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The Ig Nobel Prizes

Once again, the news has come to Hah-vard. This year's Ig Nobel award ceremony will be held tonight, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, as they have been every year since MIT kicked them out in 1994. An overview in the Seattle Times. As it turns out, my namesake, Wolfgang Ketterle (whom you will all certainly remember as the 2001 Nobel laureate in Physics for his work on Bose-Einstein condensation) and other Nobel laureates will be presenting the awards. It ain't exactly Stockholm, guys. Actually, I have no idea how they convince real Nobel prize winners to show up.

However, all the to-do about the prizes has led me to do a little scientific daydreaming. I've been considering what form of research might qualify me for the Ig Nobel prize. Maybe I'll apply for a grant to research "Induction of Epileptic Seizures through Anime" or "The Healthful Effects of Flat Foods" or even "Mating Behavior in Technophilic Introverts". What Ig Nobel research would you like to see undertaken?

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( 3 sutras — Your wisdom )
scarlettina
Oct. 2nd, 2003 05:43 pm (UTC)
Social felinology
"The Social Ramifications of Unnatural Affections between Human Females and Felines"

"Business Consequences of Chocolate Bribery"

"Mutation of Respiratory Illnesses as Cultivated in Closed Adventure Gaming Environments"
mysticalforest
Oct. 3rd, 2003 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Social felinology
Mmm...chocolate bribery....
lambchops79
Oct. 2nd, 2003 10:47 pm (UTC)
The possibility of rapid mental deterioration after being the target of a so-called "Jo momma joke".
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