2001 Ig Nobel Awards

Gordon Mohr gojomo@usa.net
Fri, 05 Oct 2001 10:58:44 -0700


http://www.improbable.com/ig/2001/ig-2001-winners.html

My faves are the (apparently legit) research on "death elasticity",
that people postpone their death to qualify for improved estate
tax changes, and the Peace Award for "Stalin World" amusement park.

# The 2001 IgŪ Nobel Prize Winners
#
# The 2001 Ig Nobel Prize Winners were honored in a gala ceremony at
# Harvard on October 4. Seven of the ten attended the ceremony, and two
# others sent taped acceptance speeches. The prizes were physically
# handed to the winners by four Nobel Laureates.
#
# Here is a list of the winners.
#
# MEDICINE
# Peter Barss of McGill University, for his impactful medical report
# "Injuries Due to Falling Coconuts."
# PUBLISHED IN: The Journal of Trauma, vol. 21, no. 11, 1984, pp. 990-1.
#
# PHYSICS
# David Schmidt of the University of Massachusetts for his partial
# solution to the question of why shower curtains billow inwards.
#
# BIOLOGY
# Buck Weimer of Pueblo, Colorado for inventing Under-Ease, airtight
# underwear with a replaceable charcoal filter that removes bad-smelling
# gases before they escape.
#
# ECONOMICS
# Joel Slemrod, of the University of Michigan Business School, and
# Wojciech Kopczuk, of University of British Columbia, for their
# conclusion that people find a way to postpone their deaths if that
# that would qualify them for a lower rate on the inheritance tax.
# REFERENCE:"Dying to Save Taxes: Evidence from Estate Tax Returns on
# the Death Elasticity," Wojciech Kopczuk and Joel Slemrod, National
# Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. W8158, March 2001.
#
# LITERATURE
# 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.
#
# PSYCHOLOGY
# Lawrence W. Sherman of Miami University, Ohio, for his influential
# research report "An Ecological Study of Glee in Small Groups of
# Preschool Children."
# PUBLISHED IN: Child Development, vol. 46, no. 1, March 1975, pp.
# 53-61.
#
# ASTROPHYSICS
# Dr. Jack and Rexella Van Impe of Jack Van Impe Ministries, Rochester
# Hills, Michigan, for their discovery that black holes fulfill all the
# technical requirements to be the location of Hell.
# REFERENCE: The March 31, 2001 television and Internet broadcast of the
# "Jack Van Impe Presents" program. (at about the 12 minute mark).
#
# PEACE
# Viliumas Malinauskus of Grutas, Lithuania, for creating the amusement
# park known as "Stalin World."
#
# TECHNOLOGY
# Awarded jointly to John Keogh of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, for
# patenting the wheel in the year 2001, and to the Australian Patent
# Office for granting him Innovation Patent #2001100012.
#
# PUBLIC HEALTH
# Chittaranjan Andrade and B.S. 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.
# REFERENCE: "A Preliminary Survey of Rhinotillexomania in an Adolescent
# Sample," Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, vol. 62, no. 6, June 2001,
# pp. 426-31.
#

- Gordon