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Ig Nobel ceremony TICKETS go on sale TODAY

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Tickets for the 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony go on sale today—Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at NOON (US eastern time)—exclusively from the Harvard Box Office.

A look back at the 25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

The 25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, in the year 2015, was extra-memorable. Diane Kelly, reporting for Gizmodo, explained why:

The 25th Ig Nobel Awards Were The Greatest Moment In The History of (Silly) Science

For years, the Ig Nobel Awards have been famous for celebrating the most offbeat and ludicrous forms of scientific discovery. And last night, I was lucky enough to attend the 2015 Ig Nobel ceremony, because a friend was the proud winner of an Ig Nobel.

This year was the 25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, and everyone agreed this was a Very Big Deal. And even though the organizers insisted that this year’s theme, “LIFE,” was not necessarily connected to any of the achievements that were being honored with this year’s prize, a few of the award recipients nevertheless had something to do with biological life. Including sex.

But before the winners were announced, first there were traditions to uphold. The deluge of paper airplanes (in which I managed to nail the announcer with my plane–sorry about that). The “Welcome, welcome” speech, delivered by the very tall Bill Hoston and the height-challenged Jean Berko Gleason. The parade of the new Ig Nobel winners and real Nobel Laureates.

One special treat was a public reunion of all of the young women who have performed the official role of “Miss Sweetie-Poo” for the awards ceremony. Miss Sweetie-Poo is the Ig Nobel timekeeper. If any of the award-acceptance speeches go on too long, an adorable eight-year-old girl marches up to the podium and loudly repeats “Please stop. I’m bored!” until they stop talking….

Here’s recorded video of that ceremony:

 

Ig Nobel ceremony TICKETS go on sale July 10

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Tickets for the 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony go on sale Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at NOON (US eastern time), exclusively from the Harvard Box Office.

Improbable Research Table Talk: Hazards of Bearded Men

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Join us for a cozy chat about a research study that makes people laugh, then think. This session: The Ig Nobel Prize-winning study “Microbiological Laboratory Hazard of Bearded Men“. Free. Bring friends.

When: Monday, July 8, 2019, 7 pm.

Where: Toscanini’s Ice Cream, 159 First Street, Cambridge, MA, USA.

This continues the Improbable Research Table Talk series that began in summer of 2018.

2019 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony spiffy POSTER (downloadable)

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Behold the OFFICIAL POSTER for the 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, designed by Geri Sullivan. Click on the image to produce a downloadable, printable PDF version.

If you are in the Boston (Massachusetts) area, and can help post some paper posters in places your colleagues, neighbors, friends, and rivals will admire them, please get in touch with us.

The ceremony will happen on Thursday evening, September 12, at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, July 10, exclusively from the Harvard Box Office, online and in Harvard Square.

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