Ah, it’s the Ig Nobel awards season again. It’s like Christmas in a geeky way. They give presents to people for the most bizarre research and inventions of each year. The Ig Nobel awards bestow a kind of recognition that raises the laureates above their peers, but not in the conventional way.
The winners of the 2010 Ig Nobel prizes were announced yesterday. Notable winners include:
- The Engineering Ig Nobel prize winner who perfected a way to collect whale snot by using a remote controlled helicopter;
- The Ig Nobel Peace prize which went to a study which confirmed that swearing does indeed relieve pain
- The Ig Nobel Management prize for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random. (Chuck, could you cc: @mahorstman and then duck and cover?).