"PEACE PRIZE The Air Force Wright Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio, USA, for instigating research & development on a chemical weapon -- the so-called "gay bomb" -- that will make enemy soldiers become sexually irresistible to each other.REFERENCE: "Harassing, Annoying, and 'Bad Guy' Identifying Chemicals," Wright Laboratory, WL/FIVR, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, June 1, 1994, <http://www.sunshine-project.org/ incapacitants/jnlwdpdf/wpafbchem.pdf>PRESS NOTE: The Air Force Wright Laboratory has since been re- organized, and is now called the Air Force Research Laboratory"
For the complete list of all the Ig Nobel awards, and links to the scientific papers, read on.
IG NOBEL PRIZES ARE AWARDED AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Literally-bottomless bowl of soup; and "gay bomb" among winners; Also: A net that drops on bank robbers; and vanilla made from cow dung;Winners come from 5 continents
Oct. 4, 2007, CAMBRIDGE, MA. The 2007 Ig Nobel Prizes, honoring achievements that first make people LAUGH, and then make them THINK, were awarded at Harvard University's historic Sanders Theatre tonight before 1200 spectators in a ceremony filled with chickens, eggs, opera singers, and paper airplanes. Around the world, thousands watched via live webcast. This was the 17th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony.�Seven of the ten new winners journeyed to Harvard -- at their own expense -- to accept their Prizes. This year's winners come from five continents. South America, which produced few Ig Nobel winners in the past, made a big splash this year with three Prizes.�The Ig Nobel Prizes were physically handed to the winners by genuine Nobel Laureates Craig Mello (Physiology or Medicine, 2006), Roy Glauber (Physics, 2005), Dudley Herschbach (Chemistry 1986), William Lipscomb (Chemistry 1976), and Robert Laughlin (Physics 1998). Professor Laughlin was the prize in the Win-a-Date-With-a-Nobel- Laureate Contest.�The event was produced by the science humor magazine "Annals of Improbable Research" (AIR), and co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association and the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students, and the Harvard Computer Society.�The evening also featured numerous tributes to the evening's theme of "Chicken." Keynote speaker Doug Zongker's talk, titled "Chicken Chicken Chicken: Chicken Chicken," consisted of two solid minutes of repeating the word "chicken," accompanied by technical diagrams. (The complete text and diagrams are online at <http://tinyurl.com/yp2vuv>)�The ceremony included the premiere of a new mini-opera called "Chicken versus Egg" -- a mother-daughter tale starring Gail Kilkelly and Maggie McNeil, professional opera singers who are themselves mother and daughter. They were joined in the rousing conclusion by all the scientists on stage.�Each new winner was permitted a maximum of sixty (60) seconds to deliver an acceptance speech; the time limit was enforced by a cute- but-implacable eight-year-old girl. The winners will try to explain themselves at greater length (five minutes each) in free public lectures on the afternoon of Saturday, October 6 at MIT.�Several former winners were present, greeted with frenzy from the audience. These included: Don Featherstone (creator of the plastic pink flamingo); Kees Moeliker (who reported the first scientifically recorded case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck); Gauri Nanda (inventor of an alarm clock that runs away and hides repeatedly); and Francis Fesmire (the first doctor to cure intractable hiccups by applying digital rectal massage). Also present was the daughter of recently-deceased past winner Robert Lopez (the veterinarian who took ear mites from a cat, inserted them into his own ear, and then carefully observed the results).�Marc Abrahams, master of ceremonies (and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research), closed the ceremony with the traditional, "If you didn't win an Ig Nobel prize tonight -- and especially if you did -- better luck next year."�The event was broadcast live on the Internet, and can be seen in recorded form at <http://www.improbable.com>. [An edited recording of the ceremony will be broadcast on National Public Radio's "Science Friday" program on the day after Thanksgiving.]�For more info see www.improbable.com��============THE WINNERS:============�MEDICINE PRIZEBrian Witcombe of Gloucester, UK, and Dan Meyer of Antioch, Tennessee, USA, for their penetrating medical report "Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects."REFERENCE: "Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects," Brian Witcombe and Dan Meyer, British Medical Journal, December 23, 2006, vol. 333, pp. 1285-7.WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Brian Witcombe and Dan MeyerPRESS NOTE: Prior to coming to the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, the two co-winners never actually met each other -- they collaborated via telephone and email.CONTACT: Dr. Brian Witcombe, consultant radiologist Gloucestershire Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester, GL1 3NN, UK. Phone: Work: (+44) 01452 394245.