The Ig Nobel Awards

Awards for people whose achievements cannot or should not be reproduced


[The Ig Nobel awards, a spoof of the Nobel Awards, have been presented in the U.S. The annual awards, for people whose achievements “cannot or should not be reproduced”, were presented at a spoof ceremony at Harvard University. They are handed out by the science/humour magazine, Annals of Improbable Research, to real academics and others whose work might strike people’s funny bones. Among the winners were…]

• A University College London team who showed the brains of London taxi drivers were different from average people, because they become enlarged in the zone associated with navigation;

• A Japanese researcher was honoured for chemistry for his study of a bronze statue that failed to attract pigeons;

• Kees Moeliker, of Natuurmuseum Rotterdam in the Netherlands, won the biology prize for being the first scientist to record homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck;

• The engineering award went to the late John Paul Stapp, the late Edward A Murphy Jr and George Nichols, for jointly giving birth in 1949 to Murphy’s Law - the basic principle that “if there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, someone will do it”;

• An Australian team won the physics award for their irresistible report “An Analysis of the Forces Required to Drag Sheep over Various Surfaces”, published in Applied Ergonomics.

This year’s Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Indian Lal Bihari for leading an active life even though he had been declared legally dead. The organizers said he’d waged “a lively posthumous campaign” against bureaucracy and greedy relatives. He was also the man behind the Association of Dead People.



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I do. That is character! - Theodore Roosevelt

Fame is the thirst of youth. - Lord Byron

Character is not what you are in the dark. - Unknown

Dreams are the touchstones of our character. - Henry David Thoreau

Character is much easier kept than recovered. - Thomas Paine

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight. - Leo Rosten

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein

Never trust a husband too far, nor a bachelor too near. - Helen Rowland

Awards are like piles. Sooner or later, every bum gets one. - Maureen Lipman

It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy - from lack of character. - Dag Hammarskjold

Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character. - Oscar Levant

Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor. - Lady Bird Johnson

Fame was like a drug. But what was even more like a drug were the drugs. - Homer Simpson

While your circumstances are beyond your control, your character is not. - John C Maxwell

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. - John Wooden

Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. - Zig Ziglar

Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake a whole relationship. - Sharon Stone

Sometimes the best communication happens when you're on separate bikes. - Unknown

Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research. - Carl Jung

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research. - Steven Wright

Research is the historical novelist's map, constraint, and purest energy. - Donald McCaig

Making mistakes reveals human nature. How one deals with them reveals character. - Unknown

Want to improve your relationships? See love as a verb rather than as a feeling. - Stephen R. Covey

Peppering your relationship with a dash of mystery can make it far more palatable. - Khang K. Nguyen

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. - James Russel Lowell

I've come to realize that real growth of character takes place in the valleys of life. - Dave Dravecky

Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be, Your character is what you really are. - John Wooden

A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. - James Allen

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought. - Lin Yutang

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty. - Zig Ziglar

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. - Albert Einstein

Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we have made through life. - John C. Geikie

Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self-respect springs. - Joan Didion

Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin, but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building. - Oscar Wilde

From a shy, timid girl I had become a woman of resolute character, who could no longer be frightened by the struggle with troubles. - Anna Dostoevsky

Never design your character like a garden where anyone can walk. Design your character like the sky where everyone's desire is to reach. - Unknown

Education commences on the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character. - Hosea Ballou

Every man, as to character, is the creature of the age in which he lives. Very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of their times. - Voltaire

Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own. - Charles De Gaulle


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