The Ig Nobel prizes

Annals of Improbable Research

Every Ig Nobel Prize winner has done something that first makes people LAUGH, then makes them THINK.

From the Annals of Improbable Research, the Igs are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.

Did you know that herrings apparently communicate by farting?

That a group of Australian scientists published a study called An Analysis of the Forces Required to Drag Sheep over Various Surfaces?

That one real-life counterpart of Terry Pratchett’s “Numbers” Rictor has published over 80 reports on things that annoyed him, such as What percentage of young people wear baseball caps with the peak facing to the rear rather than to the front?


It gets worse. Much, much worse, fortunately. Yes, boffins also have a sense of humour. The antidote to pontificating self-styled “Experts” can be found here for your delectation, edification, and send-all-my-friends-this-linkification.

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