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Re: Skin Surface Area and the Ig Nobels

rtravsky@uwyo.edu writes:

< I see where an Ig Nobel went to 
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99992879 >

The article was written by our very own Jeff Hecht.  

< Kannoth Sreekumar of Kerala Agricultural University in India earned the
Ig Nobel mathematics prize for his paper Estimation of the total surface
area in Indian Elephants. Sreekumar was able to derive equations to
estimate elephantine surface area from measurements of a couple of body
parts, vastly simplifying the problem. >
Possibly through using a tooth and one strand of hair?  :-)