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 21:990-91, 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 62:426-31, 2001). We
think special honors should go to the technology prize winner, John
Keogh of Hawthorn, Australia, for patenting the wheel in 2001.