The annual Ig Nobel Prizes honor science that "makes you laugh, then makes you think." It recognizes the quirky, silly, unorthodox and far-out research that has real science behind it. It's also, hands down, the most fun you can have at an award ceremony all year.
Marc Abrahams holds up this year's prize. The theme of the year was "Food."
Nobel laureate in physics, Frank Wilczek keeps an eye on the ceiling. A number of Nobel winners are kept on hand to hand out the Ig Nobel prizes. The ceremony is held at the Sanders Theater at Harvard, where you can't swing an ivy vine without hitting a Nobel laureate.
QI, opens the ceremony with the illumination help of night's night's other Human Spotlight, Jim Bredt who is also one of the inventors of 3-D printing.
slipping on a banana peel.
University of Toronto neurologist Kang Lee accepts his team's neuroscience prize from Nobel laureate Carol Greider, for studying why people claim they see Jesus in unexpected places.
dangers of cat ownership. The solution: Little Miss Sweetie-Poo is on hand to insist that the speaker "Please stop, I'm bored!"
Physics professor Melissa Franklin was designated the night's official V-chip monitor, tasked with keeping the evening's proceeding clean. Nobel laureate Eric Maskin looks nervous about his talk on economics...
magnetic alignment of pooping dogs got the OK.
Soylent. Fellow Nobel laureate Richard Roberts, is having none of it.