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Highlights from the spring Ig Nobel EuroTour

Here are highlight reels from the recent Ig Nobel shows at the University of Graz and at the University of Stockholm:



Those shows were part of this year’s Ig Nobel Spring Eurotour. This was the full tour schedule:

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, England
IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, England
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
UNIVERSITY OF OSLO, Norway
STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY, Stockholm, Sweden
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE, Stockholm, Sweden
FRI TANKE FÖRLAG, Stockholm, Sweden
ORF (television debate), Vienna, Austria
UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ, Austria
UNIVERSITY OF CATANIA, Italy
NATUURHISTORISCH MUSEUM ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands
EDINBURGH, Scotland

The shows featured MARC ABRAHAMS (founder of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony) and different combinations of these Ig Nobel Prize winners:

  • MINNA LYONS (psychopaths and night owls)
  • KADER ALLOUNI (using speed bumps to diagnose appendicitis)
  • ELIZABETH OBERZAUCHER (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children)
  • RAGHAVENDRA RAU (some business leaders acquire a taste for disasters that do not affect them personally)
  • THOMAS THWAITES (living as a goat)
  • LUDWIG HUBER (absence of contagious yawning in tortoises)
  • ALESSANDRO PLUCHINO, ANDREA RAPISARDA, CESARE GAROFALO (organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random)
  • HYNEK BURDA (defecating dogs align their body axis with Earth’s north-south geomagnetic field lines)
  • KEES MOELIKER (homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck)
  • PIERS BARNES (how many group photos are needed to ensure at least one in which nobody blinks)
  • FREDRIK SJÖBERG (three-volume autobiographical work about the pleasures of collecting flies that are dead, and flies that are not yet dead)
  • LAURENT BÈGUE (people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive)

HAIR NOTE: The show at the University of Oslo, on Friday, March 24, included the public introduction of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) Woman of the Year: Anneleen Kool.

INCOMPETENCE NOTE: The tour also featured tributes to the Ig Nobel Prize-winning (in the year 2000) study of the Dunning-Kruger effect. That study is called “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments.”

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