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Whale snot, roller coasters big winners in this year’s Ig Nobel awards

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Growing up, my twin cousins carried their inhalers around with them like their lives depended on it. If they ran too fast, they pumped the inhaler. If they stood up too fast, whoosh went their white inhalers. After awhile, it became a running joke that the inhaler was a “cure all,” capable of healing any ailment. You name it–broken arm, rupture spleen, hangnail–whoosh, whoosh. All better. Little did my cousins know, their asthma could have been treated with a roller-coaster ride.

On Oct. 10, Professors Simon Rietveld and Ilja van Beest won the Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine for “discovering that symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride.”

The Ig Nobel Prize’s are awarded to real professors or scientists around the world who perform “research that makes people laugh and then think,” according to the org’s website. More than 100 people have won the award since it began in 1991.

Here is a list of this years winners:

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