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

I was playing a character. - Paris Hilton

Polite conversation is rarely either. - Fran Lebowitz

A root is a flower that disdains fame. - Kahlil Gibran

Character is not what you are in the dark. - Unknown

Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. - Emily Dickinson

Sports do not build character; they reveal it. - Unknown

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight. - Leo Rosten

Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. - Oscar Wilde

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

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

While your circumstances are beyond your control, your character is not. - John C Maxwell

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

Nothing arouses ambition so much as the trumpet clang of another's fame. - Baltasar Gracian

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

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

Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything. - Walt Whitman

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

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

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. - Henry David Thoreau

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

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

It requires less character to discover the faults of others than is does to tolerate them. - J. Petit Senn

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

Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. - Joseph Campbell

Great acting is being able to create a character. Great character is being able to be yourself. - John Leguizamo

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

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

I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks. - Donald Trump

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make. - Unknown

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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