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THURSDAY: The 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony (and webcast)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony happens tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, 2016, beginning at 6 pm (US eastern time).

A very few TICKETS for the ceremony might become available — check the Harvard Box Office for those.

The webcast begins at 5:40 pm, with the ceremony itself beginning at 6:00.

The theme of this year’s ceremony (though not necessarily of the things that win prizes!) is TIME. The ceremony will include the premiere of a new mini-opera, “The Last Second”, about a plot to secretly add an extra leap second to the world’s clocks, and secretly reap the financial benefits.


Coming Thursday: The Ig Nobel Prize ceremony

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Le Figaro, in Paris, assessing the coming week’s activities, recommends the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony for JEUDI 22 SEPTEMBRE:

figaroRemise des prix IgNobel 2016 – Les prix IgNobels vont être remis le 22 septembre lors de la 26e cérémonie qui se tiendra à l’université de Harvard, dans le nord-est des Etats-Unis. Ils récompensent, comme chaque année, des scientifiques aux travaux «improbables», mais toutefois sérieux.

We, also, recommend the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. You can watch the live webcast right here on the Improbable Research web site, or even more directly on YouTube.

Farewell, Joe Keller, beloved understander of teapot drips and ponytail sways

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Today’s New York Times carries an affectionate obituary of double Ig Nobel Prize winner Joe Keller: “Joseph B. Keller, Mathematician With Whimsical Curiosity, Dies at 93“.

Joe Keller’s curiosity was infectious. One of his students (Mahadevan) also was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize. And one of that student’s students (David Hu) also was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize.

Take a look back at Karen Brown’s appreciation of Joe (teapot/ponytail) Keller.

Dr. Nakamats, still very much alive, to have 88th birthday party, in NYC

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The very much one-and-only Dr. Nakamats, who among his many other accomplishments (2) is an Ig Nobel Prize winner and (1) has outmaneuvered doctors’ predictions that he would die in 2015, will enliven his 88th birthday party by traveling to it.

If you will be in New York City on Friday evening, September 23 (the day after this year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony!), you are invited to join Dr. Nakamats at the party, at the mMuseumm. This video is Dr. Nakamats’s personal invitation to you:


BONUS: A look back at Dr. Nakamat’s 86th birthday party.

Quick appreciations of Ig Nobel Prize winners, en français (#2)

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Balade Mental produced another in its series of quick appreciations of Ig Nobel Prize winners, en français:


Here’s the first in that series: