IgNobel Prizes awarded (and livestreamed) this evening

September 17, 2015 • 3:00 pm

“It’s like the weirdest f-ing thing that you’ll ever go to… it’s a collection of, like, actual Nobel Prize winners giving away prizes to real scientists for doing f’d-up things… it’s awesome.”Amanda Palmer

Reader Diane G. informs me that the annual IgNobel Prizes will be awarded at Harvard this evening, with the awards handed out by Genuine Nobel Laureates. The ceremony is always a hoot, and this year’s gala is described here. The ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. Eastern US time, and you can see them livestreamed at this site

28 thoughts on “IgNobel Prizes awarded (and livestreamed) this evening

    1. Hope it will be available soon. NPRs Science Friday usually broadcasts audio of the ceremony sometime in November, but that is a long way off.

      One of the best award ceremonies ever. They really know how to keep the speeches short–a technique that other award shows should copy.

  1. Having had two colonoscopies, I am grateful for the 2012

    MEDICINE PRIZE: Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti [FRANCE] for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimize the chance that their patients will explode.

    1. I had 2 colonoscopy this year, and 4 endocopies in the last 18 months or so. My gastrointestinal track is well explored (including the camera capsule ingestion).

        1. That is the only way they can inspect the meters of small intestine without surgery, but it does not give a good view of the upper tract or colon.

          1. There was of course that Republican rep from Idaho who suggested that pregnancy tests could be done by swallowing a one of those camera devices, and had to receive a patient, tactfully worded lesson on female anatomy…

            1. The explanation should have been carried out in sign language.
              How did I miss this post first time around? Busy.

              1. I think I’ll skip. I’m trying to get something off U-tube at the moment, and it’s got another 2 and a half hours to go to finish downloading.

    1. Ya see, right there, that’s the problem. I showed my wife that once, and now, whenever I start talking about my atheism, “I’m bored, please stop; I’m bored, please stop”.
      It works.

    1. There is a funny picture circulating on the Tweeter (which I cannot figure out to post here) which says: ‘I hope Ahmad walks back into that school like…’
      You can find it.

  2. Many delightful moments.

    I liked the 7-word talk: “Grumpy cat can actually make us happy.”

    May wonder about benefits of intense kissing the next time that happens to me.

    The plungers on the chicken butts was cool.

  3. Well, the prizes are now up.

    That last biology one…dude!!! That’s above and beyond the call. I doubt its irreproducible so much as “nobody is going to reproduce that.”

    1. It hurts to read it!

      Stings to the nostril were especially violent, immediately inducing sneezing, tears and a copious flow of mucus. The sting did autotomize in the nostril (self-severed when the bee was pulled away). The copious mucus flow, however, may help prevent subsequent stings to the area during a natural attack.

      2015 winners:


      I can totally identify with the Medicine prize, having taken an interminable ambulance ride with a burst appendix last year.

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