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Ig® Nobel Limericks: World’s End, Sheep-Dragging, Robber Trap

Ig Nobel Achievements distilled into limerick formby Martin Eiger, Improbable Research Limerick Laureate The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think. For details of all the Ig Nobel Prize–winning achievements, see each year’s special Ig Nobel issue of the magazine, and also see the website. 2011 Ig Nobel Mathematics Prize The [...]

Ig® Nobel Limericks: Promotion, Ignition, Spaghetti

Ig Nobel Achievements distilled into limerick form by Martin Eiger, Improbable Research Limerick Laureate The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think. For details of all the Ig Nobel Prize–winning achievements, see each year’s special Ig Nobel issue of the magazine, and also see a list at the website. 2010 [...]

Ig® Nobel Limericks: Slime, Nation, Beer

Ig Nobel Achievements distilled into limerick form by Martin Eiger, Improbable Research Limerick Laureate The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think. For details of all the Ig Nobel Prize–winning achievements, see each year’s special Ig Nobel issue of the magazine, and also see the winners’ page. 2008 Ig Nobel [...]

2011 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

(YouTube link) The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The 21st annual Ig Nobel Prizes will be awarded on Thursday, September 29th. The tickets to the ceremony at Sanders Theater at Harvard University are sold out, but the presentations will be streamed live at YouTube. Also, [...]

2010 Ig Nobel Prizes Awarded

Our friends at the Annals of Improbable Research bestowed the 2010 Ig Nobel Prizes at a festive ceremony at Harvard University last night. The prizes are for achievements that make people laugh, and then make them think, which this year included research into whale snot, bat sex, and swearing. Honors were bestowed by previous Ig [...]

Ig Nobel Libretto: “Chicken versus Egg”

The 2010 Ig Nobel Prizes will be awarded this Thursday, September 30th, at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater. Tickets are sold out, but the ceremonies will be streamed live for your entertainment beginning at 7:30 Eastern time. Meanwhile, here is a mini-opera that was performed at the 2007 ceremonies. The theme for the awards that year was [...]

Ig Nobel Prizes 2009

The 19th annual Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded Thursday night at Sander’s Theater on the Harvard campus. The awards are given to “honor achievements that make people laugh, and then make them think.” A few of the winners: PEACE PRIZE: Stephan Bolliger, Steffen Ross, Lars Oesterhelweg, Michael Thali and Beat Kneubuehl of the University of Bern, [...]