• Question: if you won a noble prize, how would your speech go??

    Asked by bobbylina to Indi, Jarv, John, Ken, Vicky on 19 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: John Prytherch

      John Prytherch answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I’m not sure, but my favourite kind of speeches are the short ones!

    • Photo: Indi Ghangrekar

      Indi Ghangrekar answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Hee hee, I like John’s answer! If I did win a Nobel prize, I would acknowledge the other people past and present who discovered the foundations that my work is built upon – no one really does it on their own!

    • Photo: Vicky Young

      Vicky Young answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Oooohhhh I’d probably be a mess if I won one of those. I’d cry and thank my mum, family, friends, everyone I worked with and everyone in science really.

      It would be a dream come true for any scientist really!

      There is also the Ig Nobel Prize which celebrates this silly type of research which can seem irrelevant but actually has some good scientific findings when you question it deeper. I wouldn’t mind winning one of these either!

      For example there was a guy Donald L. Unger from the USA who won it in 2009 for:

      ‘Investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by always cracking the knuckles of his left hand — but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand — every day for more than 60 years.”

      He done this to prove his mother wrong and never got arthritis in the hand he clicked his fingers on. He then published the results of his experiment. It seems silly and maybe even made you laugh but we have never known if cracking your knuckles would hard your joints and lead to arthritis so in another way it was an awesome experiment.

      Here are some other winners:

      1. The Effect of Country Music on Suicide.
      2. Injuries Due to Falling Coconuts.
      3. A Man Who Pricked His Finger and Smelled Putrid for 5 Years
      4. The Constipated Serviceman: How common is it Among Deployed US Troop
      5. People make better decisions about some kinds of things — but worse decisions about other kinds of things‚ when they have a strong urge to urinate.

    • Photo: Ken Dutton-Regester

      Ken Dutton-Regester answered on 19 Mar 2012: