No, it’s not time for the networks to start showing animated Christmas specials, we’ve got at least a week before that happens. 🙂

It is, however, time for the 16th awarding of the First Annual Ig Nobel Prizes, for odd, off-kilter and uncomfortable research.  This year’s honorees include the creation of a sonic teenager repellent, a study of the reason that spaghetti always breaks into multiple pieces rather than in half, and two–count them–two publications “explored how otherwise incurable hiccups could be brought to an end with a rectal massage”.

For more info, check out the article on Ars Technica, or head straight to the source (although the server’s pretty slammed today) for a complete list of winners, all the way back to the first First Annual prizes in 1991.