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The Ig Nobels Are Tonight

timothy posted 1 year,5 days | from the much-much-thicker-in-the-middle dept.

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alphadogg writes "Harvard University's August Sanders Theater will play host tonight to a glittering collection of scientific luminaries, in a ceremony dedicated to recognizing some of the most important research of the year. And it will probably involve stuff like green hair, dead salmon brains, and monkey butts. Yes, it's time again for the annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, where the weirdest and least useful scientific discoveries of the year are paraded before the public in a festival of bizarre nerd pageantry." Slashdot programmer David Hand will be in the crowd, too, triggering a flood of justified envy. Update: 09/13 14:23 GMT by S : Here are the winners.

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It's really... (0)

sls1j (580823) | 1 year,5 days | (#44835311)

just the latest NSA robot used for spying....

Will there be an "ig-Nobel Peace" prize ? (5, Funny)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | 1 year,5 days | (#44836441)

I hope they will spring a surprise for us and add an "ig-Nobel Peacec" prize, and award it to Obama.

Re:Will there be an "ig-Nobel Peace" prize ? (1)

RaceProUK (1137575) | 1 year,4 days | (#44839919)

There is a Peace Prize, but not for Obama:

PEACE PRIZE: 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. - See more at: http://www.improbable.com/ig/winners/#sthash.YXMyvdvW.dpuf [improbable.com]

Science vs. Economics (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,5 days | (#44835343)

Science is very similar to evolution, not every effort will produce 'substantial output'.
But if noone ever tried crazy things we would not sit here reading and typing on our semi-magical devices.

I have great respect for every scientist who encreases our knowledge - and be it just for the lulz!

my favorite winner: 2008 Economics (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,5 days | (#44835375)

ECONOMICS PRIZE. Geoffrey Miller, Joshua Tybur and Brent Jordan of the University of New Mexico, USA, for discovering that professional lap dancers earn higher tips when they are ovulating.

http://www.improbable.com/ig/winners/

Re:my favorite winner: 2008 Economics (1)

FishOuttaWater (1163787) | 1 year,5 days | (#44835575)

That is something special, yes.

Re:my favorite winner: 2008 Economics (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#44839679)

My favorite is the 2003 prize for fluid dynamics: Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow and Jozsef Gal for using basic principles of physics to calculate the pressure that builds up inside a penguin, as detailed in their report "Pressures Produced When Penguins Pooh -- Calculations on Avian Defaecation."

Envy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,5 days | (#44835389)

I don't think so. I talked my way in back in '93 or '94. 'Twas worth doing once I suppose.

Kinda like the curly perm I got sometime in the 80s.

There is an Ig Nobel Peace prize? (2, Interesting)

gmuslera (3436) | 1 year,5 days | (#44835409)

Obama should get that one too.

Re:There is an Ig Nobel Peace prize? (1)

JSG (82708) | 1 year,5 days | (#44836257)

Why?

Re:There is an Ig Nobel Peace prize? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,5 days | (#44836423)

Because he's using the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded as a paperweight, holding down his Syrian war plans.

Re:There is an Ig Nobel Peace prize? (2)

quenda (644621) | 1 year,5 days | (#44836731)

The ignoble Peace prize is to be abandoned.

They realised it was impossible to be any more bizarre or improbable than the real Nobel Peace Prize.

How can you top the 1973 award to Kissinger and Le Duc Tho to end the Vietnam war?
Or legendary snake-oil promoter Linus Pauling,
convicted terrorists including Yasir Arafat and Nelson Mandela (OK, maybe) ,
an AIDS conspiracy theorist, and various war criminals.

Obama really won the inaugural "not being GW Bush prize", but that turned out to have been a little premature.

Re:There is an Ig Nobel Peace prize? (2)

sFurbo (1361249) | 1 year,4 days | (#44838699)

Obama really won the inaugural "not being GW Bush prize", but that turned out to have been a little premature.

To be fair, he did turn out not to be GW Bush. Whether he was a step forward is another story.

Re:There is an Ig Nobel Peace prize? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#44838837)

I dunno, have we ever seen Obama and Bush in the same room together?

Re: There is an Ig Nobel Peace prize? (1)

Convector (897502) | 1 year,4 days | (#44839463)

Yes. At the inauguration for one. Unless you're suggesting that one of them was a replicant...

Re: There is an Ig Nobel Peace prize? (1)

allaunjsilverfox2 (882195) | 1 year,4 days | (#44840169)

Yes. At the inauguration for one. Unless you're suggesting that one of them was a replicant...

No, the meeting was to engage the body swapping equipment. I mean, When was the last time you heard G.W. Bush SAY anything.

Re: There is an Ig Nobel Peace prize? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#44840505)

You are all missing the point! The actual president of the United States is a sentient pretzel-like creature. It left Bush's body a few years ago leaving an empty shell to rule the world until it came back on Obama.

Re: There is an Ig Nobel Peace prize? (1)

khelms (772692) | 1 year,4 days | (#44843471)

Please stop, I'm bored!

August Sanders Theater (4, Informative)

trb (8509) | 1 year,5 days | (#44835451)

It may be Harvard University's august Sanders Theater. It is not Harvard University's August Sanders Theater. It was not named for a person called August Sanders.

Re:August Sanders Theater (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,5 days | (#44835561)

It was not named for a person called August Sanders.

Plus its almost halfway into September now! Sheesh.

Re:August Sanders Theater (1)

M. Baranczak (726671) | 1 year,5 days | (#44836815)

Slashdot is usually late posting these stories. It's to be expected.

Re:August Sanders Theater (4, Funny)

Quasimodem (719423) | 1 year,5 days | (#44836117)

August is Col. Harland Sanders brother, and the inventor of the bucket. Without August's pioneering efforts in chicken containers, you'd bring home Col. Sanders' Kentucky Fried Chicken by the poke.

Re:August Sanders Theater (1)

sjames (1099) | 1 year,4 days | (#44838517)

And a good thing too! Poking chickens is illegal in several states.

You never know (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,5 days | (#44835459)

Yes, it's time again for the annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, where the weirdest and least useful scientific discoveries of the year are paraded before the public in a festival of bizarre nerd pageantry.

Mathematics is a prime example of where "useless" research ended up making billionaires out of dorks - see the founders of Google.

Then again, useless Marketing research helps morons start useless lame companies - see everyone in Silicone Valley in 2013 - all lamoes - every single one of them.

How to tell if a company is going to fail? Is it based in SF? Yep! Gonna fail!

Track record?! Plah-ease! Most entrepreneurs are one hit wonders - if they are LUCKY! The rest are morons. If they are in Francisco, then they are liars, cheats, and idiots.

remember that kids, ALL startups in San francisco are frauds.

Re:You never know (1)

JSG (82708) | 1 year,5 days | (#44836067)

Do you actually remember what search engines looked like before Google came on the scene?

They were awful and ad ridden (cf the modern Google - it's rather subtle) and shallow. I moved my home page away from Altavista pretty smartish when I heard of them.

Fault them all you like but G's founders filled a niche nicely with good (enough) maths/algorithms and a canny eye for user requirements and as it turns out by results: good business sense.

They do evil by default nowadays but they are still pretty good at the basic premise - search.

AC - I see you as a kid until you uncloak - twat.

Cheers
Jon

Re:You never know (1)

basecastula (2556196) | 1 year,4 days | (#44842513)

Sounds like you live here.

SO? TO-MORROW IS THE THIRTEENTH !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,5 days | (#44835499)

Oh, and FREIDAY !!

Ugh! (1)

FishOuttaWater (1163787) | 1 year,5 days | (#44835565)

You could have posted this *before* the live video started...

Would love to hear crickets chirping there (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | 1 year,5 days | (#44835841)

Using their little mechanical gear limbs to rub their legs against their wings.

Link to video (3, Informative)

DogDude (805747) | 1 year,5 days | (#44835899)

The link to the video of the awards is less than obvious on their web page...

2012 Ignoble Awards [livestream.com]

Where are the nerds (3, Funny)

JSG (82708) | 1 year,5 days | (#44835933)

This is real news for nerds.

I note that the story above about the NSA inventing a new magnifying glass and can now read text down to 2 point or something has shit loads of comments but this one has very few.

Come on you buggers, comment here where it really counts.

Oh - you can't hear me no matter how hard I tap the keys ...... bugger

Cheers
Jon

Re:Where are the nerds (1)

JSG (82708) | 1 year,5 days | (#44835949)

... and me with Mod points 'n' all

Kids today.

Re:Where are the nerds (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,5 days | (#44836367)

Well at least Slashdot programmer David Hand was able to take a break from working on implementing unicode support and attend on our behalf.

Re:Where are the nerds (2)

daniel23 (605413) | 1 year,5 days | (#44836675)

I hate to bring the news but the unicode task has been completed ("not worth the effort for the foreigners") while he team is busy now with ssl ("not worth the effort since the nsa ...") and IPv6 ("not worth the effort, hex between colons hurts the eyes")

Re:Where are the nerds (1)

DogDude (805747) | 1 year,5 days | (#44837637)

If it isn't about a screen, people don't really care these days.

Here's my photo stream (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,5 days | (#44837151)

2013 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony [google.com] Photos from the peanut gallery.

Re:Here's my photo stream (1)

basecastula (2556196) | 1 year,4 days | (#44842621)

Cool pix. Looks like a fun event. Why is that tall women in silver standing next to the podium?

Genuinely jealous (2)

kruach aum (1934852) | 1 year,5 days | (#44838275)

that I couldn't attend. I got lost on the way, there was so much light pollution I couldn't see the milky way.

Envious of what? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,4 days | (#44838903)

Slashdot programmer David Hand will be in the crowd, too, triggering a flood of justified envy.

This sentence makes no sense in the context of the summary. Envy on the part of whom? The scientists? Why would they be envious of David Hand? Because he's a programmer? A member of Slashdot? Both?
 
If we on Slashdot are supposed to be envious of David Hand, I still don't understand. I don't see that there's anything of which to be envious. I neither know David Hand, nor wish to attend this ceremony.
 
Slashdot "editing" at its finest. Nice job, Timothy.

Timely! (1)

GrumpySteen (1250194) | 1 year,4 days | (#44841445)

I like how this post went nearly an hour after the webcast started.

Fun research (1)

basecastula (2556196) | 1 year,4 days | (#44842557)

Does this sound like fun research to you? If so, pass that enthusiasm along to the next generation. Come on, send a mass text or email. Tell somebody about it. Showing people that science can be a fun thing is what we need right now. Of course, most slashdotters already know this, but maybe Dice will take note.
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