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Ig Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Parliament Keeps on Punching

November 27th, 2020

BBC News reports (with action video!) today (November 27, 2020) about the ongoing peaceful activities of the Ig Nobel Peace Prize-winning Taiwan parliament:

Taiwan lawmakers throw pig guts and punches

Pig guts were thrown and scuffles broke out in Taiwan’s parliament over the easing of US pork imports.

The government have been criticised for a recent decision to allow pork containing ractopamine in to the country.

The additive ractopamine is currently banned for pig use in Taiwan, as well as in China and the European Union, due to concerns about safety for animals and humans.

The 1995 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Taiwan National Parliament, for demonstrating that politicians gain more by punching, kicking and gouging each other than by waging war against other nations.

Two-time Ig Nobel Prize Winner Lukashenko Might Give Up Presidency, Maybe

November 27th, 2020

Alexander Lukashenko, who has been awarded two Ig Nobel Prizes, announced that he might, perhaps, possibly stop being the president of Belarus, say many news reports.

Reuters reports (on November 27, 2020: “Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Friday that he would step down as president once a new constitution is adopted and proposed curbing presidential powers as part of the reforms, though he gave no timeline for those moves.”

Lukashenko was a co-winner of the 2020 Ig Nobel Prize for medical education. That prize was awarded to Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Narendra Modi of India, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Donald Trump of the USA, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan, for using the Covid-19 viral pandemic to teach the world that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can.

This is the second Ig Nobel Prize awarded to Lukashenko. The 2013 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Alexander Lukashenko, for making it illegal to applaud in public, AND to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding.

One of Lukashenko’s fellow 2020 Ig Nobel Medical Education Prize winners, Donald Trump, made a similar announcement.

Ig Nobel on Science Friday

November 27th, 2020

Today’s the day for this year’s day-after-Thanksgiving Ig Nobel special on the Science Friday radio program. This is the 29th year for the special. (It’s the 30th year for the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.)

A math cookie recipe for extra-ambitious caterers

November 27th, 2020

Caterers who cater to every whim can tuck away this cookie recipe, saving it for the day a customer demands mathematics-laced cookies:

This recipe was cooked up by Jon Jacobsen and Kym Louie, for the Mathematics Association of America.

(Thanks to Stanley Eigen for bringing this to our attention.)

Passionate Kissing and National Income Inequality [Ig Informal Lecture]

November 26th, 2020

Here is the Ig Informal Lecture by the winners of the 2020 Ig Nobel Economics Prize.

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK. In the Ig Informal Lectures, some days after the ceremony, the new Ig Nobel Prize winners attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it. [In non-pandemic years, the lectures happen at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, two days after the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. But in the pandemic year 2020, it’s all happening online.]

The 2020 Ig Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to Christopher Watkins, Juan David Leongómez, Jeanne Bovet, Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz, Max Korbmacher, Marco Antônio Corrêa Varella, Ana Maria Fernandez, Danielle Wagstaff, and Samuela Bolgan, for trying to quantify the relationship between different countries’ national income inequality and the average amount of mouth-to-mouth kissing.

They documented that research, in the study “National Income Inequality Predicts Cultural Variation in Mouth to Mouth Kissing,” Christopher D. Watkins, Juan David Leongómez, Jeanne Bovet, Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz, Max Korbmacher, Marco Antônio Corrêa Varella, Ana Maria Fernandez, Danielle Wagstaff, and Samuela Bolgan, Scientific Reports, vol. 9, article no. 6698, 2019.

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