Thursday, June 03, 2010

IgNobel nomination for proving a giraffe can swim

Dr. Darren Naish has been nominated for an IgNobel, the prize for research which cannot or should not be replicated. His achievement? With a co-author, he has proved mathematically that a giraffe can swim. It turns out there are no clear records of giraffes swimming, as opposed to wading across rivers (do you need to swim when you are five meters tall?). But now science has proven that, yes, if you throw a giraffe into water over its head, it can survive. Darren is now looking for a research grant and a spare giraffe, not to mention a crane....

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