<http://www.improbable.com/ig/ig-pastwinners.html#ig2006> "The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative -- and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology." A selection of this year's winners: + PEACE Howard Stapleton of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, for inventing an electro- mechanical teenager repellant -- a device that makes annoying noise designed to be audible to teenagers but not to adults; and for later using that same technology to make telephone ringtones that are audible to teenagers but not to their teachers. + ACOUSTICS D. Lynn Halpern, Randolph Blake and James Hillenbrand for conducting experiments to learn why people dislike the sound of fingernails scraping on a blackboard. + MATHEMATICS Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes of CSIRO, for calculating the number of photographs you must take to (almost) ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed. + LITERATURE Daniel Oppenheimer for his report "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly." + ORNITHOLOGY Ivan R. Schwab and the late Philip R.A. May, for exploring and explaining why woodpeckers don't get headaches.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Posted by Bruno at 10:40am