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 thirst of youth. - Lord Byron

Life is a relationship between molecules. - Linus Pauling

Character is much easier kept than recovered. - Thomas Paine

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight. - Leo Rosten

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein

Appropriate rules cultivate a disciplined character. - Bill Welker

Character is not given to us; we build it ourselves. - Mabel Hale

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

Relationships are like a walk in the park. Jurassic Park. - Unknown

The desire for fame is the last weakness wise men put off. - Tacitus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. - Erma Bombeck

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

People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace. - Zig Ziglar

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

I've come to realize that real growth of character takes place in the valleys of life. - Dave Dravecky

My career must be slipping. This is the first time I've been available to pick up an award. - Michael Caine

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

The real test of your character is your treatment of those who can be of no possible service to you. - Unknown

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

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

The character of our praying will determine the character of our preaching. Light praying makes light preaching. - E.M. Bounds

When lying and omission become part of your character, you lose integrity and the trust you once had from others. - Theodore W Fedorchak

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

Valentine's Day: Rubbing singles' noses in their lack of a mate and the noses of couples in their lack of time. - Emma McLaughlin

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

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

Never design your character like a garden where anyone can walk. Design your character like the sky where everyone's desire is to reach. - Unknown

Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There's no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere. - Groucho Marx


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