Ig Nobel Prize winner Sun Myung Moon dies

Sun Myung Moon [pictured here, wearing a tie], who was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in economics, in the year 2000, has died.

Reverend Moon won his Ig Nobel Prize for bringing efficiency and steady growth to the mass-marriage industry, with, according to his reports, a 36-couple wedding in 1960, a 430-couple wedding in 1968, an 1800-couple wedding in 1975, a 6000-couple wedding in 1982, a 30,000-couple wedding in 1992, a 360,000-couple wedding in 1995, and a 36,000,000-couple wedding in 1997.

The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports today about his passing:

Sun Myung Moon, self-proclaimed messiah who founded Unification Church, dies at age 92

GAPYEONG, South Korea — The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed messiah who turned his Unification Church into a worldwide religious movement and befriended North Korean leaders as well as U.S. presidents, has died, church officials said Monday. He was 92…. In 2009, Moon married 45,000 people in simultaneous ceremonies worldwide in his first large-scale mass wedding in years. Some were newlyweds and others reaffirmed past vows. He married an additional 7,000 couples in South Korea in February 2010. The ceremonies attracted media coverage but little of the controversy that dogged the church in earlier decades…

The Ig Nobel Prize was the highest honor accorded to Reverend Moon during his lifetime.

BONUS FACT: Reverend Moon was awarded his Ig Nobel Prize in the same year that Andre Geim — now Nobel laureate Sir Andre Geim — was (together with Sir Michael Berry) awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in physics, for using magnets to levitate a frog.)