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22nd Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:04 pm

Hello dear a.nutters,

In less than half and a... one and a half hour, the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will begin at the Sanders Theatre, Harvard University.

To those who don't know about it: It is a mock prize for researchers who have made questionable discoveries. And almost all of them are funny, like physicists testing if one could swim faster in syrup or in water. Or that hamsters recover from jetlag faster when they are given Viagra. Or the astounding result that people would fall less often on icy footpaths if they wore socks over their shoes.

It's from real research work, done by our earth's brightest minds. And the prizes are handed over by real Nobel prize winners.  

Who will be watching? I do.

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RE: 22nd Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:48 pm

And the winners are...

Psychology Prize: Anita Eerland and Rolf Zwaan (Netherlands) and Tulio Guadalupe (Peru/Russia/Netherlands) for their study Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller.

Peace Prize: The SKN Company (Russia) for converting old Russian ammunition into new diamonds.

Acoustics Prize: Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada (Japan) for creating the SpeechJammer - a machine that disrupts a person's speech by making them hear their own spoken words at a very slight delay.

Neuroscience Prize: Craig Bennett, Abigail Baird, Michael Miller, and George Wolford (US) for demonstrating that brain researchers, by using complicated instruments and simple statistics, can see meaningful brain activity anywhere - even in a dead salmon.

Chemistry Prize: Johan Pettersson (Sweden/Rwanada) for solving the puzzle of why, in certain houses in the town of Anderslöv, Sweden, people's hair turned green.

Literature Prize: The US Government General Accountability Office for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.

Physics Prize: Joseph Keller (US), Raymond Goldstein (US/UK), Patrick Warren and Robin Ball (UK) for calculating the balance of forces that shape and move the hair in a human ponytail. Prof Keller was additionally given an Ig for work he contributed to on non-drip teapots in 1999 but for which he had been wrongly overlooked at the time.

Fluid Dynamics Prize: Rouslan Krechetnikov (US/Russia/Canada) and Hans Mayer (US) for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks while carrying a cup of coffee.

Anatomy Prize: Frans de Waal (Netherlands/US) and Jennifer Pokorny (US) for discovering that chimpanzees can identify other chimpanzees individually from seeing photographs of their rear ends.

Medicine Prize: Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti (France) for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimise the chance that their patients will explode.
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RE: 22nd Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:53 pm

I always liked the physics prize from a few years back- the brilliant paper entitled "an analysis of the forces required to drag sheep over various surfaces".
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