Friday, 18 September 2015

Scientist who let bees sting him on 25 different body parts awarded Ig Nobel prize

Winners of this year Ig Nobel Prize include scientists who attached a weight to the rear chicken to see if it walked like a dinosaur

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor

12:30AM BST 18 Sep 2015

A scientist who let bees sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations in his body has been awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for physiology.

The prestigious prize, which is now in its 25th year, is handed out by theAnnals of Improbable Research magazine for research that first makes you laugh, and then makes you think.

Michael Smith, of Cornell University, subjected himself to several stings a day to his face, arms and genitals to map out what section of the body was most sensitive to the barbs.

After weeks of research Smith found that although stings to his penis and testicles were uncomfortable, the worst place for a bee to attack was the nostril. Being stung on the upper lip was also one of the most painful locations for a bee sting.

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