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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Fate is character. - William Winter

Candlestine romance - Archie Bunker

Civilized humanical relationships - Archie Bunker

Character is perfectly educated will. - Novalis

A root is a flower that disdains fame. - Kahlil Gibran

Character is what you think in the dark. - Dwight L. Moody

Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. - Emily Dickinson

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. - Anthony J. D'Angelo

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein

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

Character is, for the most part, simply habit become fixed. - C.H. Parkhurst

A person's character is but half formed till after wedlock. - Charles Simmons

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

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Most women are afraid of clowns, but somehow end up still dating one. - Unknown

Before you tell anyone to 'be yourself', reassess his character. - Unknown

God grants us an uncommon life to the degree we surrender our common one. - Max Lucado

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

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

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

The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching. - John Wooden

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal. - Mark Twain

Actions, looks, words and steps form the alphabet by which you may spell character. - Johann Kasper Lavater

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. - Joseph Campbell

Somehow a bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever. - Helen Rowland

Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be thankful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. - Harvey Mackay

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The best rule of thumb for character is to remember that if you can't be big, don't belittle. - Unknown

I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks. - Donald Trump

Don't be accusing me of taking a bribe. You know what they call that, "definition of character." - Archie Bunker

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. - Abraham Lincoln

I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking about a character in the subway, where you can't do anything anyway. - Toni Morrison

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

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right path, the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank

No one undertakes research in physics with the intention of winning a prize. It is the joy of discovering something no one knew before. - Stephen Hawking

A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make. - Unknown

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

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. - Unknown


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