The 26thIg Nobel Awards were organized Thursday night at Harvard University in which winners receive $10 trillion cash prizes. This year’s awards were sponsored by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research.
These awards are meant to honor research and accomplishments that make you laugh rather than make you think about the accomplishments. Those who have won the awards include, a man who lived as a goat, a man who lived as a badger, a research who has shown that polyester or polyester blend pants resulted into less sexual activity in rats and a team who investigates the personalities of rocks.
Japanese researchers were honored with the Perception Prize as they conducted their study to see whether things appear different when a person bends over and view things between the legs. The Psychology Prize was given to a research that assessed how liars life throughout their lifetime. The researchers did on the basis of the liars' descriptions of their own lie frequency.
The Economics Prize was given to the researchers who tried to find out how people perceive rocks, on the basis of personality. Majority of the studies are more peer-reviewed research projects having more significance than what it might appear.
The Chemistry Prize was awarded to Volkswagen for sorting out the problem of automobile pollution emissions. But no one from the company attended the awards ceremony. Fredrik Sjöberg was awarded in the field of literature for his three-volume autobiographical work, which was on the pleasure of collected flies that are dead and flies that are not dead yet.
The Peace Prize was given to scientists who have explored how good or bad people are at identifying ‘pseudo-profound bullshit’, a project.
According to a report in Nbc News by Associated Press, "A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels, the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement."
This year's Ig Nobels, sponsored by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research , included research by Fredrik Sjoberg, who published three volumes about collecting hoverflies on the sparsely populated Swedish island where he lives.
"I had written books for 15 years (read by no one) when I finally understood it's a good thing to write about something you really know, no matter what that might be," Sjoberg said in an email, describing the award as the pinnacle of his career.
A report published in NPR News informed, "The honorees included a man who lived as a goat, a man who lived as a badger, a man who put tiny pants on rats and tracked their sex lives, a team who investigated the personalities of rocks, and Volkswagen."
The prizes are given for "achievements that make people LAUGH, and then THINK," as the Annals of Improbable Research, the science humor magazine that doles out the awards, puts it.
"From Junior to Senior Pinocchio" won the Psychology Prize. The research explores how liars lie over lifetimes — based on the liars' descriptions of their own lie frequency.
But one of the Ig Nobels was particularly ignoble: the Chemistry Prize, awarded to Volkswagen "for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions," the award-givers noted sarcastically. (VW, of course, cheated on emissions tests to disguise the fact that supposedly low-emission cars were quite the opposite.)