The Ig Nobel Prizes: Rewarding the World's Unlikeliest Research

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Plume Book, 2004 - Humor - 240 pages
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The Nobel Prize recognizes the world¬'s most talented and innovative minds. Unfortunately, not all of the hopeful thinkers and academics around the globe can become Nobel laureates, but some are lucky enough to win the Ig Nobel Prize instead.

Drawn from the world¬'s wackiest actual research, The Ig Nobel Prizes demonstrates the extreme measures that people will take in the quest for knowledge, and pays tribute to those individuals whose achievements cannot¬—or should not¬—be reproduced. Recent Ig Nobel honorees include:
¥ The professor who proved that toast falls buttered side down more often than not
¥ The Southern Baptist Church of Alabama which devised a formula to determine how many Alabamans will go to hell
¬• The founder of the amusement park known as ¬“Stalin World¬”

Featuring these endeavors and many more, The Ig Nobel Prizes is an entertaining exhibition of brains and determination.

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User Review  - Pat Shackleford - Goodreads

Although I despise the kind of "let's be brainy but try not to be edgy"-humor that is used. That is not too overdone and it's readable for people like me. The information is interesting and it doesn't go into patronizing the subjects. Read full review

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User Review  - Ashland Mystery Oregon - Goodreads

A ridiculous book with touches of value for the time spent leafing through it. I've had this book on my shelf for years and had to read it so that I could clear the shelf. Ok. So. The Annals of ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Controversy
9
MEDICAL
15
Elevator Music Prevents
23
Ignorance Is Bliss
31
Dying to Save Taxes
43
PEACEDIPLOMACY
51
Stalin World
59
DISCOVERIES
93
The Remembrance of Water
106
The Collapse of Toilets
120
HELLISH TECHNICALITIES
145
FilterEquipped Underwear
159
No Need for Food
174
EDUCATION
191
Acknowledgments
234

Pacific Kaboom
70
HighVelocity Birth
78
Copyright

About the author (2004)

Marc Abrahams is the editor and cofounder of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), its online counterpart, www.improbable.com, and the monthly e-newsletter mini-AIR. The founding father and master of ceremonies of the annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony at Harvard University, Abrahams has a degree in applied mathematics from Harvard. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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