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  Ig Nobel Prize - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The first Ig Nobels were awarded in 1991, when they were described as discoveries "that cannot, or should not, be reproduced." The name is a pun on the word "ignoble" and the name Nobel Prize.
The ceremony is followed a few days later by the Ig Informal Lectures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in which laureates have the opportunity to explain their achievements and their relevance to the general public.
Unlike the Darwin Awards, whose aim is strictly to entertain, the aim of the Ig Nobel is also to arouse public interest in science.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ig_Nobel_Prize   (491 words)

 Ig Nobel Prize Winners [rec.humor.funny]
Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded to individuals whose achievements cannot or should not be reproduced.
The first Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded by The Journal of Irreproducible Results in 1968; the winners' names have been misplaced.
The 1991 Ig Nobel Laureates: Chemistry: Jacques Benveniste, prolific proselytizer and dedicated correspondent of Nature, for his persistent discovery that water, H2O, is an intelligent liquid, and for demonstrating to his satisfaction that water is able to remember events long after all trace of those events has vanished.
www.netfunny.com /rhf/jokes/92q4/ignoble.html   (654 words)

 Guardian | Ig Nobel awards pay tribute to world's oddballs
In front of a paper-airplane-throwing audience of 1,200 people at Harvard University, Ig Nobel prizes were given to sociologists who unravelled a link between country music and suicide, physicists who have earnestly explored and explained the dynamics of hula-hooping, and an ingenious bald man who patented the infamous "Bobby Charlton" combover hairstyle.
Real Nobel prizewinners turn up to hand out the prizes, to be challenged to explain their work in 30 seconds, and to be booed off stage.
The Ig Nobel prizewinners turn up at their own expense to be given worldwide recognition for their extraordinary observations and what the organisers describe as "prizes made of extremely cheap materials and a medallion that's pretty awkward to wear".
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,5029104-103690,00.html   (732 words)

 Ig Nobel Prizes are Laughable
Unlike the Nobels, with all their ostentatious gold, cash, and pomp, the Ig Nobels won stuff like Pepto-Bismol, toenail clippers, a cheap coffee mug, and some other junk.
The Ig Nobel in Biology went to a pungent report, "The Effect of Ale, Garlic, and Soured Cream on the Appetite of Leeches," by Anders Baerheim and Hogne Sandvik of the University of Bergen, Norway.
The Ig Nobel in Physics was won by Robert Matthews of Ashton University, England, for demonstrating a consequence of Murphy's Law -- the fact that dropped toast always lands on the buttered side.
www.news.harvard.edu /gazette/1996/10.10/IgNobelPrizesar.html   (1140 words)

 Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Health / Science / These prizes reward improbable research
These are past recipients of the Ig Nobel Prizes, awards celebrating "achievements that cannot or should not be reproduced" that have grown in the last decade from a modest stunt to an elaborate spectacle broadcast on National Public Radio and websites worldwide.
Unlike other spoof awards, the Ig Nobels receive a large number of self-nominations, and go to great lengths to confirm that their recipients are willing.
The Ig Nobels archives are dotted with the dishonest (from Michael Milken to Enron), the obscene (from MRIs of copulating couples to a survey of nose-picking), and the severely misled (from Dan Quayle to Deepak Chopra).
www.boston.com /news/globe/health_science/articles/2003/09/30/these_prizes_reward_improbable_research   (614 words)

 Ig Nobel Prize Update
Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded each year (more or less) to honor irreproducible achievements in science and other areas of human endeavor.
In 1954 he received the Nobel prize for chemistry for his work on the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the structure of complex substances.
Nobel laureates (as opposed to Ig Nobel laureates, who are prohibited from filing nominations) have been very active in identifying and nominating potential Ig winners.
www.mit.edu /activities/voodoo/is743/ignoble.html   (996 words)

 RoboCop, Pseudotherapy, and Penile Length: The 1998 Ig Nobel Prizes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The first thing noted by anyone entering the 1998 edition of the Ig Nobel Prizes was James "The Amazing" Randi's flaming white beard, glowing seemingly brightly enough to light the room, beaming out from a phalanx of seated dignitaries, almost all dressed in lab coats and numbering four (real) Nobel laureates among them.
AIR awards the Ig Nobel Prizes to individuals whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced" in a ceremony held each year, though Marc later verbally added a more accurate explanation: the awards reward the unusual in science that make you think.
That, in a nutshell, is an Ig Nobel ceremony.
www.netsurf.com /nsd/misc/ignobel.html   (2198 words)

