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List of the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

2016-ig-nobel-prizeThe 2016 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, September 22, 2016 at the 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize recognizes scientific research that makes you laugh, but then makes you think. While possibly less prestigious than the Nobel Prize, winners can take satisfaction in knowing their hard work raises interest in science around the world. The theme of the 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony was “Time”.
The illustrious winners were

The 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Winners

Category Winner Purpose
PHYSICS PRIZE [HUNGARY, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND] Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, György Kriska, Ramón Hegedüs, Balázs Gerics, Róbert Farkas, Susanne Åkesson, Péter Malik, and Hansruedi Wildermuth for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones
REPRODUCTION PRIZE [EGYPT] The late Ahmed Shafik for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males
ECONOMICS PRIZE [NEW ZEALAND, UK] Mark Avis, Sarah Forbes, and Shelagh Ferguson for assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, from a sales and marketing perspective
CHEMISTRY PRIZE [GERMANY] Volkswagen for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested
MEDICINE PRIZE [GERMANY] Christoph Helmchen, Carina Palzer, Thomas Münte, Silke Anders, and Andreas Sprenger for discovering that if you have an itch on the left side of your body, you can relieve it by looking into a mirror and scratching the right side of your body (and vice versa)
PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE [BELGIUM, THE NETHERLANDS, GERMANY, CANADA, USA] Evelyne Debey, Maarten De Schryver, Gordon Logan, Kristina Suchotzki, and Bruno Verschuere for asking a thousand liars how often they lie, and for deciding whether to believe those answers
PEACE PRIZE [CANADA, USA] Gordon Pennycook, James Allan Cheyne, Nathaniel Barr, Derek Koehler, and Jonathan Fugelsang for their scholarly study called “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit”
BIOLOGY PRIZE [UK] Awarded jointly to: Charles Foster for living in the wild as, at different times, a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox, and a bird
Thomas Thwaites for creating prosthetic extensions of his limbs that allowed him to move in the manner of, and spend time roaming hills in the company of, goats
LITERATURE PRIZE [SWEDEN] Fredrik Sjöberg for his three-volume autobiographical work about the pleasures of collecting flies that are dead, and flies that are not yet dead
PERCEPTION PRIZE [JAPAN] Atsuki Higashiyama and Kohei Adachi for investigating whether things look different when you bend over and view them between your legs

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