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 was playing a character. - Paris Hilton

Character is perfectly educated will. - Novalis

Life always takes on the character of its motive. - J.G. Holland

The great hope of society is individual character. - William Ellery Channing

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein

The real character of a man is found out by his amusements. - Joshua Reynolds

Do what you know and perception is converted into character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice. - Benjamin Disraeli

Character is the root of the tree; conduct, the fruit it bears. - E.M. Bounds

Falling in love and having a relationship are two different things. - Keanu Reeves

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

Fame is only good for one thing - they will cash your check in a small town. - Truman Capote

I wanted a man who wouldn't stray so I'm dating a guy on house arrest. - Kim Bove

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

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw

No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time. - Elbert Green Hubbard

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either. - Jack Benny

As a man in a relationship, you have a simple choice: You can be right or you can be happy. - Ralphie May

Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance. - Oscar Wilde

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

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. - Malcolm S Forbes

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

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

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

Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else. - Nicholas Sparks

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

By my count, more business leaders have failed and derailed because of arrogance than any other character flaw. - Harvey Mackay

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

The greatest mistake we humans make in our relationships: we listen half, understand quarter, think zero, and react double. - Unknown

'Groundhog Day' was one of the greatest scripts ever written. It didn't even get nominated for an Academy Award. - Bill Murray

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

When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious. - Unknown

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through. - Zig Ziglar

Faithfulness is essential to the character of a friend: without this there can be no safety in intimacy with and confidence in him. - Samuel Hopkins

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

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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