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Saturday, October 04, 2003

Another Reason You Wish You Were In Boston This Week

[Update: CBS News Sunday Morning will cover the Ig Nobels on Sunday, October 12.]

From Ig Nobel central: "The 2003 Ig Nobel Prize winners were announced on Thursday evening, October 2, at the 13th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. Click here for details."

Slashdot sums up the winners:

  • Engineering: the inventors of the Murphy's law.
  • Physics: authors of 'An Analysis of the Forces Required to Drag Sheep over Various Surfaces' report.
  • Medicine: the scientists who discovered that London taxi drivers are smarter than average London residents.
  • Psychology: authors of the 'Politicians' Uniquely Simple Personalities' report.
  • Chemistry: a Japanese scientist who studied a bronze statue strangely ignored by pigeon population.
  • Literature: the author of more than 80 scientific reports on amusing statistical information.
  • Economics: the man who viewed the entire country of Liechtenstein as a large convention center.
  • Interdisciplinary: authors of 'Chickens Prefer Beautiful Humans' study.
  • Biology: first documented case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck species.

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