Unusual Ig Noble prizes:

October 10, 2007 at 9:04 pm (academic, Humor, News) (, , )


Yes, It’s the Noble Prizes but these are not the familiar prestigious noble prizes that are admired everywhere in the world.  ‘ Ig Noble prizes’ event was initiated in 1991 and the prizes are awarded annually to interesting, un-ordinary and imaginative research that make people LAUGH and THINK. Side-effects of swords, wrinkled sheets and Gay Bombs, Got you attention, check the winners’ list and …… Laugh & Think !

Fact:The inventor of Karaoke {Daisuke Inoue} was awarded the Ig Noble Prize for Peace, Yes Peace in 2004 (See above Pic)!!!

Fact: In 2006, Wasmia Al-Houty of Kuwait University and Fatan Al-Mussalam were awarded the Ig Noble prize in Nutrition for showing that dung beetles are finicky eaters !!! ^_^

Winners of 2007:

  • MEDICINE: Brian Witcombe of Gloucester, UK, and Dan Meyer of Antioch, Tennessee, USA, for their penetrating medical report “Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects.”
  • PHYSICS: L. Mahadevan of Harvard University, USA, and Enrique Cerda Villablanca of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, for studying how sheets become wrinkled.
  • BIOLOGY: Prof. Dr. Johanna E.M.H. van Bronswijk of Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, for doing a census of all the mites, insects, spiders, pseudoscorpions, crustaceans, bacteria, algae, ferns and fungi with whom we share our beds each night.
  • CHEMISTRY: Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan, for developing a way to extract vanillin — vanilla fragrance and flavoring — from cow dung.
  • LINGUISTICS: Juan Manuel Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Universitat de Barcelona, for showing that rats sometimes cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and a person speaking Dutch backwards.
  • LITERATURE: Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study of the word “the” — and of the many ways it causes problems for anyone who tries to put things into alphabetical order.
  • PEACE: The Air Force Wright Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio, USA, for instigating research & development on a chemical weapon — the so-called “gay bomb” — that will make enemy soldiers become sexually irresistible to each other.
  • NUTRITION: Brian Wansink of Cornell University, for exploring the seemingly boundless appetites of human beings, by feeding them with a self-refilling, bottomless bowl of soup.
  • ECONOMICS: Kuo Cheng Hsieh, of Taichung, Taiwan, for patenting a device, in the year 2001, that catches bank robbers by dropping a net over them.
  • AVIATION: Patricia V. Agostino, Santiago A. Plano and Diego A. Golombek of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina, for their discovery that Viagra aids jetlag recovery in hamsters.

You can check for the published works of all the winners if you are interested in their research and to expand your knowledge !!! ^___^ .


  1. chikapappi said,

    Hehe … that’s fun though 🙂

  2. Noufa said,

    Love the “gay bomb” 😀

  3. 'GreY' said,

    Nice one’s , will the bloggers get some awards some time soon ? I need to give award to Chika ! 😛

  4. sis4you said,

    very interesting…thanks 4 the post!

  5. Amu said,

    Interesting … I like this post…something i never heard about 🙂

  6. 'GreY' said,

    Wish you a Happy Eid , It must be hard to be away from home at this ocassion , Take care !

  7. chikapappi said,

    kel 3am o enti bkheir 🙂

  8. Sis 4 You said,

    yeah yeah bro Amu, I told u go and check the post on chroma trauma’s blog, it’s really interesting..get it? And I told u read it alllllllllllllllll.

    BTW I left a comment here,,it’s not here, where did it go?

    Eid Mubarek chroma.

  9. Hessa said,

    Hehe , I know .. and it’s Noble prizes (Sort of ^_^).. Wo entai Be5air wo be9e7a wo be-el-salama … ^_^ Mashkora , wo 3asaj min el-3ayideen wo el-fayzeen ensha-allah

    .. ^_^… Laugh think … How imaginative ^_^

    I thought the 2007 bloggers awards were over months ago,??? Chic for 2008, by next Feb or March … Thanks Grey for the nice wishs and enjoy your day off ^_^

    I know, I have never heard of this award before and I didn’t think that something like that wold actaully exist in the academic world… *_*

    hmm, I don’t know , but everything is back to normal. Eid Mubarak wo 3asakom min el-3aydeen we el-fayzeen … so, How much do I owe you then ^_^?

  10. Sis 4 You said,

    oh nothing, I just told amu abt it coz I found it so interesting 🙂

  11. Hessa said,

    Heheh… I’m glad that it caught your eye ^_^

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