In case you were wondering, it turns out that chimpanzees can, in fact, identify one another when viewing pictures of their butts.
Oh, and the
apparently seems smaller when you lean to your left. Eiffel Tower
These are just two of the startling conclusions of researchers honored at this year's Ig Nobel Awards held last week, which honor improbable research around the world.
The awards, held each year at
's Sanders Theatre, are
intended to make people first laugh, then think. Harvard University
They aim to honor the imagination and build interest in science, medicine and technology.
Recipients of the awards travel to the ceremony at their own expense and receive the prizes from "genuinely bemused genuine Nobel laureates," says the awards' website.
And it is not just people who are honored. The U.S. Government General Accountability Office this year won the Ig Nobel Prize for Literature, "for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports."