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2010 Ig Nobel prizes awarded


It’s that special time of year again when great achievements that elicit a giggle before a thoughtful nod are given their due. How could an award ceremony whose theme is “bacteria” not be a winner for everyone? This year’s ceremonies seem to have been good fun for all, with the obvious exception of the recipients of this year’s economics prize who were conspicuously missing from the festivities.

This year’s winners included:

Simon Rietveld of the University of Amsterdam whose discovery that roller coaster rides are an excellent antidote for severe asthma symptoms secured him the prize in Medicine.

Lianne Parkin, Sheila Williams, and Patricia Priest of the University of Otago, New Zealand won the Physics award for the dorky yet practical solution to traversing icy walkways: Where your socks outside of your shoes.

Manuel Barbeito, Charles Mathews and Larry Taylor of the Industrial Health and Safety Office, Fort Detrick, Maryland scored in the category of Public Health for discovering that bearded scientists are a bit more germy than the clean-shaven variety.

The missing Economic prize recipients were – surprise, surprise:

“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.”

For the full list check out Neatorama.


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