Could bacon be the cure for uncontrollable nosebleeds? Doctors from Michigan were awarded a 2014 Ig Nobel Prize for their research on the folk remedy for stopping the nosebleed on a 4-year-old boy.
Dr. Sonal Saraiya and her team at the Detroit Medical Center used strips of cured pork, and amazingly, the hemorrhaging stopped. The boy was suffering from a condition called Glanzmann thrombasthenia, wherein there is an abnormality on the platelets and the blood does not clot. TIME reports that the bacon or cured pork worked as “there are some clotting factors in the pork.” Additionally, the high salt levels in bacon can absorb the fluid from the nose.
The 24th Ig Nobel Prize ceremony concluded on Thursday night last week, and the event was sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students and the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association.
The Ig Nobel Prizes are considered a parody of the Nobel Prizes, and real Nobel Prize winners give out the awards every year. The yearly event is organized by the Annals of Improbable Research science humor magazine.
Every year, ten awards are given in different fields, and the aim of the prizes is said to be to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.”
The Ig Nobel Prizes is a fun event which includes running jokes and traditions. One of which is the Paper Airplane Deluge, where everyone flies paper airplanes around the room. This year, the crowd was entertained by accordion players, and the event was overseen by two attendants who were covered from head to toe in silver paint, the Washington Post reports.
Dr. Saraiya and her team won the award under the Medicine category.
“We had to do some out-of-the-box thinking. So that’s where we put our heads together and thought to the olden days and what they used to do.”
The other nine winners of the Ig Nobel Prize are:
Arctic Science – German and Norwegian researchers concluded that Arctic reindeer are more fearful of humans dressed as polar bears than humans wearing regular hiking clothes.
Physics – Japanese researchers presented a study entitled “Frictional Coefficient under Banana Skin,” which explains whether banana skins are really slippery. The research concluded that they are not.
Psychology – Researchers from the United Kingdom and America found out that people who stay up late are more psychotic, more manipulative, and more self-admiring than those who get regular sleep. However, they also said that these night owls do better in life.
Nutrition – In a study called “Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Infant Faeces as Potential Probiotic Starter Cultures for Fermented Sausages,” Spanish scientists found out that baby poop can be a great way to start culture for fermented sausage.
Neuroscience – Canadian and Chinese researchers studied the brains of people who see the face of Jesus Christ on toast and concluded that the brain’s facial recognition sensors are activated at the slightest image of a face, even those that are found on the most odd objects.
Economics – Italy’s National Institute of Statistics won the Economics award for increasing the size of its economy by adding up the revenue they get from smuggling, illegal drug sales, prostitution, and other unlawful transactions.
Biology – A team of scientists concluded that when dogs urinate and defecate, they like to align the axis of their body with the Earth’s north-south axis.
Art – Italian researchers found out that people who are looking at a beautiful painting while being shot in the hand by a strong laser beam feel less pain that those who are looking at an ugly painting.
Public Health – International researchers studied if cat ladies really are crazy and concluded that mental health and cats are connected in some way. However, they also said that it’s a chicken-egg question saying that maybe people get cats because they are depressed.
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