One widely reported piece of "evidence" were several sound recordings of what the Swedish navy suspected to be foreign submarines.Oceanographers and marine biologists were invited to study the recordings and would eventually find that the sounds heard were most probably produced not by submarines, but in fact were the noises made when herring passed gas.In a reportage by the Swedish science magazine "Vetenskapens värld" ("World of science") televised on 16 April 2012, it's suggested that these findings were important in putting an end to the costly "submarine hunts" which had continued for more than a decade, with Ig Nobel laurate Håkan Westerberg guessing that this would have saved Swedish tax payers hundreds of millions in SEK.
Elena Bodnar demonstrates her invention (a brassiere that can quickly convert into a pair of protective face masks) assisted by Nobel laureates Wolfgang Ketterle (left), Orhan Pamuk, and Paul Krugman (right). REFERENCE: "Creatures of the Night: Chronotypes and the Dark Triad Traits," Peter K. REFERENCE: "Changes in personality profile of young women with latent toxoplasmosis," Jaroslav Flegr and Jan Havlicek, Folia Parasitologica, vol. " Jaroslav Flegr, Marek Preiss, Jiřı́ Klose, Jan Havlı́ček, Martina Vitáková, and Petr Kodym, Biological Psychology, vol. WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Vlastimil Hart, Petra Nováková, Pascal Malkemper, Sabine Begall, Veronika Němcová, Hynek Burda ART PRIZE [ITALY]: Marina de Tommaso, Michele Sardaro, and Paolo Livrea, for measuring the relative pain people suffer while looking at an ugly painting, rather than a pretty painting, while being shot [in the hand] by a powerful laser beam. REFERENCE: "Cambia il Sistema europeo dei conti nazionali e regionali - Sec2010", ISTAT, 2014. WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Eigil Reimers, Sindre Eftestøl NUTRITION PRIZE [SPAIN]: Raquel Rubio, Anna Jofré, Belén Martín, Teresa Aymerich, and Margarita Garriga, for their study titled "Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Infant Faeces as Potential Probiotic Starter Cultures for Fermented Sausages." REFERENCE: "Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Infant Faeces as Potential Probiotic Starter Cultures for Fermented Sausages," Raquel Rubio, Anna Jofré, Belén Martín, Teresa Aymerich, Margarita Garriga, Food Microbiology, vol. The 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, September 12th, 2013 at the 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. REFERENCE: "Auditory stimulation of opera music induced prolongation of murine cardiac allograft survival and maintained generation of regulatory CD4+CD25+ cells," Masateru Uchiyama, Xiangyuan Jin, Qi Zhang, Toshihito Hirai, Atsushi Amano, Hisashi Bashuda and Masanori Niimi, Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, vol. Bushman, Oulmann Zerhouni, Baptiste Subra, Medhi Ourabah, British Journal of Psychology, epub May 15, 2012.
Photo credit: Alexey Eliseev, 2009 Ig Nobel Ceremony CHEMISTRY PRIZE — Callum Ormonde and Colin Raston [AUSTRALIA], and Tom Yuan, Stephan Kudlacek, Sameeran Kunche, Joshua N. Brown, Kaitlin Pugliese, Tivoli Olsen, Mariam Iftikhar, Gregory Weiss [USA], for inventing a chemical recipe to partially un-boil an egg. Jonason, Amy Jones, and Minna Lyons, Personality and Individual Differences, vol. REFERENCE: "Aesthetic value of paintings affects pain thresholds," Marina de Tommaso, Michele Sardaro, and Paolo Livrea, Consciousness and Cognition, vol. REFERENCE: "European System of National and Regional Accounts (ESA 2010)," Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2013. WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Sonal Saraiya ARCTIC SCIENCE PRIZE [NORWAY, GERMANY, USA, CANADA]: Eigil Reimers and Sindre Eftestøl, for testing how reindeer react to seeing humans who are disguised as polar bears. ATTENDING THE CEREMONY: Brad Bushman, Laurent Bègue, Medhi Ourabah JOINT PRIZE IN BIOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY: Marie Dacke [SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA], Emily Baird [SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA, GERMANY], Marcus Byrne [SOUTH AFRICA, UK], Clarke Scholtz [SOUTH AFRICA], and Eric J.
REFERENCE: "Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies," Tom Z. MEDICINE PRIZE [USA, INDIA]: Ian Humphreys, Sonal Saraiya, Walter Belenky and James Dworkin, for treating "uncontrollable" nosebleeds, using the method of nasal-packing-with-strips-of-cured-pork. REFERENCE: "Response Behaviors of Svalbard Reindeer towards Humans and Humans Disguised as Polar Bears on Edgeøya," Eigil Reimers and Sindre Eftestøl, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, vol. Warrant [SWEDEN, AUSTRALIA, GERMANY], for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way. ATTENDING THE CEREMONY: Marie Dacke, Emily Baird, Marcus Byrne, Eric Warrant SAFETY ENGINEERING PRIZE: The late Gustano Pizzo [USA], for inventing an electro-mechanical system to trap airplane hijackers — the system drops a hijacker through trap doors, seals him into a package, then drops the encapsulated hijacker through the airplane's specially-installed bomb bay doors, whence he parachutes to earth, where police, having been alerted by radio, await his arrival. Pizzo, "anti hijacking system for aircraft", May 21, 1972.
