Prizes went to researchers for analyzing what makes authorized paperwork unnecessarily obscure. And for making a moose crash-test dummy. And for explaining, mathematically, why success most frequently goes to not essentially the most proficient individuals, however as an alternative to the luckiest.
If that seems like an odd set of awards—that’s as a result of it’s the Ignobel Prize Ceremony. This 12 months, for the thirty second 12 months in a row, laureates gathered (just about) to be acknowledged for his or her uncommon contributions to the world of science and engineering. Within the phrases of Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Inconceivable Analysis and awards ceremony ringleader, “It’s not about good or unhealthy. For those who win an Ignobel Prize, it means you’ve performed one thing that may instantly trigger anybody who hears about it to chuckle, after which to consider it for the subsequent few days or even weeks.”
Abrahams joins Ira to speak concerning the backstory of the awards, and to introduce some highlights from this 12 months’s on-line prize ceremony.
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