Snore no more


In spite of our government’s enthusiasm for slashing research funding, Australian researchers have featured in two of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes:

A multi-national team of researchers won the Peace Prize for “Didgeridoo Playing as Alternative Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Randomized Controlled Trial.” *

The other Aus contribution is a paper entitled “Never Smile At a Crocodile: Betting on Gaming Machines is Intensified by Reptile-Induced Arousal”, which won the Economics Prize.

The other standout researcher (not Australian) is James Heathcote, for his medical research study “Why Do Old Men Have Big Ears?” which won the Anatomy Prize.

Prizes from last year that caught Gert’s attention were the 2016 Peace Prize winner “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit” and the 2016 Economics Prize winner, “The Brand Personality Of Rocks: A Critical Evaluation of a Brand Personality Scale”.

*to sign up for Gert’s online course in playing the didgeridoo, with free cardboard didgeridoo, enter your name and credit card details in the Comments box.


9 thoughts on “Snore no more

  1. As someone of a certain age who does indeed have elephantine appendages on the side of his head I can testify to the need for early (or maybe ear-ly?) research on this pressing topic, one which Roald Dahl alluded to in his magisterial work, ‘The BFG’. I’d be also grateful to know why certain facial orifices become more hirsute with age even while the follicles on the crown of the head reduce in frequency.

    We have a lot to thank Aussie researchers for, but there is more work to be done. Maybe a change in government?

    1. There is also the strange question of why younger men who are completely bald have truly horrific beards. These are serious questions and no government can afford to take them lightly, I believe it was public discontent with the lack of research into these and related questions that led, indirectly, to the Russian Revolution.
      If this blog falls silent you will know that the surveillance of the Aus govt has caught up with Gert.

  2. Now I’m wondering if the playing of the Didgeridoo requires so much pressure that it tightens the throat muscles hence the cure for snoring and sleep apnea?

    1. Playing the didgeridoo necessitates the technique of circular breathing which, as I understand it, requires the player to breathe in through the nose while continuously bresthing out through the mouth — don’t ask me how. But I can imagine how that might reduce the tendency to constrict air passages when sleeping.

      1. Just looking at the instrument tells me there has to be a lot of force from the air passages to make a sound. This of course, would tend to strength those muscles.

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