Investigator Steve Golgan alerts us to the existence of a theme song, created in the 1960s, that seems a prescient tribute to the winners of the 2008 Ig Nobel Prize for chemistry. That prize was awarded to
Sharee A. Umpierre of the University of Puerto Rico, Joseph A. Hill of The Fertility Centers of New England (USA),Deborah J. Anderson of Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School (USA), for discovering that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicide, and to Chuang-Ye Hong of Taipei Medical University (Taiwan), C.C. Shieh, P. Wu, and B.N. Chiang (all of Taiwan) for discovering that it is not. [See below for citations of their published studies.]
The song, by The Fugs, is called “Coca-Cola Douche”:
The studies that earned that 2008 Ig Nobel Prize are:REFERENCE: “Effect of ‘Coke’ on Sperm Motility,” Sharee A. Umpierre, Joseph A. Hill, and Deborah J. Anderson, New England Journal of Medicine, 1985, vol. 313, no. 21, p. 1351.
“The Spermicidal Potency of Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola,” C.Y. Hong, C.C. Shieh, P. Wu, and B.N. Chiang, Human Toxicology, vol. 6, no. 5, September 1987, pp. 395-6. [NOTE: The journal later changed its name. It’s now called Human & Experimental Toxicology]