Ig Nobel Prize Tour of the UK and Ireland 2004


The Warrington Show

on the 2004 Ig™ Nobel Tour of the UK and Ireland

Faces in the crowd.

WHEN/WHERE: March 22, 2004, Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Marc Abrahams (organizer of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research).

IG NOBEL WINNER: Ig Nobel Prize-winner Pek Van Andel delivered not just one, but TWO five-minute talk/demonstrations. Several audience members valiantly and proficiently took actions to ensure that the five-minute limit was adhered to. (See below for a brief description of what Pek Van Andel did to win an Ig; for more detail, click here.)

Ig winner Pek Van Andel shows a curious view of a bird. Visible at the distance are some of the singers and musicians who , moments later, performed the nano-opera "Atom and Eve."

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: The event included a performance of the Ig Nobel mini-opera "Atom and Eve," starring singers Helen Watson, Matt Holker, Robbie Goulding and pianist Rin Choi of the Manchester University Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Faces in the crowd.

COMPETITIONS: There were two competitions (for details click here):

  • Science Limerick Contest (the winner received a free trip for two to the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony at Harvard!).
  • Science-Barnet-of-the-Year Competition (conducted in stylish cooperation with the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists. The winner received a free makover at a posh London Hair Salon!).
  • Marc Abrahams shows an image of 2003 Ig Nobel Engineering Prize co-winner John Paul Stapp riding a rocket sled to fame. Stapp was one of the people who helped give birth to Murphy's Law.

    ORGANIZERS: Anne Humphries and Paula Wallace

    Faces in the crowd.

    PHOTOS: The photographs shown here were taken by Ig Nobel winner Pek Van Andel and by Stephen Drew.

    Faces in the crowd.

    SPONSORED BY: The Times Higher Education Supplement and The British Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Singers Matt Holker and Helen Watson prepare to perform the nano-opera.

    Faces in the crowd.

    2004 Ig Nobel U.K. / Ireland Tour Events

  • Thu 11th March, OXFORD: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, OXFORD UNIVERSITY, 8:00 PM
  • Fri 12th March, NOTTINGHAM: John Clare Lecture Theatre 6, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane (A453), NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, 7:00 PM
  • Sat 13th March, BELFAST: W5@Odyssey 2 Queen's Quay, 3:00 PM
  • Sun 14th March, DUBLIN: Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, 3:00 PM
  • Mon 15th March, GLASGOW: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, 232-242 St Vincent Street, 7:00 PM
  • Tue 16th March, EXETER: Parker Moot Room, Amory Building, EXETER UNIVERSITY, 7:00 PM
  • Wed 17th March, MANCHESTER: Staff House Lounge, Refectory Building, Burlington Street (off Oxford Road), UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, 7:30 PM
  • Thu 18th March, LONDON: Institute of Electrical Engineers, Savoy Place, 6:30 PM
  • Mon 22nd March, WARRINGTON, CHESHIRE: CCLRC Daresbury Laboratory, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, nr Warrington, 7:00 PM

  • Winners on the Tour

    Here are some of the Ig Nobel Prize winners who appeared at one or more Tour events.

  • Charles Deeming (Biology Prize 2002), Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain
  • Chris Frith, (Medicine Prize, 2003), The Impressive Brains of London Taxi Drivers
  • David Gadian (Medicine Prize, 2003), The Impressive Brains of London Taxi Drivers
  • Andrey Geim (Physics Prize, 2000), Using Magnets to Levitate a Frog
  • Harold Hillman (Peace Prize, 1997), The Possible Pain Experienced During Execution by Different Methods
  • Chris McManus (Medicine Prize 2002), Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture
  • Kees Moeliker (Biology Prize, 2003), The First Scientifically Recorded Case of Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard Duck
  • Charles Paxton (Biology Prize 2002), Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain
  • Karl Schwärzler (Economics Prize, 2003), How to Rent the Entire Country of Liechtenstein for Corporate Conventions, Weddings, and Bar Mitzvahs
  • Pek Van Andel (Medicine Prize, 2000), Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Male and Female Genitals During Coitus and Female Sexual Arousal

    For more details about any of them, see the list of all Ig Nobel Prize Winners