The 2016 Ig Nobels: Rat Pants, Mooning and the Sincerity of Rocks

Illustration depicting (left to right) a porcupine, a duck, rats and a shrimp acting like humans. Dated 1840 (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images) Universal History Archive/Contributor/Getty Images

Each year, a magazine called The Annals of Improbable Research awards the Ig Nobel prizes to honor the weirdest and funniest scientific projects ever undertaken by humans. In this pair of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert, Joe and Christian discuss this year's winners. In part one, you can expect to hear about rats with pants, the personalities of rocks, scientific mooning, mirror-assisted itch relief, as well as the lived experience of goatmen and badgermen.

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Topics in this Podcast: Ig Nobel prizes, science, rats, marketing, mirrors, goats, weird science