Archive for 'Ig Nobel'

What is this Ig Nobel thing?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Feeling uncertain about the Ig Nobel Prizes? Here are some recent reports that might clarify things — might make you LAUGH, then THINK:

Weird Science: Liquid-and Cats and Other Research from 2017’s Ig Nobel Awards,” The New Stack

Flamethrower against car lovers and gadget from long conversations: the top inventions of the winners of the Ig Nobel Prize“, Onliner [Russia]

“IG Nobel: of science and of humor” [ VIDEO ], Le 1945 [France]

These Are the 10 Absolutely Weirdest Scientific Studies of the Year“, Reader’s Digest

The Ig Nobel Awards 2017“, Naukas [Spain]

“Is the cat a liquid or solid? Hold crocodile gambling bigger? 2017 funny Nobel Prize winners ” part 1and part 2 [ VIDEO ], Mirror Weekly [Taiwan]

IgNobel, ecco la pazza scienza dei vincitori del 2017“, Wired [Italy]

Expect the Unexpected at the 2017 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony” and ” The 2017 Ig Nobel Awards: Cats Flow Like Liquids and Didgeridoos Stop Snoring ” and “Liquid ‘Cats and Old Men’s Big Ears: Humorous Research Abounds at the Ig Nobels” and “In Photos: The Science and Silliness of the 2017 Ig Nobels” and [VIDEO], Livescience

And a fun, half-hour-long radio musing/analysis on BFM-89.9’s Health News Digest radio program [AUDIO] [Malaysia]

BONUS: Some fun video news reports about the 2017 ceremony.

Some news video looks at the 2017 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Here are some video news reports about the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. (For lots more press accounts, dip into our Press Clips page.)

El Pais [Spain]

Mirror Weekly [Taiwan]:


NHK [Japan]:


VTC14 [Vietnam]:

RTO [The Netherlands]:

France Inter:

Canal+ [France]

Stiripesurse [Romania]:

United News International:

CNews [France]:

Le1945 [France]:

Saturday — The Ig Informal Lectures, at MIT

Friday, September 15th, 2017

The Ig Informal Lectures
Saturday, Sept 16, 2017, 1:00 pm
MIT, building 10, room 250 — 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Planet Earth.

You are invited. It’s free, no tickets needed. Come early to assure a seat.

A half-afternoon of improbably funny, informative, informal, brief public lectures and demonstrations:

UPDATE: Here’s video of the 2017 Ig Informal Lectures:

BONUS: This video shows TV news anchors’ first reaction, right after the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, to seeing Thomas Thwaites in action:

BONUS: Here’s a look at one of the previous year’s lectures — this will give you some of the flavor of this annual event. The 2016 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Gordon PennycookJames Allan CheyneNathaniel BarrDerek Koehler, and Jonathan Fugelsang for their scholarly study called “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit.” (That study was published in the journal Judgment and Decision Making, vol. 10, no. 6, November 2015, pp. 549–563.)

The Ig informal Lectures are a free event, organized in cooperation with the MIT Press Bookstore.

Watch the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony live!

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

UPDATE: Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners were introduced at the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Sanders Theater, Harvard University. This year’s theme was “UNCERTAINTY”.

You can read some of the early press accounts.

The ceremony was webcast. Here’s recorded video:

Analysis of the Forces Required to Drag Sheep Over Various Surfaces

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

An Analysis of the Forces Required to Drag Sheep over Various Surfaces” is a research study that won the 2003 Ig Nobel Prize in physics for its co-authors — Jack Harvey, John Culvenor, Warren Payne, Steve Cowley, Michael Lawrance, David Stuart, and Robyn Williams, of Australia.

John Culvenor, one of the authors, has just boarded an airplane (that’s him, there, in the photo below!) that will take him from Australia to the United States, where he will return to the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.

Dr. Culvenor will take a bow at the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, at Harvard, on Thursday evening, September 14. You can watch the ceremony webcast. There is some (though not much) mystery as to whether he will be accompanied by a sheep.

Two days later, on Saturday afternoon, September 16, He will give a brief talk, and answer questions, at the Ig Informal Lectures, at MIT. The new Ig Nobel Prize winners will each give brief talks there, too. And so will one other past Ig Nobel Prize winner: Thomas Thwaites, who shared the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize for biology, for creating prosthetic extensions of his limbs that allowed him to move in the manner of, and spend time roaming hills in the company of, goats.

You are invited to come to the lectures, and shake hands or hooves with these Ig Nobel Prize winners.