Copulating beetles

Mini-column ‘Alison in Wonderland’, published in the Observant, Maastricht

Last month, Maastricht’s own Professor Herman Kingma was granted an Ig Nobel Prize for his work on why discus throwers get dizzy. The Igs – an alternative to the real Nobel Prizes – are awarded annually at Harvard University to celebrate unusual (if not downright wacky) research. Further Igs were awarded for research on why Australian beetles try to copulate with discarded beer bottles, and how needing to urinate influences our decision-making processes. The mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, also received recognition for demonstrating that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by running them over with an armoured tank. As for me: I can barely add up my expenses at the end of each month, so there’ll be no Nobel Prize in Mathematics for me. But here’s hoping there’s an Ig in Dunglish research.

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