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alisoncc
1st Oct 2011, 01:49
The full list of Ig Nobel winners:

Physiology Prize: Anna Wilkinson, from the University of Lincoln, and colleagues for their study in the journal Current Zoology titled "No Evidence of Contagious Yawning in the Red-Footed Tortoise".

Chemistry Prize: A team led from Shiga University, Japan, that determined the ideal density of airborne wasabi to awaken sleeping people in case of a fire or other emergency, and for applying this knowledge to invent the wasabi alarm. Patent pending.

Medicine Prize: Shared by two teams whose independent research jointly established that people make better decisions about some kinds of things, but worse decisions about other kinds of things‚ when they have a strong urge to urinate.

Psychology Prize: Karl Halvor Teigen of the University of Oslo, Norway, for trying to understand why, in everyday life, people sigh.

Literature Prize: John Perry of Stanford University, US, for his Theory of Structured Procrastination, which says: To be a high achiever, always work on something important, using it as a way to avoid doing something that's even more important.

Biology Prize: Darryl Gwynne and David Rentz for discovering that a certain kind of beetle mates with a certain kind of Australian beer bottle. The pair have published two papers on the topic.

Physics Prize: Philippe Perrin and colleagues for determining why discus throwers become dizzy, and why hammer throwers don't.

Peace Prize: Arturas Zuokas, the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, for demonstrating that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by running them over with an armoured tank.

Public Safety Prize: John Senders of the University of Toronto, Canada, for conducting a series of safety experiments in which a person drives an automobile on a major highway while a visor repeatedly flaps down over his face, blinding him.


Mathematics Prize: Shared by a group of doom-mongers for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations -

Dorothy Martin of the US who predicted the world would end in 1954
Pat Robertson of the US who predicted the world would end in 1982
Elizabeth Clare Prophet of the US who predicted the world would end in 1990
Lee Jang Rim of Korea who predicted the world would end in 1992
Credonia Mwerinde of Uganda who predicted the world would end in 1999
Harold Camping of the US who predicted the world would end in 1994 and then later in 2011

Slasher
1st Oct 2011, 04:44
Genital Prize: Ben Dover and Phillip McCrack for proving the purpose of the penile knob is to stop one's hand from flying off.

Political Prize: Oz PM Julia Gillard for proving that Socialism and Global Wealth Redistribution works well so long as other people's borrowed money doesn't run out.

Tankertrashnav
1st Oct 2011, 10:24
Was a genuine Ig Nobel prize winner in the audience of the QI programme shown last night.

This guy did his study on the phenomenon that whereas in general the left testicle hangs lower, in Greek and Roman sculpture of nude males it's usually the right ball that's hanging low. The guy said that although usually the left one hangs low, the right one is heavier, which is maybe where the ancients got confused.

This prompted much rummaging by Phil Jupitus down his trousers to check the situation and a remark by Sean Locke that one of his was heavier than the other two!

Well-deserved award, I reckon.

Takan Inchovit
1st Oct 2011, 10:50
If someone can do a penile knob enlargement study in conjunction with a black eye inhibiting factor, they will earn my vote. :ouch:

Cacophonix
1st Oct 2011, 11:05
Let's be frank (or Jim or Mike or whatever), the Igs are so much more fun than the Nobel prizes. I am sure it would be far more fun having a beer with some of the folk noted on AlisonCC's list than some of the Nobel laureates.

Personally I am apt to suspect that a number of the doom mongering mathematicians noted on the Ig list have taken to posting here on JB... given the plethora of apocalyptic and downright doom laden threads we seem to have garnered here.

Mathematics Prize: Shared by a group of doom-mongers for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations -
Dorothy Martin of the US who predicted the world would end in 1954
Pat Robertson of the US who predicted the world would end in 1982
Elizabeth Clare Prophet of the US who predicted the world would end in 1990
Lee Jang Rim of Korea who predicted the world would end in 1992
Credonia Mwerinde of Uganda who predicted the world would end in 1999
Harold Camping of the US who predicted the world would end in 1994 and then later in 2011

Own up, Dorothy, Pat et al. ;)

Caco

stuckgear
1st Oct 2011, 11:19
Origami Prize - Jane DoH! for tin foil hat folding :E

RegDep
1st Oct 2011, 12:08
Lifetime career award for off-colour art collection - Slasher

ArthurR
1st Oct 2011, 16:16
Next years phsyics prize was won by the team from Cern, who discovered neutrinos, they picked up the prize last year.

NZScion
1st Oct 2011, 22:53
I predict the world will end... sometime...

G-CPTN
1st Oct 2011, 23:00
and everyone will die (at some stage) . . .

