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 perfume of heroic deeds. - Socrates

Polite conversation is rarely either. - Fran Lebowitz

Character, not circumstances, makes the man. - Booker T. Washington

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

When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. - Winston Churchill

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

Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. - Martin Luther King Jr.

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

The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. - Aristotle

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

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

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

If we knew what it was we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research. - Albert Einstein

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

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

Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion. - Mark Twain

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

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. - Elbert Hubbard

Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there. - Elizabeth Clarke Dunn

A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's. - Jean Paul Richter

Love and respect are the most important aspects of parenting, and of all relationships. - Jodie Foster

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

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

Character is, in the long run, the decisive factor in the life of individuals and of nations alike. - Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When health is lost, something is lost. When character is lost, all is lost. - Rev. Billy Graham

A dinosaur out of context is like a character without a story. Worse than that, the character suffers from amnesia. - Jack Horner

Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do. - William Henry Channing

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

'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

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

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

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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