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

A rich man has no need of character. - Hebrew Proverb

Polite conversation is rarely either. - Fran Lebowitz

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

Character is not what you are in the dark. - Unknown

Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. - Emily Dickinson

Character, not circumstances, makes the man. - Booker T. Washington

Life always takes on the character of its motive. - J.G. Holland

Appropriate rules cultivate a disciplined character. - Bill Welker

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

Never trust a husband too far, nor a bachelor too near. - Helen Rowland

Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone. - Cyrus A. Bartol

When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. - Winston Churchill

Do what you know and perception is converted into character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man's manner to a certain extent indicates his character. - Samuel Smiles

A person's character is but half formed till after wedlock. - Charles Simmons

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. - Wernher Von Braun

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

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

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

The woman who can create her own job is the one who will win fame and fortune. - Amelia Earhart

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

The world may take your reputation from you, but it cannot take your character. - Emma Dunham Kelley

Want to improve your relationships? See love as a verb rather than as a feeling. - Stephen R. Covey

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A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's. - Jean Paul Richter

Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be, Your character is what you really are. - John Wooden

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. - Malcolm S Forbes

My career must be slipping. This is the first time I've been available to pick up an award. - Michael Caine

The real test of your character is your treatment of those who can be of no possible service to you. - Unknown

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

A dinosaur out of context is like a character without a story. Worse than that, the character suffers from amnesia. - Jack Horner

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. - Abraham Lincoln

Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do. - William Henry Channing

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

A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make. - Unknown

Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own. - Charles De Gaulle

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. - Unknown


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