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The Ignoble Awards of 2016

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by cjvfr, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. In a far from glittering event the 2016 Ignoble awards were announced last night. For those that have not heard of the Ignoble awards they are given out to Science research that makes you laugh, and then makes you think. So this year we have Rats in tiny trousers, the personalities of rocks from a marketing perspective, the reception and detection of Pseudo profound bullshit and many more. The chemistry prize was awarded to Volkswagen for their work in reducing vehicle emissions "during testing" ;)

    Reproduction Prize: The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton or wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males.

    Economics Prize: Mark Avis, Sarah Forbes and Shelagh Ferguson, for assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, from a sales and marketing perspective.

    Physics Prize: Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, György Kriska, Ramón Hegedüs, Balázs Gerics, Róbert Farkas, Susanne Åkesson, Péter Malik and Hansruedi Wildermuth, for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones.

    Chemistry Prize: Volkswagen, for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested.

    Medicine Prize: Christoph Helmchen, Carina Palzer, Thomas Münte, Silke Anders and Andreas Sprenger, for discovering that if you have an itch on the left side of your body, you can relieve it by looking into a mirror and scratching the right side of your body (and vice versa).

    Biology Prize: Awarded jointly to Charles Foster, for living in the wild as, at different times, a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox and a bird; and to Thomas Thwaites, for creating prosthetic extensions of his limbs that allowed him to move in the manner of, and spend time roaming hills in the company of, goats.

    Psychology Prize: Verschuere, for asking a thousand liars how often they lie, and for deciding whether to believe those answers.

    Peace Prize: Gordon Pennycook, James Allan Cheyne, Nathaniel Barr, Derek Koehler and Jonathan Fugelsang for their scholarly study called “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit”.

    Literature Prize: Fredrik Sjöberg, for his three-volume autobiographical work about the pleasures of collecting flies that are dead, and flies that are not yet dead.

    Perception Prize: Atsuki Higashiyama and Kohei Adachi, for investigating whether things look different when you bend over and view them between your legs.
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  2. Love the Chemistry one!
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  3. I love the medicine one, I'm gonna try that out.
  4. Oh, that's gold.
  5. As someone who hates pseudoscience bullshit (paleo diet/anti-vaxx/homeopathy/anything that comes out of Vani Hari's mouth etc), the Peace Prize amuses me greatly!
  6. In a nation were we've even given them their own salute the best has to be The Fly Trap doesn't it. :)

    Three volumes it doesn't get any better surely :)
  7. I, and possibly most others who have worked as programmers, would have to nod in admiration, to the problem solving aspect of this.....

    The rules say thus and so.....OK, we can do that! :)
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