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The Ig Nobel ceremony happens one week from today.

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

The 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will happen one week from today—on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 6:00 pm (US east coast time)—at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University.

If you want TICKETS, you’d best act quickly. Only a few are still available, from the Harvard Box Office.

Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners will be revealed. Their prizes will be handed to them by a gaggle of bemused Nobel laureates. There will be a new opera (“Creatures of Habit”). And other stuff.

The ceremony will be webcast live, as it has been every year since 1995.

And two days later, the Lectures at MIT…

This year, for the second straight year, we will also webcast the Ig Informal Lectures at MIT, in which the new winners each give a brief public talk, and answer questions. That event—on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 1:00 pm, is co-organized by the MIT Press Bookstore. You don’t need a ticket to attend the Saturday MIT Lectures, but seating is limited, so think about getting there a bit early.

The Most Improbable Pope

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

A headline in the Paris newspaper Le Monde declares that I am the Pope. The Pope of Improbable Science.

You can see this pope on display on September 12, 2019, in the 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. If you are in Paris (or anywhere else), you can watch the webcast. If you are in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and if you have a ticket, you can see it in person, in Sanders Theatre.

The Ig Nobel Prize ceremony happens two weeks from today

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

The 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will happen two weeks from today—on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 6:00 pm (US east coast time)—at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University.

A few (not a lot of) TICKETS are still available from the Harvard Box Office.

Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners will be revealed. Their prizes will be handed to them by a gaggle of bemused Nobel laureates.

Audience Delegations

If you would like your group of five (5) or more ceremony attendees to be recognized as an Official Delegation, First obtain tickets, Then register with Louise Sacco, Official Overseer of the Delegations (phone: 781-690-6621, email: LouiseSacco AT gmail.com). The deadline for registering as a delegation is Wednesday, September 4th, 2019.

Each Official Audience Delegation receives a moment in the sun, so to speak, during the ceremony.

Habits, Habits

The theme of this year’s ceremony (though not necessarily of the things that win prizes) is HABITS. The ceremony will include the premiere of the mini-opera “Creatures of Habit,” about a visit to the (fictional, alas) Museum of Bad Habits.

The ceremony will be webcast live, as it has been every year since 1995.

And two days later, the Lectures at MIT…

This year, for the second straight year, we will also webcast the Ig Informal Lectures at MIT, in which the new winners each give a brief public talk, and answer questions. That event—on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at 1:00 pm, is co-organized by the MIT Press Bookstore.

Boom! “Science that’s hard to take seriously and even harder to ignore”

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Scott Lafee‘s Wellnews syndicated column often presents tidbits about things that have won Ig Nobel Prizes. Here’s the most recent (August 19, 2019):

Ig Nobel Apprised

The Ig Nobel Prizes celebrate achievements that make people laugh and then think — a look at real science that’s hard to take seriously and even harder to ignore.

In 2012, the Ig Nobel Prize in medicine went to a pair of French researchers for their advice to doctors performing colonoscopies on how to minimize their patients’ chance of exploding.

More about those explosions…

The 2012 Ig Nobel prize for medicine was awarded to Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti [FRANCE] for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimize the chance that their patients will explode.

Here are two of their several medical publications about this:

Put a spin on it: Whirling babies then, and adults in the future

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Compare and contrast, if you will, this press release from the University of Colorado: “Artificial gravity breaks free from science fiction

…and the Ig Nobel Prize-winning patent by George and Charlotte Blonsky: “Apparatus for facilitating the birth of a child by centrifugal force

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