Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Is Humor a Nobel Cause?

You know what I want to do? Win the Nobel Prize. No, really--it sounds like it would be really rewarding. It would make all of my hard work worthwhile.

But for someone like me, winning the Nobel Prize is only a distant fantasy. But I might actually have a chance at winning an Ig Nobel Award, that according to ABC Science Online is "the prize that honors achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think."

Hey! Doesn't that remind us of something? Like Seriouslyjazzed??? Laugh, and then think. Yeah!

This year's winners were recently awarded their science prizes in a raucous ceremony held at Harvard University--the funniest of all the Ivies! Winners included a team that figured out a formula for determining the number of pictures that need to be taken of a group to get one where no one's blinking. The Ig Nobel Peace Prize went to a man who developed a high-pitch alarm that dissolves groups of loitering teenagers (fun for parties!) But my favorite is the Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine, which went to a doctor who developed a novel (or should i say, Nobel?) method for relieving hiccups, something called "digital rectal massage," or DRM.

Check back for upcoming posts and pictures of my personal DRM experiments!


P.S. The picture above is from the Ig Nobel Awards Ceremony - which included performance art from a silver man and presentation of a new broom technology. Gave Cirque du Soleil a run for their money!

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