Behold the DIY colonoscopy tube
SEE ALSO :Bathroom storage ideasThe researcher said he had never found his method embarrassing. "I knew the importance of colonoscopy and that the number of colon cancer patients was increasing," Horiuchi told AFP. The latest research shows that cancer of the colon is the most prevalent form of the disease among Japan's 870,000 cancer sufferers, according to the National Cancer Center. "Not many people took the test... so I wanted to create an examination that would be accepted by everyone," said Horiuchi. Another exhibit was the dog-language interpreter "Bowlingual", which classifies barks into six emotional categories -- frustration, menace, joy, sorrow, desire, and self-expression.
SEE ALSO :Five things to be thankful for in a homeThe babypod is a speaker inserted into the vagina that creates a "concert" for unborn children, after research showed this was more effective than playing music on the belly. Japanese researchers have won Ig Nobel prizes for 12 years in a row. The winners include a team who developed Bowlingual and researchers who discovered female insects endowed with a penis. Prize founder Marc Abrahams told reporters in Tokyo Friday that Japan had so many winners because there were "many eccentric people" in the country. "In most of the world, when people behave in very eccentric ways, that's considered to be a very bad thing." "In Japan and also in the UK, it's different," Abrahams said. "You don't kill your eccentrics. You love them," he said, adding that is why Japan and the UK have long been "inventing so many clever, crazy, wonderful things." Horiuchi agrees. "I thought I was an eccentric. But I now know there are many people like me in Japan.