 ScienCentral: Beer Foam Physics
Ig Nobel Prizes for results that “cannot or should not be reproduced.” Some winners actually have lobbied to be awarded an Ig, but that doesn’t mean it’s all a big joke.
This year’s Ig Nobel Prize for Physics went to Arnd Leike of the University of Munich (home to the annual Oktoberfest and a great deal of beer foam) for his paper, Demonstration of the exponential decay law using beer froth.
Nobel Laureate Dudley Herschbach is a regular presenter at the Ig Nobels and the Frank B. Baird Jr.
www.sciencentral.com /articles/view.php3?language=english&type=&article_id=218391814   (569 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Science/Health -- Only comedians may appreciate the Ig Nobels
And Ig Nobel laureates, singled out for their magnificently dubious contributions to science, have been heard to express the sentiment that they would rather be dead than be so honored.
Genuine Nobel laureates will be on hand to present the awards, and several of the soon-to-be Ig Nobelists have promised to be there to accept, the remainder apparently being either in hiding or prison.
The Ig Nobel Board of Governors, whoever they are, try very, very hard not to accidentally or otherwise damage the careers or prospects of any winner.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/science/20020925-9999_1c25singular.html   (592 words)

 Improbable Research -- What's New: Ig Nobel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A view to an Ig Accounts of this year's Ig Nobel ceremony can be discerned here and there, respectively, in the glimmering vastness of groans and bleatings in the world's press and blogs.
Winner of the 2003 Ig Nobel Biology Prize, for documenting the first scientifically recorded case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck.
Leeson, of course, won his Ig for "using the calculus of derivatives to demonstrate that every financial institution has its limits." In his case, the Institution was the now-defunct Barings Bank.
improbable.typepad.com /improbable_research_whats/ig_nobel   (9363 words)

 Harvard Gazette: Ig Nobel Prizes will skewer silly science at Sanders
The Annual Ig Nobel Prizes, awarding achievements that 'cannot or should not be reproduced,' take place this year on Oct. 2 at Sanders Theatre.
The Ig Nobels give the scientific community its annual belly laugh by turning the spotlight on itself.
Each year, the Ig Nobels honor 10 winners, some of whom travel to Harvard to take their lumps - er, receive their prizes - in person.
www.news.harvard.edu /gazette/2003/09.25/11-ignobel.html   (546 words)

 Wired News: Penguin Poo Paper Earns Ig Nobel
The photos have also earned NakaMats the 2005 Ig Nobel Prize in nutrition, which the inventor accepted in a ceremony combining the surreal and slapstick at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University.
There were 10 prizes this year: The Ig Nobel Prize in medicine went to Gregg Miller, inventor of Neuticles, artificial testicle replacements for neutered dogs and other animals, which come in different sizes and levels of firmness.
But there was one twist for the Ig Nobel record books: Harvard physics professor Roy Glauber, after spending a decade attending Ig Nobel ceremonies and sweeping paper airplanes off the Sanders stage, was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in physics earlier this week.
wired-vig.wired.com /news/culture/0,1284,69135,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_10   (862 words)

 Date: Mon Oct 18 1993 15:02:00 To: All Subj: Ig Nobel - A CELEBRATING THE IG NOBELEST OF T
Nobel laureates may be more important, he said, "but we still have our place." Nobel winner Lipscomb said, "Science should be fun." and Marc Abrahams, the editor of the Journal of Irreproducible Results and Ig master of ceremonies, summed up the evening: "It went very quickly.
These were the Ig Nobel prize givings, originating from Alfred Nobel's fictitious brother Ig, and awarded annually by the Journal of Irreproducible Results, a sort of scientific equivalent of Private Eye, which gives awards "for achievements which cannot - and should not - be reproduced".
An editor of this journal was persuaded to come to the Ig Nobel ceremony and admit that each of these authors was responsible, statistically, for exactly two words.
www.skepticfiles.org /skep2/ignobel.htm   (1221 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - The Ig Nobel Prizes
For the uninformed, the Ig Nobel prizes came about ten years ago, the brainchild of the Massachusetts Cambridge-based HotAir, which is famous, among other things, for its magazine on science humour, the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR).
Whereas the Nobel Prizes are a celebration of outreaching achievements that have benefited people, or will benefit people in the near future, the Ig Nobel prizes (which only began a mere ten years ago) are for “achievements that cannot or should not be reproduced”.
The Ig Nobel Board of Governors’s dictum is: “First, do no harm.” It is therefore their duty to confer with the scientists who have been considered for an Ig Nobel Prize to determine if winning would cause them any professional difficulties.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/ww2/A958502   (1824 words)

