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That moment when a Canadian TV News anchor discovered the Ig Nobel Prizes

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

carusoThis video shows the moment when Maralee Caruso, anchor of the six-o’clock news on CTV News in Winnipeg, discovered the Ig Nobel Prizes. Caruso managed reported on only one of the ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners: Thomas Thwaites, who shared this year’s biology prize, for creating prosthetic extensions of his limbs that allowed him to move in the manner of, and spend time roaming hills in the company of, goats.

Caruso did not mention the two Ig Nobel Prizes that were awarded this year to Canadians.

A complete list of this year’s Ig Nobel Prize winners (who were introduced a few days ago at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, at Harvard University) is on the Ig Nobel winners section of this web site.

Thanks to Richard Baguley for bringing this to our attention.)

BONUS (related): “Waterloo study on BS wins Ig Nobel Peace Prize” reads a headline in the Globe & Mail.

Susanne Åkesson’s Ig Nobel horsefly triumph

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Lund University produced this video celebrating the awarding of the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for physics to Susanne Åkesson and her colleagues:

The prize was awarded to Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, György Kriska, Ramón Hegedüs, Balázs Gerics, Róbert Farkas, Susanne Åkesson, Péter Malik, and Hansruedi Wildermuth, for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones.

They described the experiments in two published studies:

An Unexpected Advantage of Whiteness in Horses: The Most Horsefly-Proof Horse Has a Depolarizing White Coat,” Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, György Kriska, Ramón Hegedüs, Balázs Gerics, Róbert Farkas and Susanne Åkesson, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, vol. 277 no. 1688, pp. June 2010, pp. 1643-1650.

Ecological Traps for Dragonflies in a Cemetery: The Attraction of Sympetrum species (Odonata: Libellulidae) by Horizontally Polarizing Black Grave-Stones,” Gábor Horváth, Péter Malik, György Kriska, Hansruedi Wildermuth, Freshwater Biology, vol. 52, vol. 9, September 2007, pp. 1700–9.

Professor Åkesson journeyed to the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard, where she gave a splendid acceptance speech. Two days later, she joined the other new Ig Nobel Prize winners in giving free public talks at MIT.

Interview with personality-of-rocks Ig Nobel Prize winner Shelagh Ferguson

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics was awarded to Mark Avis, Sarah Forbes, and Shelagh Ferguson, for assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, from a sales and marketing perspective.

They documented their research in the study “The Brand Personality of Rocks: A Critical Evaluation of a Brand Personality Scale,” Mark Avis, Sarah Forbes, and Shelagh Ferguson, Marketing Theory, vol. 14, no. 4, 2014, pp. 451-475.

The Otago Daily Times interviewed Shelagh Ferguson (with the headline “Otago University lecturer wins a Ig Nobel prize“), resulting in this video:



Announcing the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize winners!

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Ten new Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded last night (September 22, 2016), at the 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre. The prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.

Here’s video of the entire ceremony:

Tomorrow, the new Ig Nobel Prize winners will give short public talks, and answer questions:

The Ig Informal Lectures
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016, 1:00 pm
MIT, building 26, room 100.
FREE admission, but seating is limited (so get there early)

BONUS: 2003 Ig Nobel Biology Prize winner Kees Moeliker profiles the new winners (in the Dutch language).

UPDATE (Sept 24): In this photo, the new Ig Nobel Prize winners bask in applause at the conclusion to the Ig Informal Lectures at MIT. Kneeling in front of them are the four fly-swatter-wielding timekeepers, plus two official Confused Bystanders. Thanks to John Jenkins and the The MIT Press Bookstore for, as, always, helping to produce the event. Photo by Richard Baguley.


Watch the 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony here!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony happens today — Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Watch the live webcast here. The broadcast will start at 5:40 PM US eastern time. The ceremony itself begins at 6:00 PM US Eastern Time.

(Want to attend the ceremony in person, at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre? Tickets have been sold out for a while now. But it’s possible a few last-minute tickets will become available: (1) check the Harvard Box Office web site; or (2) if you want to take your chances, come to the ticket window in Sanders Theatre one hour prior to the ceremony start.)

Please feel free to livetweet your thoughts, reactions, opinions, happiness, disgust, and genius, using the hashtag #IgNobel.