Annals of Improbable Research, Vol. 17, No. 6

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Alle prijzen zijn inclusief BTW en andere heffingen en exclusief eventuele verzendkosten en servicekosten. Zwaan, Psychological Science, vol. Craig Bennett , Abigail Baird , Michael Miller , and George Wolford [USA], for demonstrating that brain researchers, by using complicated instruments and simple statistics, can see meaningful brain activity anywhere — even in a dead salmon. An argument for multiple comparisons correction ," Craig M. Miller, and George L. Wolford, Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results, vol.

The US Government General Accountability Office, for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports. Warren, and Robin C. Ball, Physical Review Letters, vol. Why Does It Spill? Chimpanzee Sex Perception " Frans B. Pokorny, Advanced Science Letters, vol.

Lerebours, European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. We are now, in , correcting an error we made in the year , when we failed to include one winner's name. We now correct that, awarding a share of the physics prize to Joseph Keller. Professor Keller is also a co-winner of the Ig Nobel physics prize, making him a two-time Ig Nobel winner.

The corrected citation is: Keller, Physics of Fluids, vol. Keller, Physics of Fluids A: Makoto Imai, Naoki Urushihata, Hideki Tanemura, Yukinobu Tajima, Hideaki Goto, Koichiro Mizoguchi and Junichi Murakami of JAPAN, for determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi pungent horseradish to awaken sleeping people in case of a fire or other emergency, and for applying this knowledge to invent the wasabi alarm.

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Snyder , Robert H. Pietrzak, David Darby, Robert A. Maruff, Neurology and Urodynamics, vol. To be a high achiever, always work on something important, using it as a way to avoid doing something that's even more important. Later republished elsewhere under the title "Structured Procrastination. Colleague Deborah Wilkes accepted the prize on behalf of Professor Perry. Rentz, Journal of the Australian Entomological Society, vol. John Senders of the University of Toronto, CANADA, for conducting a series of safety experiments in which a person drives an automobile on a major highway while a visor repeatedly flaps down over his face, blinding him.

Simon Rietveld of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Ilja van Beest of Tilburg University, The Netherlands, for discovering that symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride. Lianne Parkin , Sheila Williams , and Patricia Priest of the University of Otago, New Zealand, for demonstrating that, on icy footpaths in wintertime, people slip and fall less often if they wear socks on the outside of their shoes.

Mathews, and Larry A. Taylor, Applied Microbiology, vol. Barbeito was unable to travel, due to health reasons.

A representative read his acceptance speech for him. 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 — ways that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk for the world economy, or for a portion thereof.

Alessandro Pluchino , Andrea Rapisarda , and Cesare Garofalo of the University of Catania, Italy, for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random. Catherine Douglas was unable to travel because she recently gave birth; she sent a photo of herself, her new daughter dressed in a cow suit, and a cow. Stephan Bolliger, Steffen Ross , Lars Oesterhelweg , Michael Thali and Beat Kneubuehl of the University of Bern, Switzerland, for determining — by experiment — whether it is better to be smashed over the head with a full bottle of beer or with an empty bottle.

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Kneubuehl, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, vol. The directors, executives, and auditors of four Icelandic banks — Kaupthing Bank, Landsbanki, Glitnir Bank, and Central Bank of Iceland — for demonstrating that tiny banks can be rapidly transformed into huge banks, and vice versa — and for demonstrating that similar things can be done to an entire national economy.

Report of the Special Investigation Commission , issued April 12, Also published as Reviews on Advanced Materials Science , vol. Unger, of Thousand Oaks, California, USA, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand — but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand — every day for more than sixty 60 years. Unger, Arthritis and Rheumatism, vol. Shapiro of the University of Texas, USA, for analytically determining why pregnant women don't tip over. Ireland's police service An Garda Siochana , for writing and presenting more than fifty traffic tickets to the most frequent driving offender in the country — Prawo Jazdy — whose name in Polish means "Driving License".

Bodnar , Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, Illinois, USA, for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks , one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander. Massimiliano Zampini of the University of Trento, Italy and Charles Spence of Oxford University, UK, for electronically modifying the sound of a potato chip to make the person chewing the chip believe it to be crisper and fresher than it really is.

Urs Thurnherr , member of the committee. An Experimental Approach ," Astolfo G. Franc, Veterinary Parasitology, vol. Marie-Christine Cadiergues and Christel Joubert, unable to attend the ceremony, were presented with the prize at a special ceremony, later in the month, at the Genoa Science Festival.

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Chiang all of Taiwan for discovering that it is not. Hill, and Deborah J. Anderson, New England Journal of Medicine, , vol.

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Chiang, Human Toxicology, vol. David Sims of Cass Business School. London, UK, for his lovingly written study "You Bastard: Mahadevan, Physical Review Letters, fol. Passini, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan, for developing a way to extract vanillin -- vanilla fragrance and flavoring -- from cow dung.

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Toscanini's Ice Cream , the finest ice cream shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, created a new ice cream flavor in honor of Mayu Yamamoto, and introduced it at the Ig Nobel ceremony. The flavor is called "Yum-a-Moto Vanilla Twist. Juan Manuel Toro , Josep B.

Animal Behavior Processes, vol. The winners could not travel to the ceremony, so they instead delivered their acceptance speech via recorded video. Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study of the word "the" -- and of the many ways it causes problems for anyone who tries to put things into alphabetical order. Brian Wansink of Cornell University, for exploring the seemingly boundless appetites of human beings, by feeding them with a self-refilling, bottomless bowl of soup.

Painter and Jill North, Obesity Research, vol. Kuo Cheng Hsieh, of Taichung, Taiwan, for patenting a device, in the year , that catches bank robbers by dropping a net over them. Hsieh, but he seemed to have vanished mysteriously. Some days after the ceremony came news that he is alive and well. Agostino , Santiago A. Plano and Diego A. Golombek of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina, for their discovery that Viagra aids jetlag recovery in hamsters.

Golombek, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. May of the University of California Los Angeles, for exploring and explaining why woodpeckers don't get headaches. Howard Stapleton of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, for inventing an electromechanical teenager repellant -- a device that makes annoying high-pitched noise designed to be audible to teenagers but not to adults ; and for later using that same technology to make telephone ringtones that are audible to teenagers but probably not to their teachers.

Howard Stapleton planned to attend, but his plans were interrupted by a family medical situation. Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization , for calculating the number of photographs you must take to almost ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed. Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly. Oppenheimer, Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol. The winners delivered their acceptance speech via video recording.

Knols, The Lancet, vol. De Jong, Parasitology Today, yd. De Jong and B. Richard Buckley's Exploding Trousers: John Mainstone and the late Thomas Parnell of the University of Queensland, Australia, for patiently conducting an experiment that began in the year -- in which a glob of congealed black tar has been slowly, slowly dripping through a funnel, at a rate of approximately one drop every nine years. Parnell, European Journal of Physics, , pp. Miller of Oak Grove, Missouri, for inventing Neuticles -- artificial replacement testicles for dogs, which are available in three sizes, and three degrees of firmness.

The winner was unable to travel, and delivered his acceptance speech via video. The Internet entrepreneurs of Nigeria, for creating and then using e-mail to distribute a bold series of short stories , thus introducing millions of readers to a cast of rich characters -- General Sani Abacha, Mrs. A Reevaluation of Responses to Moving Objects.

Selective Responses to Approaching Objects," F. Simmons, Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. Gauri Nanda of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for inventing an alarm clock that runs away and hides, repeatedly , thus ensuring that people DO get out of bed, and thus theoretically adding many productive hours to the workday. Edward Cussler of the University of Minnesota and Brian Gettelfinger of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, for conducting a careful experiment to settle the longstanding scientific question: Tyler, and Brian D. Williams, Applied Herpetology, vol.

Yoshiro Nakamats of Tokyo, Japan, for photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period of 34 years and counting. Polar Biology , vol. The winners were unable to attend the ceremony because they could not obtain United States visas to visit the United States. Meyer-Rochow sent an acceptance speech via video.

Social Forces , vol. Ramesh Balasubramaniam of the University of Ottawa, and Michael Turvey of the University of Connecticut and Haskins Laboratory, for exploring and explaining the dynamics of hula-hooping. Turvey, Biological Cybernetics , vol. Jillian Clarke of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences , and then Howard University, for investigating the scientific validity of the Five-Second Rule about whether it's safe to eat food that's been dropped on the floor.

The Coca-Cola Company of Great Britain , for using advanced technology to convert ordinary tap water into Dasani, a transparent form of water, which for precautionary reasons has been made unavailable to consumers. Smith and his father, the late Frank J. Daniel Simons of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Christopher Chabris of Harvard University, for demonstrating that when people pay close attention to something, it's all too easy to overlook anything else -- even a woman in a gorilla suit.

Simons and Christopher F. The Vatican , for outsourcing prayers to India. Daisuke Inoue of Hyogo, Japan, for inventing karaoke , thereby providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other. Batty and Lawrence M. Dill, Biology Letters , vol. Spark, Annals of Improbable Research, vol. Spark , on behalf of John Paul Stapp's widow, Lilly. Murphy III, on behalf of his late father. Also see their subsequent publications. Yukio Hirose of Kanazawa University, for his chemical investigation of a bronze statue, in the city of Kanazawa , that fails to attract pigeons.

John Trinkaus , of the Zicklin School of Business , New York City, for meticulously collecting data and publishing more than 80 detailed academic reports about things that annoyed him such as: Lal Bihari , of Uttar Pradesh, India , for a triple accomplishment: First, for leading an active life even though he has been declared legally dead ; Second, for waging a lively posthumous campaign against bureaucratic inertia and greedy relatives ; and Third, for creating the Association of Dead People.

Lal Bihari overcame the handicap of being dead, and managed to obtain a passport from the Indian government so that he could travel to Harvard to accept his Prize. Several weeks later, the Prize was presented to Lal Bihari himself in a special ceremony in India.

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Filmmaker Satish Kaushik will be making a film about the life and death and life of Lal Bihari. Moeliker , of Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam , the Netherlands, for documenting the first scientifically recorded case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck. Paxton , Phil Bowers, and D. Deeming, British Poultry Science , vol.

Arnd Leike of the University of Munich, for demonstrating that beer froth obeys the mathematical Law of Exponential Decay. Karl Kruszelnicki of The University of Sydney, for performing a comprehensive survey of human belly button lint -- who gets it, when, what color, and how much. Theodore Gray USA and Switzerland , for gathering many elements of the periodic table, and assembling them into the form of a four-legged periodic table table. Sreekumar and the late G. Nirmalan, Veterinary Research Communications , vol. Vicki Silvers Gier and David S.

Reading Research and Instruction , vol. Keita Sato , President of Takara Co. Norio Kogure, Executive Director, Kogure Veterinary Hospital , for promoting peace and harmony between the species by inventing Bow-Lingual , a computer-based automatic dog-to-human language translation device. Eduardo Segura, of Lavakan de Aste , in Tarragona, Spain, for inventing a washing machine for cats and dogs. The Journal of Trauma , vol. David Schmidt of the University of Massachusetts for his partial solution to the question of why shower curtains billow inwards.

Buck Weimer of Pueblo, Colorado for inventing Under-Ease , airtight underwear with a replaceable charcoal filter that removes bad-smelling gases before they escape. Joel Slemrod , of the University of Michigan Business School, and Wojciech Kopczuk , of University of British Columbia [and who has since moved to Columbia University], for their conclusion that people find a way to postpone their deaths if that would qualify them for a lower rate on the inheritance tax.

John Richards of Boston, England, founder of The Apostrophe Protection Society , for his efforts to protect, promote, and defend the differences between plural and possessive. Child Development , vol. Awarded jointly to John Keogh of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, for patenting the wheel in the year , and to the Australian Patent Office for granting him Innovation Patent Several years after this prize was awarded, the patent office quietly revoked Mr.

Chittaranjan Andrade and B. Srihari of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences , Bangalore, India, for their probing medical discovery that nose picking is a common activity among adolescents. Jasmuheen formerly known as Ellen Greve of Australia , first lady of Breatharianism , for her book " Living on Light ," which explains that although some people do eat food, they don't ever really need to.

Geim, European Journal of Physics, v. Ten years later, in , Andre Geim won a Nobel Prize in physics for research on another subject.

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Cassano of the University of Pisa , and Hagop S. Akiskal of the University of California San Diego , for their discovery that, biochemically, romantic love may be indistinguishable from having severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Reverend Sun Myung Moon , for bringing efficiency and steady growth to the mass-marriage industry , with, according to his reports , a couple wedding in , a couple wedding in , an couple wedding in , a couple wedding in , a 30,couple wedding in , a ,couple wedding in , and a 36,,couple wedding in Chris Niswander of Tucson, Arizona, for inventing PawSense , software that detects when a cat is walking across your computer keyboard.

The British Royal Navy , for ordering its sailors to stop using live cannon shells, and to instead just shout "Bang! Keller, Physics of Fluids vol. The British Standards Institution for its six-page specification BS of the proper way to make a cup of tea.