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Infographic: the Ig Nobel prize

Thomas Thwaits prepares to speak after receiving the Ig Nobel prize in biology for creating prosthetic limbs that allowed him to spend time roaming hills in the company of goats. Photo: Michael Dwyer/AP/Press Association Images

On 22nd September 2016 the great and the good of the science community gathered to celebrate the year’s Ig Nobel prizes, which recognise research that “makes you laugh and then makes you think”. The awards went to…


Gordon Pennycook, James Allan Cheyne, Nathaniel Barr, Derek Koehler and Jonathan Fugelsang for their study “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit”


Charles Foster, for living in the wild as various woodland creatures, and Thomas Thwaites – for creating prosthetic limbs that allowed him to spend time roaming hills in the company of goats


Susanne Åkesson et al, for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones


Volkswagen, for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution by automatically and electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested


Andreas Sprenger et al, for discovering that if you have an itch on one side of your body, you can relieve it by looking into a mirror and scratching the opposite side


Bruno Verschuere et al, for asking a thousand liars how often they lie, and for deciding whether to believe those answers


Mark Avis, Sarah Forbes, and Shelagh Ferguson for assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, from a sales and marketing perspective


Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton or wool trousers on the sex life of rats


Fredrik Sjöberg, for his autobiographical work about the pleasures of collecting flies that are dead, and flies that are not yet dead


Atsuki Higashiyama and Kohei Adachi, for investigating whether things look different when you bend over and view them between your legs

This list was published as an infographic in DG #24. Pick up a copy in our shop or take out an annual subscription with promo code ‘SOCIAL20’ and you’ll receive the issue for free.

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