The 2012 Ig Nobel Prizes – Coming Soon!

You’ve heard of the Nobel Prizes. Every year, the greatest achievements in medicine, physics, chemistry, economics, peace and literature are awarded to much media fanfare. And that’s great – but what about the research and work being done that’s a little unusual, bizarre, or just ridiculously imaginative?

That’s where the Ig Nobel Prizes come in.

Every year since 1991, the magazine Annals of Improbable Research awards people making the strangest achievements in 10 categories, such as chemistry, medicine, engineering, psychology, literature, biology, physics, mathematics, peace, public safety and others. It’s not enough for the recipients to just have accomplished something strange, though. The slogan of the awards sums it up: “research that makes you LAUGH, and then THINK.”

Here are just some of the awards given, taken at random:

The list goes on. The award ceremony takes place at Harvard on September 20 and I’ll be bringing you the details.

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