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

Fame is the thirst of youth. - Lord Byron

Character is perfectly educated will. - Novalis

Be polite to all, but intimate with few. - Thomas Jefferson

Character is much easier kept than recovered. - Thomas Paine

Assumptions are the termites of relationships. - Henry Winkler

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein

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

Character is, for the most part, simply habit become fixed. - C.H. Parkhurst

Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others. - Wayne Dyer

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

God grants us an uncommon life to the degree we surrender our common one. - Max Lucado

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. - John Wooden

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

The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching. - John Wooden

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

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

Peppering your relationship with a dash of mystery can make it far more palatable. - Khang K. Nguyen

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. - James Russel Lowell

Love and respect are the most important aspects of parenting, and of all relationships. - Jodie Foster

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either. - Jack Benny

I've come to realize that real growth of character takes place in the valleys of life. - Dave Dravecky

As a man in a relationship, you have a simple choice: You can be right or you can be happy. - Ralphie May

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

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

The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one. - Joan Baez

Great acting is being able to create a character. Great character is being able to be yourself. - John Leguizamo

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

Don't be accusing me of taking a bribe. You know what they call that, "definition of character." - Archie Bunker

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

Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin, but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building. - Oscar Wilde

Faithfulness is essential to the character of a friend: without this there can be no safety in intimacy with and confidence in him. - Samuel Hopkins

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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