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Scientists get Award for making an Alligator to shout using Helium gas (+VIDEO)

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A team of scientists who put an alligator in a helium-filled box and made it shout have won the 30th edition of the IG Nobel Prize, a prestigious award that commemorates the science world's most unorthodox experiments.


The group, led by researchers from Austria and Japan, were attempting to find out whether alligators' vocal communications relate to their body size. At the end, it was their method, rather than their hypothesis, that caught the eye of the awards committee. More background to the research, as published in the journal of Experimental Biology, can be found here.

Another experiment, which found that narcissists can be identified by their eyebrows, was also honored. And the ceremony's Peace Prize went to the governments of India and Pakistan, for "having their diplomats surreptitiously ring each other's doorbells in the middle of the night, and then run away before anyone had a chance to answer the door" - a reference to an incident that reportedly took place 2 years ago.

The IG Nobels have been awarded since 1991 to parody the more established Nobel Prizes. US President Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro won the "Medical Education Award," along with a handful of other world leaders, for using the pandemic to teach the world that "politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can".

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