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A rather different Ig Nobel Prize ceremony this (the 30th!) year

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will happen a little differently than its 29 predecessors, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s the general plan.

A Bulgarian Museum Savoring of the Ig Nobel Prize

Monday, May 11th, 2020

The Bulgarian National Museum of Natural History podcast takes a long, loving look at many of the past Ig Nobel Prize winners.

The automatic diaper-changing machine is now in development

Friday, May 8th, 2020

BabyWasher, the automatic dirty-diaper-changing invention, honored by the 2019 Ig Nobel Prize for engineering, now has a name, and is now undergoing intense development. You can follow the progress by visiting the inventor’s new web site,

The BabyWashers site explains:

What Does BabyWasher Do?

After placing the baby in the BabyWasher’s chair and pressing the start button, the device removes the dirty diaper from the baby’s body, washes and dries the lower body, then places the new diaper on the baby’s body. All of these steps do automatically.

A new comic (in 2 languages) about Ig Nobel Prize winners

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

A new comic strip—in Russian and in English—about some of the curious characters who have won Ig Nobel Prizes. The series appears on Instagram.

Historic video of the Emergency Bra, at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony

Friday, May 1st, 2020

This video shows the awarding of the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize for medicine to Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, Illinois, USA, for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander. Nobel laureates Wolfgang Ketterle, Paul Krugman, and Orhan Pamuk assisted Dr. Bodnar in giving the first public demonstration of how the bra works.

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