Synopses & Reviews
The hilarious second installment of the popular humor series honoring the world's most improbable actual research.
The first volume of The Ig Nobel Prizes was celebrated as a "brainy bacchanalian" (USA Today) and "so funny you couldn't make it up" (Washington Post). Now, the "guru of scientific satire" (Publishers Weekly), Marc Abrahams, returns with The Ig Nobel Prizes 2, a fresh compendium of all-new unbelievable-but-true accomplishments in the sciences, arts, and humanities.
Born from the annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony at Harvard University, The Ig Nobel Prizes 2 demonstrates the incredible lengths to which people will go in the pursuit of knowledge. Winners of this prestigious award include:
- The scientists who discovered that chickens prefer beautiful humans
- The Norwegian research team that documented the impact of wearing wet underwear in the cold
- The entire nation of Liechtenstein, which rents itself out for weddings, bar mitzvahs, or other gatherings
Featuring anecdotes from the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony and a zany collection of all-new achievements, The Ig Nobel Prizes 2
is perfect for anyone who first wants to laugh and then wants to think.
"There are some things you see that make you wonder, 'Why not?' And there are others that make you wonder, 'Why?' It's the latter implausible, even improbable studies and discoveries that are candidates for the Ig Nobel Prizes, awarded annually at Harvard University and founded by Abrahams, editor of the humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Studying the effect of chewing gum flavor on brain waves? An examination of 'Scrotal Symmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture'? Founding an organization for the living dead? According to Abrahams, an achievement qualifies for an Ig Nobel if 'it first makes people laugh, and then makes them think. (What they think is entirely up to them.)' With a delicious sense of humor and due respect, Abrahams celebrates these improbable achievements. The winners themselves sometimes display a charming sense of humor about their work and its dubious recognition (the author of the scrotum study which was published in the prestigious science journal Nature seems mystified by the attention it has received), while others display an equally charming lack of humor. (The inventor of Beano took advantage of the awards ceremony to plug his new product, CurTail, a version of Beano for dogs.) Either way, this book is a hilarious tribute to human creativity. Agent, Regula Noetzli." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The hilarious second installment of the popular humor series honors the world's most improbable actual research, such as a Norwegian team that documented the impact of wearing wet underwear in the cold.
About the Author
Marc Abrahams is the editor and cofounder of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), its online counterpart Improbable.com, and the monthly e-newsletter, mini-AIR. The father and master of ceremonies of the annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony at Harvard University, Abrahams has a degree in applied mathematics from Harvard.