Archive for 'Ig Nobel'

Ig Nobel Prize-winning Bug-splat book author, on the Tonight Show

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

In 1997, right after Mark Hostetler won his Ig Nobel Prize, NBC’s The Tonight Show invited him to be on their program. Here’s edited video of that:

The 1997 Ig Nobel Prize for entomology was awarded to Mark Hostetler of the University of Florida, for his scholarly book, “That Gunk on Your Car,” which identifies the insect splats that appear on automobile windows. [The book is published by Ten Speed Press.]


One month from today: The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

The 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony happens exactly one month from today.

THE CEREMONY: The ceremony will happen at the usual place. This year’s theme: TIME.
WHERE: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016, 6:00 pm.
Ceremony details: <>

TICKETS: A few tickets are still available. The Harvard Box Office handles all ticket sales. The physical ticket office [now in a temporary location in Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke Street, Cambridge] is open some (but not all!) days from noon to 6 pm. The web site is open 24 hours, every day.
Box Office web site:, Telephone (+1) 617-496-2222.

WEBCAST: The ceremony will, as usual, be webcast live. (Historical note: The 1995 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony was one of the very first events of any kind to be broadcast on the Internet!)


Another new, inventive documentary about Dr. Nakamats

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

There is yet another new documentary about Dr. Nakamats, the man who has more than 3500 patents and who was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize (in 1995, for having photographed every meal he had consumed for the previous 34 years), and who is still alive despite the predictions of his doctors.

CNN’s Make, Create, Innovate program has just broadcast a two-part report called “The most inventive man in the world”. You can watch it online: Part 1, Part 2.



Ig Nobel winner Justin (sting pain index) Schmidt profiled in NY Times

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Justin Schmidt, whose thorough love of insects led him to many good things, including an Ig Nobel Prize, is profiled in the New York Times Magazine:


The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize, in the combined category of Physiology and Entomology, was awarded jointly to two individuals: Justin Schmidt, for painstakingly creating the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which rates the relative pain people feel when stung by various insects; and to Michael L. Smith, for carefully arranging for honey bees to sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations on his body, to learn which locations are the least painful (the skull, middle toe tip, and upper arm). and which are the most painful (the nostril, upper lip, and penis shaft).

BONUS: QI Elves do dramatic readings from the Schmidt Sting Pain Index:

What’s new in the Ig Nobel Prize-winning world of Spam

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

“Some 250,000 cans clicking along every day, six days a week.” That’s most of what’s new in the world of Spam, as detailed in a Bloomberg report by Kyle Stock, with the mildly contrary headline “Beyond Spam.”

The 1992 Ig Nobel Prize for nutrition was awarded to the utilizers of Spam, courageous consumers of canned comestibles, for 54 years of undiscriminating digestion. That time period has now, of course, stretched to 76 years.