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Ig Nobel Prizes

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ISBN-10: 0525947531

ISBN-13: 9780525947530

Edition: 2003

Authors: Marc Abrahams

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A sidesplitting compendium that pays tribute to those individuals whose scientific achievements cannot or should not be reproduced. Everyone knows about the Nobel Prizes, those prestigious awards that recognize the world's most talented and innovative minds. Unfortunately, not all of the hopeful thinkers and academics around the globe can become Nobel Laureates, but some are lucky enough to win the esteemed Ig Nobel Prizeinstead. Their unbelievable accomplishments are now documented in glorious detail in The Ig Nobel Prizes: The Annals of Improbable Research. Drawn from the world's wackiest actual scientific research, The Ig Nobel Prizesdemonstrates the extreme measures people will take…    
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/29/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Marc Abrahams writes the 'Improbable Research' column for the Guardian and is the author of This Is Improbable (978-1-85168-975-0). He is editor of the science humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research and founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, which are presented annually at Harvard. Abrahams and the Igs have been covered by the BBC, New Scientist, Daily Mail, The Times, and numerous other outlets internationally. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Introduction
What's an Ig?
How It Began, Briefly
How the Winners Are Chosen
The Ceremony
Controversy
How to Read This Book
Medical Breakthroughs
Failure of Electric Shock Treatment for Rattlesnake Envenomation
Nose Picking in Adolescents
Elevator Music Prevents the Common Cold
Psychology and Intelligence
A Forbidding Experiment: Spitting, Chewing Gum, and Pigeons
Ignorance Is Bliss
Economics
Squeezing Orange County/Bringing Down Barings
The Good Lloyd's Shepherds Insure Disaster
Dying to Save Taxes
Enron--and Then Some (and Then None)
Peace--Diplomacy and Persuasion
The Levitating Crime Fighters
Daryl Gates, the Gandhi of Los Angeles
Stalin World
Peaceful Ejaculations and Explosions
Booming Voices of Britain
Father of the Bomb
Pacific Kaboom
Love and/or Reproduction
The Compulsive Biochemistry of Love
High-Velocity Birth
Taking Fatherhood in Hand
Insert Here
Height, Penile Length, and Foot Size
Discoveries--Basic Science
The Happiness of Clams
Cold Fusion in Chickens
Mini-Dinosaurs, Mini-Princesses
The Remembrance of Water Passed
Discoveries--Things That Rise or Fall
Injuries Due to Falling Coconuts
The Fall of Buttered Toast
The Collapse of Toilets in Glasgow
Levitating Frogs
Troy and the Grizzly Bear
Troy and the Grizzly Bear
Inventions
The Most Inventive Salesman
The Kitty and the Keyboard
Patenting the Wheel
Hellish Technicalities
Who Is Going to Hell
Mikhail Gorbachev Is the Antichrist
Scents and Sensibility
The Self-Perfuming Business Suit
Filter-Equipped Underwear
Food for Thought
Extremely Instant Barbecue
Sogginess at Breakfast
The Effects of Ale, Garlic, and Soured Cream on the Appetite of Leeches
No Need for Food
How to Make a Cup of Tea, Officially
The Sociology of Canadian Donut Shops
The Optimal Way to Dunk a Biscuit
Education
Banning the Beaker
Deepak Chopra
Dan Quayle
Literature
976 Coauthors in Search of a Title
The Father of Junk E-mail
Appendices
Year-by-Year List of Winners
How to Nominate Someone
The Web Site
About the Annals of Improbable Research
Acknowledgments
Index