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Ig Nobel Prize winner Bolsonaro Brings a Certain Something to the UN

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who in 2020 won an Ig Nobel Prize for his teachings about the Covid-19 pandemic, will share his experience with other world leaders tomorrow at a meeting of the United Nations.

 

The Washington Post reports:

The United Nations is demanding world leaders arriving in New York for its General Assembly adhere to an “honor system” to attest they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But that mandate will be tested in the general debate’s very first moments.

Jair Bolsonaro, who contracted the virus last year and as recently as last week said publicly that he does not need to be vaccinated because he has naturally acquired antibodies, is scheduled to kick off the 76th U.N. General Assembly’s general debate on Tuesday…..

Bolsonaro’s 2020 Prize-winning Achievement

The 2020 Ig Nobel Prize for medical education 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.

TV visit to the Ig Nobel Prizes Exhibition in Japan

Friday, September 17th, 2021

Qpri-TV visited the newly opened Ig Nobel Prizes exhibition in Fukuoka, Japan:

The exhibition runs through November 3, 2021

Beards and Face-Punching: 2021 Ig Informal Lectures

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

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. We are releasing these lectures one at a time.

The 2021 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Ethan Beseris, Steven Naleway, and David Carrier, for testing the hypothesis that humans evolved beards to protect themselves from punches to the face.

REFERENCE: “Impact Protection Potential of Mammalian Hair: Testing the Pugilism Hypothesis for the Evolution of Human Facial Hair,” Ethan A. Beseris, Steven E. Naleway, David R. Carrier, Integrative Organismal Biology, vol. 2, no. 1, 2020, obaa005.

A new Ig Nobel Prizes book, in Russian

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

There’s another new book about the Ig Nobel Prizes. This one’s by Yana Khlyustova, in Russian.

Celebrating the Medical Influence of Ig Winner Modi

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

The continuing influence of last year’s Ig Nobel Medical Education Prize winner Narendra Modi is celebrated in a report, today, in the New York Times. The report begins: “As India’s Lethal Covid Wave Neared, Politics Overrode Science —The country’s top science agency tailored its findings to fit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s optimistic narrative despite a looming crisis, researchers say.”

The 2020 Ig Nobel Prize for medical education 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.

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