Hmmm, I think all scientific discoveries have some relevance. However, there is definately some quirky science out there that on the surface seems unusual and sometimes pointless. There is this great site that summarises some of the most weird articles that are published. It’s called NCBI ROFL:
Have you heard of the Nobel prize? Its like the best prize you can ever get as a scientist. Well 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.
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.