Posts by David Kessler:

The 2021 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony webcast

The 31st First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize ceremony happens Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 6 pm (US eastern time). Watch it right here. Alternatively, watch the Japanese webstream. [VIDEO NOTE, added September 12, 2021: YouTube’s notorious takedown algorithms sometimes block the ceremony recording that lives there. We have so far been unable to find a […]

“Whirligig of Time” Tested on the Streets of Cambridge

The pile of props and artifacts from past Ig Nobel Prize Ceremonies has grown into a remarkable collection (several people have remarked on it). Some items sit on a shelf, but others must be worn and used, if they are to be meaningful. For instance, audiences who tuned in early to the 2016 ceremony, saw […]

Offered for scale: Child and Wombat Gear

Winners of 2019 Ig Nobel Physics Prize showed up to accept the prize, dressed as a wombat, or as pieces of wombat feces (they received the prize for researching and publishing, “How Do Wombats Make Cubed Poo?“). You might have seen them onstage dressed this way in the ceremony video. If you were wondering how […]

A phone that might deter mosquitoes under certain laboratory conditions

The “World’s First Phone with Ultrasonic Mosquito Away Technology” is on the market in India. We were curious about this, so we consulted Bart Knols, a mosquito expert who received the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize in Biology “for showing that the female malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae is attracted equally to the smell of limburger cheese […]

2018 in Hair (Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists™)

The 2018 Members Gallery for The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists is now available to the public. Once a year, we gather the listings of all the new inductees into such a gallery – before that, new inductees are only seen individually (in the Improbable Blog) as they join throughout the year. We invite […]