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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Character is destiny. - Greek Proverb

I was playing a character. - Paris Hilton

Happiness is not the end of life; character is. - Henry Ward Beecher

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. - Anthony J. D'Angelo

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

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

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein

Character is not given to us; we build it ourselves. - Mabel Hale

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. - Oscar Wilde

If you don't have enemies, you don't have character. - Paul Newman

Most women are afraid of clowns, but somehow end up still dating one. - Unknown

Before you tell anyone to 'be yourself', reassess his character. - Unknown

Fame was like a drug. But what was even more like a drug were the drugs. - Homer Simpson

I was always a character actor: I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood. - Paul Newman

Sometimes the best communication happens when you're on separate bikes. - Unknown

Nothing arouses ambition so much as the trumpet clang of another's fame. - Baltasar Gracian

Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research. - Carl Jung

Research is the historical novelist's map, constraint, and purest energy. - Donald McCaig

I wanted a man who wouldn't stray so I'm dating a guy on house arrest. - Kim Bove

Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything. - Walt Whitman

Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. - Mark Twain

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans. - Ronald Reagan

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. - Elbert Hubbard

I am on your Walk of Fame in Toronto. My sense of humour is Canadian. But I can't vote. - Donald Sutherland

A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. - James Allen

Somehow a bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever. - Helen Rowland

Character is that which reveals moral purposes, exposing the class of things man chooses or avoids. - Aristotle

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. - Thomas B Macaulay

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. - Zig Ziglar

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. - Albert Einstein

A man of character does not expect to be liked by everyone, nor does he worry about being liked by anyone. - Unknown

Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we have made through life. - John C. Geikie

Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem. - Bill Vaughan

Remember that your best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. - Unknown

Relationships are about give and take; not tit-for-tat. If you're keeping score, you'll lose at your own game. - Faydra D. Fields

The greatest mistake we humans make in our relationships: we listen half, understand quarter, think zero, and react double. - Unknown

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

From a shy, timid girl I had become a woman of resolute character, who could no longer be frightened by the struggle with troubles. - Anna Dostoevsky

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

Never design your character like a garden where anyone can walk. Design your character like the sky where everyone's desire is to reach. - Unknown


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