 Alternative Awards : Ig Nobel Prize   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Rather less glorious then is to be the not-so-proud recipient of an ‘Ig Nobel’ Prize, but for the 14th year running, these spoof awards have been held in a gala ceremony attended by 1,200 people at the prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts.
The Ig Nobel prize winners attend at their own expense to be given worldwide recognition for their extraordinary observations and receive what the organisers told the Guardian were, “prizes made of extremely cheap materials and a medallion that’s pretty awkward to wear.”
The winner of the 2004 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was Daisuke Inoue of Hyogo, Japan who received his prize in person for inventing karaoke which apparently provided an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other.
www.ideas21.co.uk /433   (505 words)

 Ig Nobel awards celebrate science's improbable research
The Ig Nobel for physics went to seven Australians who wrote a serious scientific paper proving that it is easier to drag a sheep downhill on a floor than on a level slope.
An Ig Nobel prize for medicine went to a team of British scientists for their discovery that London cabbies have bigger brains than the rest of us and a Japanese team won the chemistry award for studying the chemistry of a bronze statue in the city of Kanazawa that unexpectedly fails to attract pigeons.
The Ig Nobel prize for economics went to Lichtenstein's Karl Schwarzler, chief executive of Xnet, which proposes to rent all the hotels, restaurants, meeting places and sports facilities in all 62 square miles of the country for conventions, weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/10/06/MN203147.DTL   (649 words)

 Penguin Poop, Smelly Frogs Among 2005 Ig Nobel Winners
Summary This year's Ig Nobel prizes honor seemingly inane research projects—from the explosive power of penguin bowels to runaway alarm clocks.
Coat tails, Nobel laureates, and ceremonial speeches marked the 15th annual Ig Nobel science awards ceremony held last night at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Ig Nobels ceremony pays homage to seemingly inane research projects, like testing the smells of 131 different types of frogs and investigating whether humans swim faster in water or syrup.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2005/10/1007_051007_ignobels.html   (476 words)

 HPH NOW, September 20, 2002, Tongue-in-Cheek Ig Medical Lectures to Take Place at HSPH on October 4
Called the Ig Nobel Prizes, this year’s awards will be bestowed in a raucous general prize ceremony on October 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The Ig Nobel Prizes are a good-natured take-off on science and the Nobel Prizes.
Now in their twelfth year, the Igs (as they are familiarly known) honor achievements that "cannot or should not be reproduced." Each year ten new winners are invited to travel to Harvard University–at their own expense–for the ceremony.
www.hsph.harvard.edu /now/sep20/ig_lectures.html   (253 words)

 CBS News | Ig Nobels: Prizes With Humor | November 2, 2003 19:37:45
Awards were given to uncommon studies such as the Ig Noble prize in physics, which went to an analysis of forces required to drag sheep across various surfaces.
The Ig Nobels were created by Marc Abrams, who says a big problem is getting the audience to believe the research studies cited are real.
This year, 10 winners were chosen from 5,000 entries to be presented their Ig Nobels by Nobel prize winners.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2003/10/30/sunday/main581062.shtml   (608 words)

 New Scientist Breaking News - Invisible gorilla steals Ig Nobel prize
The Ig Nobel prize in Public Health went to Jillian Clarke, now a student at Howard University in Washington, for testing the validity of the idea that dropped food is safe to eat if it has spent no more than five seconds on the floor.
Another means of communication, used by herring, earned the Ig Nobel prize in Biology for Magnus Whalberg of the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and his colleagues.
The Ig Nobel committee less elegantly cited them for showing the fish may communicate "by farting".
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn6468   (681 words)

