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Ig Nobel Prizes
First Laugh, Then Think!

Episode 6: Sword swallowing and its side effects

What could be the side effects of swallowing a sword? That simple question led to the first full-size research among professional sword swallowers all over the world. Dan Meyer, President of the Sword Swallowers Association International and Brian Witcombe, radiologist, won the 2007 Medicine price.

Ig Nobel Prizes are the not-so-well-known alternative of the famous Nobel Prizes. Each year since 1989, ten scientists receive prizes for "research that makes people LAUGH and then THINK". Watch six scientists and their studies about the most important subjects of our daily life: having sex, food, money, death, and having sex again.


Mr. Bahram Sadeghi (1967, Iran) works since 1998 as a director and host for public TV stations in The Netherlands. In addition he is a freelance writer for various national newspapers and weeklies. Mr Sadeghi has no hobbies.

Camera & Sound: Bahram Sadeghi
Editor: Dikla Zeidler, Sander Cijsouw

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