Crackpots Celebrated

I’ve put this off long enough and since I have some spare time, mind as well just write it straight away.

Well, nobel prize have been long given away but there’s another equally prestigious prize that have people wondering: ” Was it benificial to mankind?” Ig Nobel prize was given out to scientist that have the strangest yet still might be useful for everyone experimental reports and results. It’s more like a parody to Nobel prize, at least you get to throw paper airplanes to the laureates. It used to be held at MIT and but now in Harvard University. Of course, one who litters the other sweeps, therefore there is a “keeper of the broom”, who’s suppose to be physics professor but don’t let his pixillated manner fool you, he’s a genuine Nobel laureate.

Anyway, the prize has been given out since 1991. Here’s my picks for the last 16 years:

1992- Literature- Yuri Struchkov, unstoppable author from the Institute of Organoelement Compounds in Moscow, for the 948 scientific papers he published between the years 1981 and 1990, averaging more than one every 3.9 days.

1993- Medicine – Presented to James F. Nolan, Thomas J. Stillwell, and John P. Sands, Jr., medical men of mercy, for their painstaking research report, “Acute Management of the Zipper-Entrapped Penis.”

1993- Peace – The Pepsi-Cola Company of the Philippines, for sponsoring a contest to create a millionaire, and then announcing the wrong winning number, thereby inciting and uniting 800,000 riotously expectant winners, and bringing many warring factions together for the first time in their nation’s history.

1994- Mathematics – Presented to The Southern Baptist Church of Alabama, mathematical measurers of morality, for their county-by-county estimate of how many Alabama citizens will go to Hell if they don’t repent.

1994- Psychology – Presented to Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore, for his thirty-year study of the effects of punishing three million citizens of Singapore whenever they spat, chewed gum, or fed pigeons.

1995- Peace – Presented to the Taiwan National Parliament, for demonstrating that politicians gain more by punching, kicking and gouging each other than by waging war against other nations.

1996- Physics – Presented to Robert Matthews of Aston University, England, for his studies of Murphy’s Law, and especially for demonstrating that toast often falls on the buttered side.

1997- Literature – Presented to Doron Witztum, Eliyahu Rips, and Yoav Rosenberg of Israel, and to Michael Drosnin of the United States, for their statistical discovery that the Bible contains a secret, hidden code.

1999- Medicine – Presented to Dr. Arvid Vatle of Stord, Norway, for carefully collecting, classifying, and contemplating which kinds of containers his patients chose when submitting urine samples.

The list could go on and on. Why not just check it at Ig Nobel’s Improbable Research website. So whenever you’re on to some crazy stuff, remember, it could be for the greater good of mother earth, or if, might earn you some recognition.


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