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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Character is destiny. - Greek Proverb

I do. That is character! - Theodore Roosevelt

Assumptions are the termites of relationships. - Henry Winkler

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

Reputation is for time; character is for eternity. - J.B. Gough

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight. - Leo Rosten

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

A man's manner to a certain extent indicates his character. - Samuel Smiles

Unto ourselves our own life is necessary, unto others our character. - St. Augustine

Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award. - Billy Wilder

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

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

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. - Wernher Von Braun

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

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

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

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

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

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

We all lose our looks eventually, better develop your character and interest in life. - Jacqueline Bisset

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

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

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

Character is that which reveals moral purposes, exposing the class of things man chooses or avoids. - Aristotle

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

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

What we value shapes our character and will ultimately define how we lead, or whether we can lead at all. - Unknown

A man of character does not expect to be liked by everyone, nor does he worry about being liked by anyone. - Unknown

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

Remember that your best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. - Unknown

Relationships are about give and take; not tit-for-tat. If you're keeping score, you'll lose at your own game. - Faydra D. Fields

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

It's really hard to maintain a one-on-one relationship if the other person is not going to allow me to be with other people. - Axl Rose

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

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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