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Reinventing the wheel. (Indications).

A hard-hitting study on "Injuries Due to Falling Coconuts" won Dr. Peter Barss of McGill University the prize for medicine at the 11th annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony held at Harvard University. He reported that it's less dangerous to get knocked down by a coconut while standing than to be hit while sleeping under the tree (J. Trauma 21[11]:990-91, 1984). The biology prize went to Buck Weimer, inventor of Under-Ease odor-trapping charcoal-filter underwear. The public health prize went to Dr. Chittarajan Andrade for "A Preliminary Survey of Rhinotillexomania [compulsive nose-picking] in an Adolescent Sample" (J. Clin. Psychiatry 62[6]:426-31, 2001). We think special honors should go to the technology prize winner, John Keogh of Hawthorn, Australia, for patenting the wheel in 2001.
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Author:Berger, Joanne M.
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Date:Mar 15, 2002
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