The Ig Nobel Awards

Awards for people whose achievements cannot or should not be reproduced


[The Ig Nobel awards, a spoof of the Nobel Awards, have been presented in the U.S. The annual awards, for people whose achievements “cannot or should not be reproduced”, were presented at a spoof ceremony at Harvard University. They are handed out by the science/humour magazine, Annals of Improbable Research, to real academics and others whose work might strike people’s funny bones. Among the winners were…]

• A University College London team who showed the brains of London taxi drivers were different from average people, because they become enlarged in the zone associated with navigation;

• A Japanese researcher was honoured for chemistry for his study of a bronze statue that failed to attract pigeons;

• Kees Moeliker, of Natuurmuseum Rotterdam in the Netherlands, won the biology prize for being the first scientist to record homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck;

• The engineering award went to the late John Paul Stapp, the late Edward A Murphy Jr and George Nichols, for jointly giving birth in 1949 to Murphy’s Law - the basic principle that “if there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, someone will do it”;

• An Australian team won the physics award for their irresistible report “An Analysis of the Forces Required to Drag Sheep over Various Surfaces”, published in Applied Ergonomics.

This year’s Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Indian Lal Bihari for leading an active life even though he had been declared legally dead. The organizers said he’d waged “a lively posthumous campaign” against bureaucracy and greedy relatives. He was also the man behind the Association of Dead People.



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Fame is the thirst of youth. - Lord Byron

Death ends a life, not a relationship. - Jack Lemmon

Reputation is for time; character is for eternity. - J.B. Gough

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight. - Leo Rosten

Habits form character, and character forms destiny. - James Allen

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein

The essential thing is not knowledge, but character. - Joseph Le Conte

Awards are like piles. Sooner or later, every bum gets one. - Maureen Lipman

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character. - Oscar Levant

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

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It is of little traits that the greatest human character is composed. - William Winter

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Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. - Aristotle

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While your circumstances are beyond your control, your character is not. - John C Maxwell

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Character builds slowly but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness. - Faith Baldwin

If we knew what it was we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research. - Albert Einstein

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Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought. - Lin Yutang

Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. - Joseph Campbell

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What we value shapes our character and will ultimately define how we lead, or whether we can lead at all. - Unknown

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When health is lost, something is lost. When character is lost, all is lost. - Rev. Billy Graham

Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self-respect springs. - Joan Didion

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right path, the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank

No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before. - Stephen Hawking

If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny. - Andre Maurois


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