Annals of Improbable Research (AIR)
Cover Image for Volume 3, Issue 1
Scientist/ supermodel Symmetra (left) and fellow mezzo-soprano Margot McLaughlin sing the roles of cockroaches in the mini-opera "Lament Del Cockroach." The performance was part of the Sixth First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. The action shown here takes place at the climax of Act 3. At right, Ig Nobel Minordomo James Mahoney manipulates one end of the rope on which a Martian meteorite is travelling towards the lovely, but doomed, cockroaches. The full libretto of the opera is on pages 13-15. Photo: Bruce Petschek.