Annals of Improbable Research awarded the 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes last night. Among the winners:
The Public Health prize was awarded to a group of Thai doctors who authored the American Journal of Surgery study entitled “Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam.” The authors wrote, “It became fashionable in the decade after 1970 for the humiliated Thai wife to wait until her [philandering] husband fell asleep so that she could quickly sever his penis with a kitchen knife.” They added that it wasn’t unusual for the severed members to be thrown underneath the traditional elevated houses, where they were in danger of being consumed by the family’s ducks. Fortunately for the husbands concerned, much of the prize-winning study focused on improved surgical techniques for penile reimplantations.
Congratulations to the winners, whose efforts were undoubtedly greatly appreciated by victims of this epidemic. Quack quack.