December 2015, Restore Superfoods (Best Juice Ever), Annual Ig Nobel Prizes: Awards for the Weird

Restore Superfoods

Whether you are looking for a full cleanse or just a small bottle of fresh juice, Restore has you covered. These guys get started at 5am making fresh, cold pressed organic juices and smoothies. They are located right in the heart of downtown Eugene near the corner of Broadway and Olive. You can look at their menu board from outside, or on their facebook page: facebook.com/restoresuperfoods. My favorite so far has been the Goji-ade, but I got a bottle of Love Your Liver today that might have changed my mind. When I went in this afternoon there was a woman leaving with at least a dozen large bottles of different kinds of juice, I wanted to try them all. Owner Jon Bertolone sped into the back to find me a small bottle of Love Your Liver, while another customer filled out a raffle ticket. At first I thought he was sold out of bottles for the day because the mini fridge was empty, but I was mistaken. "From the moment I got here this morning at like... 6am, I've had nothing but people calling me, texting me..." said Jon, smiling as he returned with my juice. It was after 2pm and he had been too busy with customers to stock the mini fridge! He handed me a raffle ticket to fill out. "So this is for a day cleanse," Jon told me, "...we'll draw on [January] first and someone will win six sixteen-oz juices, the large ones. There'll be two Alkalyzers, three Veggie Minerals and One Nut Milk and you can either drink it throughout the day or drink it over three days- you don't have to use it as a cleanse." The bottled juices are good for three days after the morning they are made. He said the juice cleanse is a forty-nine dollar value, if I don't win I might have to buy a cleanse to try it out. Each time you make a purchase up intil December 25th you'll get another raffle ticket. He also mentioned that everything is on sale until December 25th as a Holiday special. You can start a punch card with them, they keep it at the shop. When you fill it up you get a free juice. They are located at 94 W Broadway and are open between 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday. Swing by and get some discount juice and a raffle ticket. You'll be glad you did! - Keith Fox

Annual Ig Nobel Prizes: Awards for the Weird

Sure we've all heard of the annual Nobel prize; awards given in recognition of academic, cultural and/or scientific advances. But for scientists working on more... unusual subjects, there is the lesser-known annual Ig Nobel Prizes. Each year ten Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded to scientists to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think". So even as the award ceremony is basically treated like one big, bad, sarcastic joke, the people receiving the awards actually worked hard on what they are being recognized for. If you win an Ig Nobel Prize, you win: an Ig Nobel Prize, a peice of paper saying that you won an Ig Nobel Prize signed by several Nobel laureates, and ten-trillion dollars. That last part is true but to be clear, you win a Zimbabwean ten-trillion dollar bill, which goes for around four US dollars on eBay these days. Now that the humorous background is out of the way, let's see who was awarded the international Ig Nobel Prize this year...

CHEMISTRY PRIZE — Callum Ormonde and Colin Raston [AUSTRALIA], and Tom Yuan, Stephan Kudlacek, Sameeran Kunche, Joshua N. Smith, William A. Brown, Kaitlin Pugliese, Tivoli Olsen, Mariam Iftikhar, Gregory Weiss [USA], for inventing a chemical recipe to partially un-boil an egg. PHYSICS PRIZE — Patricia Yang [USA and TAIWAN], David Hu [USA and TAIWAN], and Jonathan Pham, Jerome Choo [USA], for testing the biological principle that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in about 21 seconds (plus or minus 13 seconds).
LITERATURE PRIZE — Mark Dingemanse [THE NETHERLANDS, USA], Francisco Torreira [THE NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, USA], and Nick J. Enfield [AUSTRALIA, THE NETHERLANDS], for discovering that the word "huh?" (or its equivalent) seems to exist in every human language — and for not being quite sure why.
MANAGEMENT PRIZE — Gennaro Bernile [ITALY, SINGAPORE, USA], Vineet Bhagwat [USA, INDIA], and P. Raghavendra Rau [UK, INDIA, FRANCE, LUXEMBOURG, GERMANY, JAPAN], for discovering that many business leaders developed in childhood a fondness for risk-taking, when they experienced natural disasters (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and wildfires) that — for them — had no dire personal consequences.
ECONOMICS PRIZE — The Bangkok Metropolitan Police [THAILAND], for offering to pay policemen extra cash if the policemen refuse to take bribes.
MEDICINE PRIZE — Awarded jointly to two groups: Hajime Kimata [JAPAN, CHINA]; and to Jaroslava Durdiaková [SLOVAKIA, US, UK], Peter Celec [SLOVAKIA, GERMANY], Natália Kamodyová, Tatiana Sedláčková, Gabriela Repiská, Barbara Sviežená, and Gabriel Minárik [SLOVAKIA], for experiments to study the biomedical benefits or biomedical consequences of intense kissing (and other intimate, interpersonal activities).
MATHEMATICS PRIZE — Elisabeth Oberzaucher [AUSTRIA, GERMANY, UK] and Karl Grammer [AUSTRIA, GERMANY], for trying to use mathematical techniques to determine whether and how Moulay Ismael the Bloodthirsty, the Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, managed, during the years from 1697 through 1727 , to father 888 children.
BIOLOGY PRIZE — Bruno Grossi, Omar Larach, Mauricio Canals, Rodrigo A. Vásquez [CHILE], José IriarteDíaz [CHILE, USA], for observing that when you attach a weighted stick to the rear end of a chicken, the chicken then walks in a manner similar to that in which dinosaurs are thought to have walked.
DIAGNOSTIC MEDICINE PRIZE — Diallah Karim [CANADA, UK], Anthony Harnden [NEW ZEALAND, UK, US], Nigel D'Souza [BAHRAIN, BELGIUM, DUBAI, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, US, UK], Andrew Huang [CHINA, UK], Abdel Kader Allouni [SYRIA, UK], Helen Ashdown [UK], Richard J. Stevens [UK], and Simon Kreckler [UK], for determining that acute appendicitis can be accurately diagnosed by the amount of pain evident when the patient is driven over speed bumps.
PHYSIOLOGY and ENTOMOLOGY PRIZE — Awarded jointly to two individuals: Justin Schmidt [USA, CANADA], for painstakingly creating the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which rates the relative pain people feel when stung by various insects; and to Michael L. Smith [USA, UK, THE NETHERLANDS], for carefully arranging for honey bees to sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations on his body, to learn which locations are the least painful and which are the most painful .

Well there you have it Beard Chewers, awards for weirdness recognized by the international scientific community. If you want to learn more about the Ig Nobel Prizes and improbable research you can head over to www.improbable.com. Stay curious! - Keith Fox