 Ig Nobel Prize - Popular Science Net
Jacques Benveniste (Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize, 1991 and 1998) and his discoveries that water molecules remember things and that the memories can be transmitted over telephone lines.
Louis Kervran (Ig Nobel Physics Prize, 1993) and his discovery that the calcium in chickens' eggshells is created by a process of cold fusion.
The 2005 IG Nobel Prizes were awarded in a ceremony at Harvard University.
www.dickran.net /nobel/ignobel.html   (632 words)

 The Japan Times Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Inoue, a 64-year-old Osaka native and one of this year's 10 Ig Nobel Prize winners, was warmly greeted by an audience of 1,200 at Harvard's historic Sanders Theatre near Boston.
Each winner received a handmade Ig Nobel Prize, a medallion made of tinfoil and a certificate from genuine Nobel chemistry laureates William Lipscomb (1976) and Dudley Herschbach (1986), and Richard Roberts (physiology or medicine of 1993).
Ig Nobel is a pun on "ignoble," according to Abrahams, who has organized the Ig Nobel Prize ceremonies every year since 1991 ahead of the genuine Nobel Prize announcements.
www.japantimes.co.jp /cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20041002a3.htm   (466 words)

This sense of wonder and glorious silliness was on display at the 17th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize awards, held October 2 at Harvard's Sanders Theater, and co-sponsored by the Annals of Improbable Research, the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association, the Harvard Computer Society and the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students.
The height of the show, however, is the presentation of the actual Ig Nobel prizes.
To win such a prize, you usually have to have had a scholarly paper published in peer-reviewed journal, although exceptions are made, especially for the Ig Nobel Peace prize and often for the prize in economics.
www.nystringer.com /html/ig.htm   (495 words)

 Ig Nobel Prize Tour of the UK and Ireland 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Marc Abrahams (organizer of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research).
Soprano Judith McQuillan and pianist Heather McMordie performed the Ig Nobel nano-opera "Atom and Eve." Behind them (to the right in photo) the words were projected on a large screen.
After the show, Ig winner Kees Moeliker and his stuffed mallard duck were popular figures in pubs throughout Dublin.
www.cybercom.net /~marca/ig/2004/ig-tour-UK/2004-tour-dublin.html   (624 words)

 USATODAY.com - 'Combover' engineers given Ig Nobel awards   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
For their contribution, the father and son who patented this baldness-beater 26 years ago were awarded an Ig Nobel prize in engineering this week.
The 14th annual Ig Nobel awards, handed out by Nobel Prize winners, recognize scientific research that "makes you laugh, then makes you think," said Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, which gives out the award.
The Ig Nobel in public health went to Jillian Clarke her for investigation into the "five-second rule," which says that food dropped on the floor is safe to eat as long as it's picked up within five seconds.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/2004-10-01-ignobels_x.htm?POE=TECISVA   (650 words)

 The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Ig Nobel Awards Take Sanders
Some of the world’s top scientific minds—and all of their attendant eccentricities—piled into Memorial Hall for the “14th first annual” Ig Nobel ceremony, which celebrates scientific projects that “cannot or should not be reproduced,” said master of ceremonies Marc Abrahams, who edits the Cambridge-based Annals of Improbable Research.
The Ig Nobel award for psychology went to Daniel Simons, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Harvard’s own Christopher Chabris.
Simons, who has followed the Ig Nobels for several years, says the dubious honor came as a pleasant surprise for research he completed six years ago.
www.thecrimson.com /article.aspx?ref=503589   (732 words)

 Ig Nobel Winner Confirms Five-Second Rule   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ten Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded in the subjects of Medicine, Physics, Public Health, Chemistry, Engineering, Literature, Psychology, Economics, Peace, and Biology.
The Chemistry Ig Nobel was given to the Coca-Cola Company of Great Britain for “using advanced technology to convert liquid from the River Thames into Dasani, a transparent form of water, which for precautionary reasons has been made unavailable to consumers,” according to an Ig Nobel press release.
Recipients of the Psychology Ig Nobel Prize were Daniel Simons of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Christopher Chabris of Harvard University.
www-tech.mit.edu /V124/N41/41_ignobels.41n.html   (752 words)

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