Laugh (or Not) and Think

The Ig Nobel Prizes are intended to first make people LAUGH, and then make them THINK. The new crop of Ig winners provoked a discussion, on the website Plastic, that features both aspects (except for one gentleman who declines, perhaps ever, to engage in the first of the twinned activities.)

Hear the Ig Nobel Karaoke Tribute

Daisuke Inoue, the inventor or karaoke, was karaoke-serenaded by three Nobel Laureates (Dudley Herschbach, William Lipscomb and Rich Roberts) and and slinky blonde (Karen Hopkin) immediately after Mr. Inoue accepted the 2004 Ig Nobel Peace Prize. NPR’s “All Things Considered” broadcast a nifty report that includes part of the serenade.

John Mack

We are sad to report the passing, on Monday last, of Dr. John Mack. Dr. Mack shared the 1993 Ig Nobel Psychology Prize with David Jacobs. The citation said they were honored for their leaping conclusion that people who believe they were kidnapped by aliens from outer space, probably were — and especially for their […]

Glimpses of Stalin World

A visitor to Stalin World, in Grutas, Lithuania, took and posted some photos of the facility. Of course, Viliumas Malinowskus, the founder of Stalin World, was awarded the 2001 Ig Nobel Peace Prize. By the way, Stalin World now has a competitor of sorts. in Budapest, Hungary. (Thanks to Mark Dionne for bringing this to […]