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The importance of smelly feet and stinky cheese

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:771
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. Boston

    Scientists across the world were honoured last week for addressing such essential questions as how to stop hiccups and how the smell of Limburger cheese and smelly feet can help in the fight against malaria.

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    Dr Francis Fesmire won an Ig Nobel prize for his pioneering approach to hiccups


    The occasion was the annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony at Harvard University, where prizes are awarded for science that “first makes you laugh, then makes you think.” Participants were also able to celebrate the fact that one of the organisers, who always sweeps the floors after the event, had been awarded a real Nobel prize last …

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