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November 13, 2005

Tinfoil hats

A MIT team investigates the effectiveness of tinfoil hats (via Bruce Schneier): "Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals."

Two observations:

First, back in my day, the secret world government used to beam signals into our heads using orbital mind control lasers, not boring old radio signals. I suppose tinfoil hats would be a pretty effective defence against lasers -- any OMCL poowerful enough to penetrate a tinfoil hat would probably burn a hole in the paranoid's cranium -- so maybe that's why the government abandoned them, but I have to say I consider this a step down for nefarious conspiracies everywhere.

Second, I'm impressed by the sheer blatancy with which researchers now covet Ig Nobel prizes.

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I knew a guy that was doing his Masters in chemistry on how to make beer more bubbly... mainly because he was getting a load of money from one of the beer companies and lots of free samples.

He was a happy chappy..

The Ig Nobel prizes are great, they should realy get more TV time.

Posted by: 42 at Nov 14, 2005 7:24:16 AM