Scientists Gave Helium to an Alligator and Made It Shout. They Won an Award
A group of (mad) scientists who put an alligator in a helium-filled tank and made it shout just won an award.
The scientists from Austria and Japan won the Ig Nobel Prize, an award that celebrates some of the world's most unorthodox experiments carried out by equally insane scientists.
Why did they put the alligator in a helium-filled tank?
A just question. Actually, the researchers were attempting to find out whether alligators' vocal communications relate to their body size. But naturally, the judges were more drawn to the method of their experiment rather than their hypothesis.
The Ig Nobels have been awarded since 1991. It aims to parody the more established Nobel Prizes awarded t different fields of science.
Apart from the helium-induced shouting alligator, the Ig Nobel Awards also recognized an Economics study that tried to "quantify the relationship between different countries' national income inequality and the average amount of mouth-to-mouth kissing."
This year's ceremony for the Ig Nobel Awards is traditionally held at Harvard University but was done this year as a webcast due to the ongoing pandemic.