The annual awards for quirky and off-beat science research with handed out by the Annals of Improbable Research at Harvard University.
Some of the winners included:
- Spanish scientists who found that rats sometimes could not distinguish between Japanese spoken backwards and Dutch spoken backwards.
- An Australian woman who documented the indexing problems caused by the word "the."
- A Japanese researcher who extracted vanilla flavoring from cow dung.
- A Taiwanese man who patented a Batman-like device that drops a net over bank robbers.