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Research Proving People Don’t RTFM, Resent ‘Over-Featured’ Products, Wins Ig Nobel Prize

An nameless reader writes:

Thursday the humor mag Annals of Improbable Research held their 28th annual ceremony spotting the true (however ordinary) clinical analysis papers “that make people laugh, then think.” And successful this 12 months’s coveted Literature prize used to be a paper titled “Life Is Too Short to RTFM: How Users Relate to Documentation and Excess Features in Consumer Products,” which concluded that most of the people in point of fact, actually do not learn the handbook, “and most do not use all the features of the products that they own and use regularly…”

“Over-featuring and being forced to consult manuals also appears to cause negative emotional experiences.”

Another staff measured “the frequency, motivation, and effects of shouting and cursing while driving an automobile,” which gained them the Ig Nobel Peace Prize. Other subjects of analysis incorporated self-colonoscopies, removing kidney stones with roller coasters, and (theoretical) cannibalism. “Acceptance speeches are limited to 60 seconds,” experiences Ars Technica, “strictly enforced by an eight-year-old girl nicknamed ‘Miss Sweetie-Poo,’ who will interrupt those that exceed the cut-off date by way of repeating, ‘Please forestall. I am bored.’ Until they forestall.”
You can watch the entire wacky rite on YouTube. The awards are offered by way of exact Nobel Prize laureates — and no less than one previous winner of an Ig Nobel Prize later went on to win an actual Nobel Prize.

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