The Nobel Prize of a different sort

The Ig Nobel Prize was awarded for the 29th time on September 13. The unremunerated prize is to “celebrate the unusual and honor the imaginative”. Which means that the showcased discoveries are to be viewed with a wink.


Dirty money

In the economics category, one of the winning studies investigated in which country the most bacteria-infested bank notes are in circulation. The university professor from Heidelberg, Andreas Voss, his son Timothy, and the Turkish researcher Habip Gedik determined that Romania is a country where it’s better to not touch the money. Three types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria feel particularly at home on the Romanian leu bills. The US dollar also came in near the top in the study for bank notes that spread particularly dangerous bacteria.


The researchers’ advice: You’re better off making paper airplanes and throw away the bank notes! Cash is out of style, better to switch to card payment and similar.


Other prize-winning discoveries:

  • Pizza might protect against illness and death, if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy.
  • Dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than living magnetized cockroaches.
  • A typical five-year-old child produces a total saliva volume of about 500 milliliter per day.


More information and all of the winners can be found at: