‘And the Ig Nobel Prize goes to…': Celebrating 2013’s most banal science discoveries
The Ig Nobel Prizes, which takes the mickey out of the real Nobel Prizes as genuine Nobel laureates present awards to those who have made the most banal breakthroughs in the world, is a brilliant, brilliant — and did we say ‘brilliant’? — affair.
This year’s Probability Prize, for instance, deservingly went to a team of researchers who discovered that ‘the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely that cow will soon stand up’ and that ‘once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down again’.
And then there’s the Peace Prize, which was jointly awarded to Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko for making it a crime to applaud in public and the Belarus cops for arresting an applauding one-armed man. Naturally, this makes us want to slow clap.
Via The Guardian