You should listen to the Ig Nobel 2013 Ceremony

The opera/heart transplant/mice team sings their acceptance speech. Photo by Mike Benveniste/ Improbable Research
The opera/heart transplant/mice team sings their acceptance speech. Photo by Mike Benveniste/ Improbable Research

The Ig Nobel Prizes are given out every year to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then makes them think”. You may have heard of them already for rewarding prizes to, let’s say, unusual achievements. This year is no different. There was research into dung beetles, confirmation that people think they’re more attractive when they’re drunk and many other things.

Science Friday devoted almost an hour to the 2013 awards and it’s well worth listening to. The lecture and 24/7 talks at the start were excellent and I love how they enforce the time limit on speakers. Miss Sweetie Poo does a great job!


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