New Delhi: A man who lived in the Alps as a goat for three days was given Ig Nobel prize for scientific research.
Thomas Thwaites, a British man, developed prosthetic limbs that allowed him to graze with the goats on a farm in the Alps.
The ‘goat man’ shared his award with another British author, Charles Foster, who also spent time living as a variety of animals.
According to Thwaites, his effort was initially to escape stress, but then it became a passion.
He said: “I got tired of all the worry and the pain of being a human and so I decided I would take a holiday from it all and become a goat.”
He published his research work in a book titled GoatMan: How I Took A Holiday From Being Human.
Thwaites was awarded the spoof award at the Nobel awards ceremony at Harvard University.
“I suffered quite a lot as a goat – because of the slope I was constantly falling over, and of course I had to eat grass,” Thwaites told the Daily Mail.
The Ig Nobel Prizes are parodies of the Nobel Prizes given out each autumn for 10 unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research.
They have been awarded since 1991, with the stated aim to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think”.
(With inputs from Wikipedia)