Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Ig Nobel Prizes

The 2005 Ig Nobel prizes were awarded Thursday night.

It's hard to pick a favorite, but here are the ones that made me laugh:

MEDICINE: Gregg A. Miller of Oak Grove, Missouri, for inventing Neuticles -- artificial replacement testicles for dogs, which are available in three sizes, and three degrees of firmness.

LITERATURE: The Internet entrepreneurs of Nigeria, for creating and then using e-mail to distribute a bold series of short stories, thus introducing millions of readers to a cast of rich characters -- General Sani Abacha, Mrs. Mariam Sanni Abacha, Barrister Jon A Mbeki Esq., and others -- each of whom requires just a small amount of expense money so as to obtain access to the great wealth to which they are entitled and which they would like to share with the kind person who assists them.

ECONOMICS: Gauri Nanda of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for inventing an alarm clock that runs away and hides, repeatedly, thus ensuring that people DO get out of bed, and thus theoretically adding many productive hours to the workday.

And the best ever . . .

FLUID DYNAMICS: Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow of International University Bremen, Germany and the University of Oulu , Finland; and Jozsef Gal of Loránd Eötvös University, Hungary, for using basic principles of physics to calculate the pressure that builds up inside a penguin, as detailed in their report "Pressures Produced When Penguins Pooh -- Calculations on Avian Defaecation."

So if your research is too lame to win a Nobel prize, never fear. You may win an Ig Nobel prize!


emilykaypeters said...

Those are some of the most interesting inventions I have ever heard of. And, who would ever thought the day would come that dogs could get replacement testicles? I mean, they can just now walk into a store and bark for their order. I should send Ryan to this Ig Nobel prize thing once he gets his "inventions" going. He has some crazy ideas about inventing new things.

tabitha jane said...

all i can do is giggle right now.

everyday.wonder said...

Okay, I want to know if I can get my college paid for if I take a simple word and spell it with an archaeic or latin flavour. Unbelievable. This is right up there with the greenhouse gases people who hooked up fart-o-meters to cows to measure their "methane emissions". Oh, sorry, I meant flatuleance-o-metres.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh James. I'm wondering where these kinds of things fit into a sermon...yeah, they can. They will.

James T Wood said...

I dare you to put the doggie prosthetics into a sermon . . . I double--"dog"--dare you.