The 18th "First Annual Ig Nobel Awards" ceremony honors the best (weirdest) scientific research.
As you doubtless know, the Ig Nobel awards recognize "research that first makes people laugh and then think." Past winners include the inventor of the plastic lawn flamingo (Don Featherstone) and an observer of homosexual necrophiliac ducks (Kees Moeliker ... a man to keep a wary eye on at parties).
Oh, how I wish I'd been at This Year's Ceremony. The ten winners traveled to the ceremony (at their own expense) from several continents and they received their prizes from genuine Nobel Laureates.
In particular, I wish I'd been able to hear the "24/7" lectures, where leading researchers from around the world each explain their subject twice: first as a complete technical description in only twenty-four (24) seconds, and then as a clear summary that anyone can understand in only seven (7) words.
I love stuff like this!
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