning study.

A full beard can absorb nearly 40 percent of the shock from a punch to the face, according to one winning study.

ABOVE: Namibian Ministry of the Environment, Forestry, and Tourism

Ig Nobel Prizes

Frozen Fecal Knives Honored by 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes
Lisa Winter | Sep 18, 2020
Other recipients of the award for laugh-worthy achievements experimented with alligators on helium and vibrating worms.
Voodoo Dolls, Roller-Coasters for Kidney Stones Win at Ig Nobels
Ashley Yeager | Sep 14, 2018
The awards for comical but practical scientific discovery also include cannibalism and self-colonoscopy.
Cave Creature Genitalia, Other Weird Discoveries Net 2017 Ig Nobels
Shawna Williams | Sep 15, 2017
In one winning paper, scientists describe an insect whose females have evolved a penis-like appendage that penetrates males’ “vaginas.”
Ig Nobels Honor Surprising Science
Ben Andrew Henry | Sep 26, 2016
Studies on the sex lives of rats and the personality of rocks are among the projects celebrated this year.
Laugh, Then Think: The Ig Nobels
Karen Zusi | Sep 21, 2015
This year’s awards honor research on bee stings, appendicitis, kissing, and more.
Science with a Sense of Humor
Erin Weeks | Sep 13, 2013
Researchers who studied stargazing dung beetles, opera-loving mice are among recipients of this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes.