The Ig Nobel prizes are given every year for “achievements that make people LAUGH, and then THINK.” The Annals of Improbable Research, the science humor magazine doles out the awards.
This year 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 Chemistry Prize, awarded to Volkswagen “for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions,” was particularly ignoble.
In the picture above, Thomas Thwaites, in his goat suit, prepares to speak after receiving the Ig Nobel prize in biology from Nobel laureate Eric Maskin (economics, 2007) during ceremonies at Harvard University on Thursday.
Japanese scientists bend over forward to win an Ig Nobel prize for Perception Study. They investigated “whether things look different when you bend over and view them between your legs.”
True, most of the awards were grin-inducing. However, in my opinion, the level of hilarity wasn’t quite as high as at the other years Ig Nobel ceremonies — Ig Nobel 2014 or last the 2015’s Happy 25th Birthday, Ig Nobel.