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Japanese professor wins Ig Nobel prize for study on knob turning


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It is one of life’s overlooked arts: the optimal way to turn a knob. Now an investigation into this neglected question has been recognised with one of science’s most coveted accolades: an Ig Nobel prize.

After a series of lab-based trials, a team of Japanese industrial designers arrived at the central conclusion that the bigger the knob, the more fingers required to turn it.

The team is one of 10 to be recognised at this year’s Ig Nobel awards for research that “first makes you laugh, then makes you think” – not to be confused with the more heavyweight Nobel prize awards, coming up in Scandinavia next month.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/sep/15/japanese-professor-wins-ig-nobel-prize-for-study-on-knob-turning

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2 minutes ago, Still Waters said:

After a series of lab-based trials, a team of Japanese industrial designers arrived at the central conclusion that the bigger the knob, the more fingers required to turn it.

Wow what an epiphany. :lol:

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I was going to say they must be hard up to find people fit to give Nobel prizes to, but it's not an actual Nobel prize, it's like a Nobel prize light. 

Finally, a Nobel I have a chance at. Just have to study something really, really dumb.

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On 9/16/2022 at 1:57 PM, Still Waters said:

After a series of lab-based trials, a team of Japanese industrial designers arrived at the central conclusion that the bigger the knob, the more fingers required to turn it.

Wow, this is Einstein's level.

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