Archive for 'Ig Nobel'

Ig Nobel Prize winner Lee Kuan Yew dies in Singapore

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew, who was awarded the 1994 Ig Nobel Prize for psychology, has died, say numerous press reports.

His Ig Nobel citation said that the prize honored: “Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore, practitioner of the psychology of negative reinforcement, for his thirty-year study of the effects of punishing three million citizens of Singapore whenever they spat, chewed gum, or fed pigeons.”

Reuters reports about his death:

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and architect of the tiny city-state’s rapid rise from British military outpost to global trade and financial center, died on Monday aged 91….

Lee, a British-educated lawyer, is widely credited with building Singapore into one of the world’s wealthiest nations on a per capita basis with a strong, pervasive role for the state and little patience for dissent…. He advocated free-wheeling market capitalism while keeping tight control over social behavior, from banning chewing gum to caning those caught painting graffiti on public property.

Ig Nobel show at Imperial College London, Fri eve

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The 2015 Ig Nobel EuroTour descends Friday evening, March 20, on Imperial College. Here are details:

Tickets have been fully booked for a while now. But… there is always the chance that a few ticket holders will not turn up, freeing up their seats. So if you have not booked a ticket, you might want to take your chances and turn up fifteen minutes or so before the event begins, and perhaps, perhaps you will be able to get a ticket.

BONUS: Dr. NakaMats discusses his ideas for better ideas

BONUS: The complete tour schedule.


Ig Nobel show at Nottingham Trent, Wed eve

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

The 2015 Ig Nobel EuroTour descends Wednesday evening, March 18, on Nottingham Trent University. Here are details:

  • NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, Nottingham, UK. Newton Building,
    Goldsmith Street. Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm. (TICKETS.) Featuring: Marc Abrahams; Chris McManus (Ig Nobel winner, Scrotal asymmetry in ancient Sculpture and man); Richard Stephens (Ig Nobel winner, The effect of swearing on pain); Richard Webb (Tribute to John Hoyland, the father of Nominative Determinism); plus some dramatic improbable readings from bizarre, genuine scientific studies.

BONUS: The complete tour schedule.


Ig Nobel show at Portsmouth U, Monday night

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

The 2015 Ig Nobel EuroTour descends Monday night, March 16, at Portsmouth University. Here are details:

  • PORTSMOUTH UNIVERSITY, Portsmouth, UK. Richmond Building, Portland Street. Monday, March 16, 6:00 pm. (TICKETS.) Featuring: Marc Abrahams; Chris McManus (Ig Nobel winner, Scrotal asymmetry in ancient Sculpture and man); Minna Lyons (Ig Nobel winner, Relation between night owls and psychopathy); David Dunstan (Effectiveness of throwing snails over the garden fence); Richard Webb (Tribute to John Hoyland, the father of Nominative Determinism)

BONUS: The complete tour schedule.


Dr. NakaMats discusses his ideas for better ideas

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Dr. NakaMats, possibly the greatest man in the world, who is about to make his grand farewell appearances in the UK, Denmark and Sweden, granted an interview to Jack Preston of Virgin Entrepreneur.

Dr. NakaMats was awarded the 2005 Ig Nobel Prize for nutrition, for photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period of 34 [now, in 2015, 44] years (and counting). In March, in the company of several other Ig Nobel Prize winners, he will be the star of stars on the Ig Nobel tour of Europe [click here for the tour schedule], sharing his ideas with audiences, and gathering acclaim, in London, Aarhus, Copenhagen, and Stockholm.

Here are excerpts from the Virgin Entrepreneur interview:

Better ideas with Dr NakaMats

Yoshiro Nakamatsu, or Dr NakaMats as he is more widely known, is one of the world’s leading inventors with over 3,500 patents to his name. We sat down with the cult hero to find out how we can all come up with better ideas.

It’s not easy to forget Dr NakaMats’ most famous invention, the Floppy Disk, with the entrance to his Tokyo residence set inside a door-sized replica of the idea which he claims to have come up with in 1952, before later licensing it to IBM in the late 1970s. Since then he has worked tirelessly to cement his positon as one of the world’s most prolific inventors, with his list of patents including a self-defence wig, a cigarette for activating the brain, jumping shoes, the ‘Enerex System’ for generating hydrogen and oxygen along with a condom that comes with an embedded magnate for “improving sensitivity in the female organs”.

With a lifetime of weird and wonderful inventions behind him Dr NakaMats is now facing his biggest challenge to date, having recently being diagnosed with prostate cancer….


…To help with the recording of ideas during this time, Dr NakaMats has even invented waterproof paper and pencils, claiming “an idea comes instantly and disappears instantly”.

By getting as close to death as possible, Dr NakaMats believes we will have our greatest ideas. Let us hope that his theory is proven to be correct as he continues his mission to find his most important invention to date.

BONUS: The documentary film “The Invention of Dr. Nakamats“:

The director, Kaspar Schroeder, is now filming a second documentary. Parts of what happens on our March 2015 tour of Denmark will be in that documentary.