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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Hire character. Train skill. - Peter Schutz

Adversity tests a man's true character. - Unknown

Assumptions are the termites of relationships. - Henry Winkler

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

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein

Appropriate rules cultivate a disciplined character. - Bill Welker

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

Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success. - John Hays Hammond

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

A person's character is but half formed till after wedlock. - Charles Simmons

It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy - from lack of character. - Dag Hammarskjold

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others. - Wayne Dyer

I don't really get romance. Bring me fish or moose, not flowers. - Eden Robinson

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

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

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

Find someone who will change your life, not just your relationship status. - Abdul'Rauf Hashmi

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

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

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal. - Mark Twain

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

If you steal from one author, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research. - Wilson Mizner

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

One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little. - Alexander Chase

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. - Thomas B Macaulay

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

A relationship without trust is like a car without gas. You can stay in it all you want, but it won't go anywhere. - Jay Shetty

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

Lawyers were notorious for finding cases in the most unlikely places, especially ones with huge potential damage awards. - Jodi Picoult

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

There is a direct relationship between a person's grasp and experience of God's grace and his or her heart for justice. - Unknown

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. - Dave Barry

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

More people watch television and get their information that way than read books. I find new technology and new ways of communication very exciting. - Stephen Covey

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. - Epicurus

Forgiveness is the best form of love in any relationship. It takes a strong person to say they're sorry, and an even stronger person to forgive. - Yolanda Hadid


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