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

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. - Socrates

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

Adversity tests a man's true character. - Unknown

Character is much easier kept than recovered. - Thomas Paine

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

Habits form character, and character forms destiny. - James Allen

Appropriate rules cultivate a disciplined character. - Bill Welker

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

Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone. - Cyrus A. Bartol

If you don't have enemies, you don't have character. - Paul Newman

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

Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind. - Marston Bates

It is of little traits that the greatest human character is composed. - William Winter

Nothing of character is really permanent but virtue and personal worth. - Daniel Webster

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

Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing. - Wernher von Braun

I was always a character actor: I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood. - Paul Newman

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

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

John Wooden was a hall of fame character long before he was a hall of fame coach. - John C Maxwell

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

As long as I can wear a wig I can be any character, and in real life I can be myself. - Ginnifer Goodwin

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

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be your character what it will, it will be known, and nobody will take it upon your word. - Lord Chesterfield

Strength of character may be learned at work, but beauty of character is learned at home. - Henry Drummond

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

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

Character is better than ancestry, and personal conduct is of more importance than the highest. - Thomas J. Barnardo

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. - Buddha

I really wanted the MTV Award the most, It was a golden popcorn container and it looks really neat. - Kirsten Dunst

Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem. - Bill Vaughan

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. - Ernest Hemingway

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. - Dale Carnegie

The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your relationships. The quality of your business is no different. - Harvey Mackay

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

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


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