Penis stings, speed bump diagnoses, 888 children and the laws of urination - it's the winners of the 2015 Ig Nobel Awards
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Ever wondered where the most painful place on your body to be stung is? Fortunately, this and other important questions have once again been answered through ‘improbable research’ rewarded that the IG Nobel Awards. This year’s ceremony, held last night at Harvard, crowned the best new research answering the questions that have been on nobody’s mind – but probably should have been! Some of the research was quite literally ‘painstaking’. Cornell researcher Michael Smith and Entomologist Justin Schmidt worked out how painful insect stings are and where it hurts the most. Smith pressed bees against 25 parts of his body until they stung him. Five stings a day for 38 days, rating pain one to 10. His conclusion the most painful places to be stung are the nostril, the upper lip and the shaft of the penis. Schmidt added some colour to the world of bee sting knowledge with his ‘sting pain index’ rating on a scale of one to four. His in-depth descriptions of 78 sting types highlight the work of a man who is probably all too familiar with being stung. In other pain related research the Diagnostic Medicine Prize went to work that determined that acute appendicitis can be accurately diagnosed by the amount of pain evident when the patient is driven over speed bumps.
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