Dr. Elena Bodnar, the Ig Nobel, 2010 laureate for Public Health
demonstrating a bra she designed that converts into a gas mask
Yes, you heard it right ! It’s the Ig Nobel Prize. The Ig Nobel Prize, a spoof on the original Nobel, honours those achievements that first makes people laugh, and then makes them think. It is intended to celebrate the unusual, honour the imaginative and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology.The honours are announced by the Annals of Improbable Research in the Netherlands.
Every year, at a gala ceremony in Harvard's Sanders Theatre, the honours, carrying little cash but much cachet are handed out by genuinely bemused, genuine Nobel laureates
THE 2012 Ig NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS
Anita Eerland and Rolf Zwaan and Tulio Guadalupe for their study "Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller".
The SKN Company of Russia for converting old Russian ammunition into new diamonds.
Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada of Japan for creating the SpeechJammer — a machine that disrupts a person's speech, by making them hear their own spoken words at a very slight delay.
Craig Bennett of the USA for demonstrating that brain researchers, using complicated instruments and simple statistics, can see meaningful brain activity anywhere — even in a dead salmon.
Johan Pettersson of Sweden and Rwanda for solving the puzzle of why, in certain houses in Sweden, people's hair turned green.
The US Government General Accountability Office, for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.
Joseph Keller, Raymond Goldstein Patrick Warren, and Robin Ball, for calculating the balance of forces that shape and move the hair in a human ponytail.
FLUID DYNAMICS PRIZE
Rouslan Krechetnikov and Hans Mayer for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks while carrying a cup of coffee.
Frans de Waal and Jennifer Pokorny for discovering that chimpanzees can identify other chimpanzees individually from seeing photographs of their rear ends.
Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimize the chance that their patients will explode.