I’m sure you’ve heard of the Nobel Prizes, but do you know about the Ig Nobel Awards?
The Ig Nobel Prizes take science, medicine and technology research seriously, but give awards to researches that “First make people laugh, and then make them think.”
Each year, the prestigious awards are presented during an entertaining ceremony at Harvard University. The winners receive their prizes from honest-to-goodness real Nobel laureates.
The program is sponsored by an organization called Improbable Research. In addition to the annual awards ceremony, the organization publishes The Annals of Improbable Research magazine, a monthly newsletter, weekly newspaper column and a daily blog.
The logo for Improbable Research is a graphic of The Thinker statue tumbled on its head. It’s called The Stinker.
The winner of the 2012 Ig Nobel Prize for Literature caught my attention because it rewards an agency of the U.S. Government for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.
That’s precisely why the General Accountability Office received the award.
The 32-page report is called: “Actions Needed to Evaluate the Impact of Efforts to Estimate Costs of Reports and Studies” (GAO-12-480R) published in May 10, 2012.
The report provides detailed research and recommendations for the Department of Defense for estimating costs associated with completing a report or a study.
Ig Nobel Prizes were also awarded for Psychology, Peace, Acoustics, Neuroscience, Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, Anatomy, and Fluid Dynamics.
The winners of the prize for Fluid Dynamics were also of interest to me as a writer and business writing instructor and coach. They received their award for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks while carrying a cup of coffee.