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2011 Ig Nobel Prizes 61

alphadogg writes "The quirky Ig Nobel prizes honoring some of the world's funniest if not the most practical academic research will be handed out tonight at 7:30 EST at Harvard University. The theme this year is chemistry, but that doesn't really restrict which entries might win, judging from research that has claimed Ig Nobels in the past. For instance, last year the prize for medicine went to a Netherlands researcher who discovered that riding roller coasters alleviates asthma symptoms. The prize for engineering went to an international team 'for perfecting a method to collect whale snot using a remote-control helicopter.'" You can read more about this year's nominees and watch the live webcast here.
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2011 Ig Nobel Prizes

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  • Ig Noble Peace Prize (Score:3, Interesting)

    by cosm ( 1072588 ) <thecosm3@gmaNETBSDil.com minus bsd> on Thursday September 29, 2011 @07:16PM (#37561098)
    Totalitarian leaders of the middle-east should be given the Ig Noble Peace prize for their peaceful methods of spreading their good word. Hell, give the US one as well.
    • by marcosdumay ( 620877 ) <marcosdumay@@@gmail...com> on Thursday September 29, 2011 @08:20PM (#37561582) Homepage Journal

      They can't issue igNobel peace prizes, they would choose the same characters of the Nobel prize lots of times, and that wouldn't be good.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Yeah, didn't they once give the Ig Nobel Peace prize to Barack Obama for the great achievement of "not being Bush"?

        • Considering how the US presidents are usually selected, namely "some guy who is like the old one 'cause after all he got elected 4 years ago and the people are usually quite set in their ways", that's actually one hell of an achievement.

          Or it were, if he was...

      • by arth1 ( 260657 )

        hey can't issue igNobel peace prizes

        Yet they do.

        Here [youtube.com] is this year's winner.

      • by HiThere ( 15173 )

        Most times it seems like they should just wait to find out who gets the Nobel Peace Prize, and then give it to them. After Kissinger got it, it sort of lost all credibility.

  • by inode_buddha ( 576844 ) on Thursday September 29, 2011 @07:27PM (#37561196) Journal

    Some guy documented fellatio among fruit bats. With video. The goggles, they did nothing...

  • The country which ceases to laugh at it's own foibles ceases to be great.

    The same can be said for sciences.

    Cheers for a little levity in an often very dry field.

  • "...will be handed out tonight at 7:30 EST at Harvard University." Last I checked, Cambridge, MA is currently on Eastern DAYLIGHT Time, not Eastern Standard Time. So that makes the start time of the ceremony very confusing. Or maybe you can only show up if you can actually figure out what time to be there.
    • by gsslay ( 807818 )

      Well, to be fair, the Improbable Research web page is car-crash of a website that says "The webcast begins at 7:30 PM Eastern Time" half way down, in ugly white on red text.

  • by paiute ( 550198 ) on Thursday September 29, 2011 @11:41PM (#37562674)
    If you have ever gone to see the IgNobels or watched them on video, you have seen the paper airplane blizzard. Here is a screenplay in which the paper airplanes play a pivotal role: http://www.scribd.com/doc/13651346/The-EightFoot-Bride-an-original-screenplay [scribd.com]
  • Today was also National Coffee Day [wikipedia.org] if you were wondering, like I was, what was up with all the coffee.
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