A bevy of Ig Nobel Prize winners — scientists who have done things that make people LAUGH, then THINK — will strut their stuff in the 2014 Ig Nobel tour of Europe. It happens March 14—April 2. Here’s a quick list of events:
- Fri, March 14 …. LONDON, Imperial College.
- Mon, March 17 …. COVENTRY, University of Warwick
- Tue, March 18 …. LONDON. Conway Hall.
- Thu, March 20 …. LEEDS, University of Leeds
- Mon, March 24 …. AARHUS. University of Aarhus
- Tue, March 25 …. AARHUS. University of Aarhus
- Wed, March 26 …. COPENHAGEN, Copenhagen University
- Thu, March 27 …. STOCKHOLM, Karolinska Institute
- Thu, March 27 …. STOCKHOLM, ABF House
- Wed, April 2 …. PORTSMOUTH, University of Portsmouth
- Marc Abrahams (editor of the magazine Annals of Improbable Research, father of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony) [Marc will be master of ceremonies at all the tour events.]
- Brian Crandall (Ig Nobel Prize winner —the experimental swallowing and excreting of a parboiled shrew)
- Masanori Niimi (Ig Nobel Prize winner —the effect of listening to opera, on heart transplant patients who are mice)
- Kees Moeliker (Ig Nobel Prize winner —homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck, and who will now tell the strange recent history of pubic lice)
- Robin Ball (Ig Nobel Prize winner — the physics of ponytails)
- Ilja van Beest (Ig Nobel Prize winner — roller coaster rides as a treatment for asthma)
- Richard Stephens (Ig Nobel Prize winner — swearing as a response to pain)
- The QI Elves (the researchers who dig up info for the British TV program ‘QI’)
- Mason Porter (mathematician — bipolar patients as harmonic oscillators)
- David Schultz (weather researcher — does it rain more often on weekends?)
- Alex Ford (biologist —the happiness of clams who take Prozac)
NEW DUCK OPERA: The show at Imperial College London will include the world premiere of “The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera” by Daniel Gillingwater, with a cameo appearance by Kees Moeliker, the Ig Nobel Prize-winning discoverer of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck.
DRAMATIC IMPROBABLE READINGS: Several of the shows will also feature celebrated persons each doing two-minute-long dramatic readings from genuine — and bizarre — published scientific studies. The readings will be part of the shows at Imperial College London, Conway Hall (London), and The University of Leeds.