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Sex for Congestion, Beards Take a Punch, and Other Winners of the The 31st Annual Ig Nobel Prizes


Ever wondered whether a beard protects someone from a punch to the face? Well, it does, and that protection may be one of the evolutionary reasons behind their popularity throughout history. At least, that’s what one of the recipients of this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes found.

The Ig Nobels:

Since 1991, the Ig Nobels have been politely spoofing the Nobel Prizes, giving out awards for strange scientific discoveries. The ceremonies are heavy on the jokes and never take themselves too seriously (think: The Razzies but the winners aren’t embarrassed and don’t actually suck at their jobs).

Some winners:

Alongside the above-mentioned beard research, which took home the Peace Prize, the Biology Prize winners took home the gold for their work analyzing variations in modes of cat-human interactions (basically watched videos of cute cats but okay “science”).

The Medicine Prize found that orgasming can be as effective a nasal decongestant as any medicine, and the Entomology Prize found a new way to kill cockroaches on submarines, which is an actual problem submarines apparently have since they can’t spray poisons without killing everyone on board.

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