This is a list of Ig Nobel Prize winners from 1991 to the present day.
A parody of the Nobel Prizes, the Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded each year in mid-September, around the time the recipients of the genuine Nobel Prizes are announced, for ten achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think." Commenting on the 2006 awards, Marc Abrahams, editor of Annals of Improbable Research and co-sponsor of the awards, said that "The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative, and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology."It has been suggested that the study of this phenomenon has had major political consequences.
Following the sensational stranding of a Soviet submarine deep inside Swedish waters on 27 October 1981, the Swedish navy initiated a large-scale campaign to guard Swedish territorial waters from the perceived threat of infiltration by foreign submarines, despite the Soviets consistently asserting that the stranding had occurred due to navigational errors.
The "submarine hunts", which lasted throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, have been a heavily debated issue in Sweden, as to whether or not there ever was any factual substance to the claims of Soviet infiltration.
Three American Laureates: From Left, William Faulkner receives the 1949 Nobel Prize for literature from King Gustaf VI of Sweden; Saul Bellow receives the 1976 award from Sweden's King Carl Gustaf; Toni Morrison is congratulated by King Carl Gustav after she received the 1993 prize.
2004 Elfriede Jelinek Austrian Writer of Sex, Violence and Politics Wins Nobel Excerpts From Novels 2003 J. Coetzee Coetzee, Writer of Apartheid as Bleak Mirror, Wins Nobel Chronicling Life Perched on a Volcano's Edge as Change Erupts Featured Author: J. Coetzee 2002 Imre Kertsz Hungarian Novelist Wins Nobel Prize in Literature Excerpts From Novels by Imre Kertesz 2001 V. Naipaul Nobel in Literature Goes to Naipaul, an Explorer of Exile A Nobel for Mr.
Naipaul 2000 Gao Xingjian A Chinese-Born Writer Is Winner of the Nobel Sudden Fame on a Quest for Freedom 1999 Gnter Grass Gnter Grass Wins Nobel Prize for Literature Polemical Prize Featured Author: Gnter Grass 1998 Jos Saramago Nobel in Literature Goes to Jos Saramago A Writer With an Ear for the Melody of Peasant Speech 1997 Dario Fo Italy's Barbed Political Jester, Dario Fo, Wins Nobel Prize Using Puns and Pratfalls to Lob Satirical Grenades 1996 Wislawa Szymborska Polish Poet, Observer of Daily Life, Wins Nobel 1995 Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney, Poet, Wins the Nobel Prize An Irishman Reflecting on Mankind's Strivings Featured Author: Seamus Heaney 1994 Kenzaburo Oe Nobel in Literature Goes to Kenzaburo Oe of Japan 1993 Toni Morrison Toni Morrison Is '93 Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature Lifting the Memory of Slavery Into the Realm of Myth 1992 Derek Walcott Walcott, Poet of Caribbean, Is Awarded the Nobel Prize 1991 Nadine Gordimer Nadine Gordimer Is Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature A Chronicler of a Land of Strangers 1990 Octavio Paz Octavio Paz, Mexican Poet, Wins Nobel Prize Laureate Assessed by Man Who Knows Him Best 1989 Camilo Jos Cela Camilo Jose Cela Wins Nobel Prize; Spaniard Broke Taboos in the 40's Spanish Think of Cela as a TV Iconoclast Rather Than a Writer 1988 Naguib Mahfouz Nobel Prize in Literature Awarded To an Arabic Writer for First Time From 'Balzac of Egypt,' Energy and Nuance 1987 Joseph Brodsky Exiled Soviet Poet Wins Nobel Prize in Literature Brodsky's Nobel: What the Applause Was About 1986 Wole Soyinka Soyinka, Nigerian Dramatist, Wins Nobel Literature Prize Writer Says Colleagues Share Spirit of Award 1985 Claude Simon Claude Simon of France Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature Nobel Panel's Pick Keeps Cognoscenti Guessing 1984 Jaroslav Seifert Jaroslav Seifert, Czech Poet, Wins Nobel Literature Prize Little-Known in U.
S., Nobel Poet Praised Here 1983 William Golding Briton Wins the Nobel Literature Prize Author Whose Works Defy Normal Labeling 1982 Gabriel Garca Mrquez Garca Mrquez of Colombia Wins Nobel Literature Prize Storyteller With Bent for Revolution: Gabriel Garca Mrquez 1981 Elias Canetti Writer of Central Europe Wins Nobel Prize Cosmopolitan in Tradition of Goethe 1980 Czeslaw Milosz Polish Poet in U. Get Nobel in Literature Poet, Exile, Laureate 1979 Odysseus Elytis Elytis, Greek Lyric Poet, Is Given the Nobel Award for Literature 1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer Nobel Prize to I. Singer Text of the Nobel Lecture by Isaac Bashevis Singer Featured Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer 1977 Vicente Aleixandre Nobel Prize Is Awarded to Little-Known Spanish Poet 1927 Henri Bergson 1926 Grazia Deledda 1925 George Bernard Shaw 1924 Wladyslaw Reymont 1923 William Butler Yeats Nobel Prize Awarded to William B.