In the United States, the 31st ceremony of presenting the Shnobel Prize, awarded to the most absurd scientific discoveries of the year, took place. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held remotely.
Biologists from the United States received the Peace Prize for their study “The Potential of Mammalian Hair as a Protection Against Impact: Testing the Hypothesis of the Impact of Fistfighting on the Evolution of Human Facial Hair.” They tested the hypothesis that humans have retained facial hair during evolution, including to protect themselves from blows to the face.
Montpellier Business School professor Pavel Blavatsky received an award in economics for his research on whether obesity in politicians can serve as an indicator of the level of corruption in a country. He analyzed data from post-Soviet countries and concluded that the countries of the former USSR with the lowest rates of corruption, namely Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Georgia, have ministers with the lowest body mass index.
Scientists from Germany, Turkey and Great Britain have received the award in the field of medicine. They concluded that orgasm cures a cold as well as drugs to improve breathing.
Scientists from the Netherlands, Taiwan, Italy and the United States have received the award for their research on why pedestrians do not bump into each other.
Swedish scientist Suzanne Shotsza received an award in biology for her analysis of variations in purring, growling, squeaking, and other modes of communication between cats and humans.
The award in logistics was given to a group of scientists from seven countries for research on whether it is possible to transport a rhino upside down and how safe it is.
Scientists from Spain and Iran received an award for studying the types of bacteria in chewing gum on the sidewalks of different countries.