Slasher
2nd Oct 2011, 02:39
...a certain kind of beetle mates with a certain kind of Australian beer bottle

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSQh2ig7DHhfUJdNk3PvvPLv8OJBO9TFrsK2FMMYg8 cK2koECEmXw

....SLUT!

OBie101
2nd Oct 2011, 06:41
The Welsh Red-head currently in charge of destroying the Oz way of life:
[dis]Honourable mention #1 - accelerating the surplus into a debt, ffksk!
[dis]Honourable mention #2 - presiding over a Parliament which will allow [military] pensioners' pension value to decline whilst accepting an obscene pay rise for themselves! Scrotes!!

racedo
2nd Oct 2011, 14:54
US Govts - Proving chaos theory by intervening in society in countries using weapons has a negative impact on that society for years afterwards.

racedo
2nd Oct 2011, 14:55
The Welsh Red-head currently in charge of destroying the Oz way of life

UK got lucky in avoiding another Welsh red head.

vulcanised
3rd Oct 2011, 20:51
New contenders have emerged in Essex.

On Saturday night, thieves attempted to steal from a large container storing fireworks...........probably with an oxyacetylene torch!

The resultant fire caused a lot of diversions around Southend airport, about a mile away.

hellsbrink
3rd Oct 2011, 21:14
And over here.


On Saturday night, in St-Jans-Molenbeek in Brussels, a person who stole from cars, carrying screwdrivers and a stolen car radio, broke into a car, climbed into the boot and fell asleep.

After his arrest, Police said that alcohol was definitely involved.......

Worrals in the wilds
4th Oct 2011, 11:17
Idiocy is transnational. Maybe they would have been better off catching a bus.

IT is a case of 'smile, you're on cabbie camera' for two of Queensland's dumbest bandits.

After using a Taser to rob a Surfers Paradise real estate agency at the weekend, the duo made their escape in a taxi.
There was a problem with their choice of getaway vehicle, however - it was fitted with the standard surveillance cameras which captured their undisguised images up close and personal.
And the men made doubly sure they were filmed by catching two cabs after the robbery which happened about 2pm on Saturday.
"There was a certain degree of planning but it was certainly a bit ad hoc the way they left the scene,'' Acting Detective Inspector Chris Toohey, of Surfers Paradise CIB, said.
"The (surveillance camera) shots are good-quality shots and we're expecting a good result.''
Surfers Paradise real estate agency thieves caught on cab's cameras | News.com.au (http://www.news.com.au/national/surfers-paradise-real-estate-agency-thieves-caught-on-cabs-cameras/story-e6frfkvr-1226148041737)

IIRC there was an Ignobel winner who did a PhD paper on the chemical composition of snot, and another one who won an IgNobel Animal Welfare nomination for a paper that examined whether encouraging drivers to run over cane toads (a feral pest) actually decreased their population. From memory, it didn't. :\

ORAC
15th Sep 2017, 07:56
Solid and liquid cats, didgeridoos and cheese disgust scoop Ig Nobel awards (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/15/solid-and-liquid-cats-didgeridoos-and-cheese-disgust-scoop-ig-nobel-awards)

In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods. Now a scientific paper arguing that the feline species may indeed transcend some of the usual physical boundaries has been recognised with one of science’s most sought-after accolades: an Ig Nobel prize. The theoretical treatise, entitled On the Rheology of Cats, argues that cats can technically be regarded as simultaneously solid and liquid due to their uncanny ability to adopt the shape of their container.

The annual awards ceremony for research that “first makes you laugh, then makes you think” took place at Harvard University on Thursday evening, with three bona fide Nobel laureates, including the British-born economist Oliver Hart, on hand to distribute prizes. The 10 awards included the peace prize, given to a Swiss team for their discovery that taking up the didgeridoo reduces snoring and the economics prize, which went to an investigation into how contact with a live crocodile affects a person’s willingness to gamble. James Heathcote, a GP from Kent, received the anatomy prize for solving the long-standing mystery of why old men have such big ears (they don’t keep growing, gravity stretches them).........

llondel
15th Sep 2017, 18:23
IIRC there was an Ignobel winner who did a PhD paper on the chemical composition of snot, and another one who won an IgNobel Animal Welfare nomination for a paper that examined whether encouraging drivers to run over cane toads (a feral pest) actually decreased their population. From memory, it didn't. :\

Decreased the population of cane toads or drivers?

Assuming that running over a cane toad actually kills it (although I have doubts), it ought to briefly reduce the population by one.

Super VC-10
15th Sep 2017, 21:21
Mathematics prize - dishonourable mention to Diane Abbott.