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The Contraption

Bro Taylor sent another quality video. His title was ‘What Engineers do when they retire‘, though looking at the original website, it should read ‘what workshy engineering graduates do when they don’t want a real job.’

This is kind of contraption that would put Wallace and Gromit to shame:

My favourite quote from their website:”Baynham & Tyers is no longer an active company, as Ben and Tom are heavily involved in exciting new projects.” Like gluing things to the wall, evidently.

The Ig Nobel Prizes 2008

The Ig Nobel Prizes are a celebration of weird, pointless and entertaining scientific research that, as the Improbable Research organisation puts it, “first makes you laugh, then makes you think.”

Some of the winners from this year include:

– Nutrition: making crisps crunch louder than they should

– Biology: “fleas that live on a dog jump higher than fleas that live on a cat”

– Chemistry: conflicting teams arguing over whether coca-cola is an effective spermicide

– Physics: mathematical proof that heaps of string will inevitably tangle up in knots

All geniuses, no doubt.

Here is the acceptance speech of last year’s prizewinners for Medicine: Sword Swallowing!

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