Five-second vote

Investigator Earle Spamer send this news about recent Ig Nobel winners: The “over”view of the Ig Nobel ceremony leads with the Prize for the combover. But they have an even higher notice of distinction. They provide a Quick Vote box for the unscientific measurement of whether voters adhere (or not) to the five-second rule.

The Persistence of Wallace

Ig Nobel Prize-winner Sanford Wallace is back in the news. In 1997, Wallace was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in the field of Communications. The citation taciturnly identified Mr. Wallace and his early work: Sanford Wallace, president of Cyber Promotions of Philadelphia — neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night have stayed this self-appointed […]

The Passing of Benveniste

Jacques Benveniste, the only person who was awarded two Ig Nobel Prizes, has died. Benveniste was awarded the 1991 Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize “for his persistent discovery that water, H2O, is an intelligent liquid, and for demonstrating to his satisfaction that water is able to remember events long after all trace of those events has […]

Hopping Mad about Hula-Hooping

Dr —-[EDITOR’S NOTE: THE INVESTGATOR HAS ASKED US TO REMOVE HER NAME]—- sent us this note: Dear Sirs, I just have read about the latest Ignoble [sic] prize winners in physics and I read the original article of Ramesh Balasubramaniam and Michael Turvey, “Coordination Modes in the Multisegmental Dynamics of Hula Hooping,” Biological Cybernetics, vol. […]

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 […]