Ig Nobel Prize Goes to Scientist Who Studied if Cats Were Liquid or Solid

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A physicist from France, Marc-Antoine Fardin, has won an Ig Nobel prize for his work on determining whether cats are liquid or solid using mathematical formulas.


The Ig Nobel prizes are a yearly event hosted by Improbable Research, a science and humor devoted organization. The prizes are awarded with a goal to highlight scientific “achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.”

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“At the center of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container,” Fardin said. “If we take cats as our example, the fact is that they can adapt their shape to their container if we give them enough time. Cats are thus liquid if we give them the time to become liquid.”