The 2007 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

I saw this morning that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore has won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. But never mind the Nobel Prize. Check out the 2007 Ig Nobel Prizes, awarded last Thursday night, October 4, at the 17th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. Here are some of my favorites from the list.

  • Physics: L. Mahadevan of Harvard University, USA, and Enrique Cerda Villablanca of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, for studying how sheets become wrinkled.
  • Biology: Prof. Dr. Johanna E.M.H. van Bronswijk of Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, for doing a census of all the mites, insects, spiders, pseudoscorpions, crustaceans, bacteria, algae, ferns and fungi with whom we share our beds each night.
  • Literature: Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study of the word “the” — and of the many ways it causes problems for anyone who tries to put things into alphabetical order.
  • Nutrition: Brian Wansink of Cornell University, for exploring the seemingly boundless appetites of human beings, by feeding them with a self-refilling, bottomless bowl of soup.
  • Economics: Kuo Cheng Hsieh, of Taichung, Taiwan, for patenting a device, in the year 2001, that catches bank robbers by dropping a net over them.

Related Link: List of 2007 Nobel Prize Winners

5 Comments

  1. bchallies says:

    A “good” night’s sleep will never be the same!

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Yes, that’s one census report I would rather not read!

  3. Jacob says:

    Someone patented the net idea already? Arrgh! Oh well, I’ve got a better one that uses plexiglass!

  4. lewsta says:

    Jacob, you’ve been watching too much cinema..both have been demonstrated multiple times in film. SO, you wonder, how is it that I am aware of this? Oh, well, just never you mind there…..

    Actually, the thought of AL Gore receiving the Nobel Prize is far more frightening than the study of our nightly sleeping companions..the ones of which we were erstwhile unawares. I well recall the times when REAL winners were selected. People who had contributed positively to the well being of our planet and its denizens. But Al Gore? A very inconvenient truth, that.

  5. Ray Fowler says:

    Jacob: I want to see the plexiglass idea in action – maybe in next year’s Ig Nobels?

    lewsta: So, how exactly is it that you are aware of this? 🙂

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