Bee stings, research that makes you go 'huh?' win Ig Nobels Awards
Bee stings, research that makes you go 'huh?' win Ig Nobels Awards Michael Smith, left, accepts his trophy from Dudley Herschbach, the 1986 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, while being honored during a performance at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Bee stings, research that makes you go 'huh?' win Ig Nobels Awards
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A Cornell University graduate student allowed honeybees to sting him in 25 places. A trio of linguists discovered that almost every language in the world uses the word "huh" for clarification in a conversation. They are among the winners of this year's Ig Nobels. The awards honor humorous scientific achievement.
 
Michael Smith estimates he was stung about 200 times during his 2012 honeybee study. He said two of the most painful places to get stung are the nostril and the upper lip.
 
"A sting to the nostril is so painful it's like a whole body experience," he said.
 
Other winners honored Sept. 17 at the 25th annual ceremony at Harvard University included a team of researchers. They found that corporate CEOs take less professional risks if directly affected by natural disasters as children.
 
Real Nobel laureates handed out the prizes, and each winner received a cash award. It is a Zimbabwean 10 trillion-dollar bill, the equivalent of a couple of U.S. dollars.
 
Smith shared the Ig Nobel for physiology and entomology with Justin Schmidt.  He is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona who devised a pain scale for insect stings.
 
His advice is not get stung by the tarantula hawk. It is a nasty looking wasp found in the Southwestern U.S. with a stinger about a quarter-inch long.
 
"The sting is entirely nontoxic but hurts like the bejesus," Schmidt said.
 
Mark Dingemanse and two colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands, won the Ig Nobel for literature. They determined that the word "huh" is used in languages around the world. The languages include some of the most obscure.
 
"A system for fixing misunderstandings is clearly a crucial part of language," he said. "'Huh?' is one element of this system. It's the basic error signal people fall back on if all else fails."
 
Raghu Rau, professor of finance at the University of Cambridge, and his colleagues won for their study that found business leaders more directly affected by natural disasters as children took less risk during their careers.
 
Rau uses Apple as an example. The late CEO, Steve Jobs, who lived through a deadly landslide near his home in San Francisco as a child, ran the company conservatively. His successor, Tim Cook, witnessed few fatalities despite regular tornadoes while growing up in Alabama. Cook has made more risky business decisions.
 
"Think of yourself as a member of a board of directors. When you try to hire a CEO, do you want a risk taker or not?" Rau said.
 
As usual, the winners were thrilled with the honor.
 
"Sometimes these crazy things provide a lot of insight," said Schmidt, the bug guy.

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Why is the cash award a Zimbabwean 10 trillion-dollar bill?
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COMMENTS (118)
  • fitzk-mcc
    10/05/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    While a Zimbabwean 10 trillion-dollar bill sounds like a lot, in the U.S. it's only a couple of dollars. So really while the reward sounds like a treasure it's basically worthless besides the recognition you get from winning.

  • christinaz-mcc
    10/05/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    He got awarded cash because real nobel laureates handed out the awards which equaled US dollars.

  • andrewl-mcc
    10/05/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    It makes the people think that they are getting more money than they really are. In reality they are only earning a couple U.S. dollars. I'm not really sure why they did this it is very confusing.

  • rener-mcc
    10/05/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    Because the real nobel laureates handed out the awards and it equaled a couple of U.S. dollars.

  • teddyp-mcc
    10/05/2015 - 01:24 p.m.

    The cash award is a Zimbabwean 10 trillion-dollar bill because the scientific achievements are "humorous" so it's like a funny achievement- not a lot of money involved.

  • charlies1-mcc
    10/05/2015 - 01:28 p.m.

    They give the people this cash award of a Zimbabwean 10 trillion-dollar bill because it is equivalent to a couple US dollars. They wanted to give some kind of thanks to these people also.

  • roberth1-mcc
    10/05/2015 - 01:28 p.m.

    Real Nobeal handed out the prizes, and each winner recieved a cash award. It is a Zimbabwean 10 trillion-dollar bill, the equivalent of a couple of U.S. dollars.

  • isaiahg-mcc
    10/05/2015 - 01:29 p.m.

    Because prize was a cash prize and the Zimbabwean 10 trillion-dollar bill was equal to a couple U.S. dollars.

  • nolann-mcc
    10/05/2015 - 01:30 p.m.

    This 10 trillion dollars bill is awarded to the scientist for one main reason. The dollars bill is from Zimbabwean because that country is poverty stricken and the 10 trillion dollars could help those in this country.w

  • taylorn-mcc
    10/05/2015 - 01:32 p.m.

    The cash award is a Zimbabwean 10 trillion-dollar bill because it is equivalent to a couple of U.S. dollars. So they

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