Just as the Razzies are to the Oscars, the Ig Nobels precede the prestigious Nobel event with a more amusing take on the proceedings.
Constipated scorpions, love at first sight inspire Ig Nobels
The sex lives of constipated scorpions, cute ducklings with an innate sense of physics and a life-size rubber moose may not appear to have much in common, but they all inspired the winners of this year’s Ig Nobels, the prize for comical scientific achievement.
Held less than a month before the actual Nobel Prizes are announced, Thursday’s 32nd annual Ig Nobel prize ceremony was for the third year in a row a pre-recorded affair webcast on the Annals of Improbable Research magazine’s website.
The winners, honoured in 10 categories, also included scientists who found that when people on a blind date are attracted to each other, their heart rates synchronise, and researchers who looked at why legal documents can be so utterly baffling, even to lawyers themselves.
Even though the ceremony was pre-recorded, it retained much of the fun of the live event usually held at Harvard University.