If you are in Johannesburg this week, you can hear details about the ways a male is judged by the size of his balls, if that male is a dung beetle. It is not uncommon for male dung beetles to obtain sexual favors from females by presenting them with a ball of crap. But of course […]
February 9th 2014 was a memorable day in Ig Nobel history. During the Ig Nobel Conclave at the Quark 2014 Techo Management Fest at the BITS Pilani Goa Campus (Goa, India), Lal Bihari, winner of the 2003 Ig Nobel Peace Prize met four fellow Ig Nobel Prize winners. Lal Bihari ‘Mritak’ won his prize for […]
Rolf Zwaan and Anita Eerland could not travel to Harvard to collect their 2012 Ig Nobel Psychology prize for their study “Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller“. They had an earlier appointment they did not want to cancel: getting married— to each other. Right after their wedding ceremony in the Netherlands […]
Saturday June 25th during the Museumnacht in Leiden, the Netherlands, Museum Boerhaave presents ‘Circus Academia’, an evening with and about humor in science. There is the unique opportunity to see, hear and even meet four Dutch Ig Nobel Prize Winners: Ilja van Beest (Medicine, 2010), Annelies van Bronswijk (Biology, 2008), Bart Knols (Biology, 2006) and […]
The organizers of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony solved an ancient problem: How to keep speeches from droning on and on… The solution, called “Miss Sweetie Poo”, is an 8-year-old girl who tells long-winded speakers to “Please stop. I’m bored. Please stop. I’m bored…” Here are Miss Sweetie Poo highlights from several Ig ceremonies.
The phrase ” The Hydrogen Economy” was invented by a man who went on to win an Ig Nobel Prize. So, at least, is the claim by the authors of The Oil Drum: The dream of the hydrogen economy is one that has been around since the 1970’s, and has been heavily hyped by sources […]