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. ISTAT — the Italian government's National Institute of Statistics, for proudly taking the lead in fulfilling the European Union mandate for each country to increase the official size of its national economy by including revenues from prostitution, illegal drug sales, smuggling, and all other unlawful financial transactions between willing participants.
Publications Office of the European Union, Ian Humphreys , Sonal Saraiya , Walter Belenky and James Dworkin, for treating "uncontrollable" nosebleeds, using the method of nasal-packing-with-strips-of-cured-pork.
The winners were unable to attend the ceremony; they delivered their acceptance speech via video. The ceremony was webcast live. You can watch the video on our youTube Channel. Warrant, Current Biology, epub January 24, 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.
US Patent , Gustano A. Pizzo, "anti hijacking system for aircraft" , May 21, Brian Crandall [USA] and Peter Stahl [CANADA, USA], for parboiling a dead shrew, and then swallowing the shrew without chewing, and then carefully examining everything excreted during subsequent days — all so they could see which bones would dissolve inside the human digestive system, and which bones would not.
Stahl and Brian D. Crandall, Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. Alexander Lukashenko , president of Belarus , for making it illegal to applaud in public , AND to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding. First, that the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely that cow will soon stand up; and Second, that once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down again. Morgan, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, vol.
Kasian Bhanganada, Tu Chayavatana, Chumporn Pongnumkul, Anunt Tonmukayakul, Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Krit Komaratal, and Henry Wilde, for the medical techniques described in their report "Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam" — techniques which they recommend, except in cases where the amputated penis had been partially eaten by a duck.
Nobel laureate Eric Maskin read aloud the acceptance speech sent by the winners. Guadalupe and Rolf A. Zwaan, Psychological Science, vol. Craig Bennett , Abigail Baird , Michael Miller , and George Wolford [USA], for demonstrating that brain researchers, by using complicated instruments and simple statistics, can see meaningful brain activity anywhere — even in a dead salmon.
Miller, and George L. Wolford, Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results, vol. 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.
Warren, and Robin C. Ball, Physical Review Letters, vol. Why Does It Spill? Chimpanzee Sex Perception " Frans B. Pokorny, Advanced Science Letters, vol. Lerebours, European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. We are now, in , correcting an error we made in the year , when we failed to include one winner's name. We now correct that, awarding a share of the physics prize to Joseph Keller.
Professor Keller is also a co-winner of the Ig Nobel physics prize, making him a two-time Ig Nobel winner. The corrected citation is: Keller, Physics of Fluids, vol. Keller, Physics of Fluids A: Makoto Imai, Naoki Urushihata, Hideki Tanemura, Yukinobu Tajima, Hideaki Goto, Koichiro Mizoguchi and Junichi Murakami of JAPAN, for determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi pungent horseradish to awaken sleeping people in case of a fire or other emergency, and for applying this knowledge to invent the wasabi alarm.
Product info [from Seems, Inc. Snyder , Robert H. Pietrzak, David Darby, Robert A. Maruff, Neurology and Urodynamics, vol. To be a high achiever, always work on something important, using it as a way to avoid doing something that's even more important.
Later republished elsewhere under the title "Structured Procrastination. Colleague Deborah Wilkes accepted the prize on behalf of Professor Perry. Rentz, Journal of the Australian Entomological Society, vol. The winners accepted via recorded video. John Senders of the University of Toronto, CANADA, for conducting a series of safety experiments in which a person drives an automobile on a major highway while a visor repeatedly flaps down over his face, blinding him.
Simon Rietveld of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Ilja van Beest of Tilburg University, The Netherlands, for discovering that symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride.
Lianne Parkin , Sheila Williams , and Patricia Priest of the University of Otago, New Zealand, for demonstrating that, on icy footpaths in wintertime, people slip and fall less often if they wear socks on the outside of their shoes. Mathews, and Larry A. Taylor, Applied Microbiology, vol.
Barbeito was unable to travel, due to health reasons. A representative read his acceptance speech for him. The executives and directors of Goldman Sachs , AIG , Lehman Brothers , Bear Stearns , Merrill Lynch , and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money — ways that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk for the world economy, or for a portion thereof.
Catherine Douglas was unable to travel because she recently gave birth; she sent a photo of herself, her new daughter dressed in a cow suit, and a cow.
Stephan Bolliger, Steffen Ross , Lars Oesterhelweg , Michael Thali and Beat Kneubuehl of the University of Bern, Switzerland, for determining — by experiment — whether it is better to be smashed over the head with a full bottle of beer or with an empty bottle. Thali and Beat P. Kneubuehl, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, vol. The directors, executives, and auditors of four Icelandic banks — Kaupthing Bank, Landsbanki, Glitnir Bank, and Central Bank of Iceland — for demonstrating that tiny banks can be rapidly transformed into huge banks, and vice versa — and for demonstrating that similar things can be done to an entire national economy.
Report of the Special Investigation Commission , issued April 12, Also published as Reviews on Advanced Materials Science , vol. Unger, of Thousand Oaks, California, USA, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand — but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand — every day for more than sixty 60 years.
Unger, Arthritis and Rheumatism, vol. Shapiro of the University of Texas, USA, for analytically determining why pregnant women don't tip over. Ireland's police service An Garda Siochana , for writing and presenting more than fifty traffic tickets to the most frequent driving offender in the country — Prawo Jazdy — whose name in Polish means "Driving License".
Massimiliano Zampini of the University of Trento, Italy and Charles Spence of Oxford University, UK, for electronically modifying the sound of a potato chip to make the person chewing the chip believe it to be crisper and fresher than it really is.