List of Ig Nobel Awards: Weird Sciences Like Gas Mask Bra
Produced by a science humor magazine, the Annals of Improbable Research, the Ig Nobel Prizes are for the year's most unusual inventions that "first make people laugh, and then make them think". Handed out in the weeks before the Nobel Prizes, the 2009 Ig Nobel ceremony took place at Harvard University on October 1, during which each recipient received his or her prize from a genuine Nobel laureate.
Here's a list of this year's winner:
Veterinary Medicine Prize: demonstrating cows that have names produce more milk than cows that are nameless.
Peace Prize: determining whether it is better to be smashed over the head with an empty bottle of bear or a full bottle.
Economics Prize: demonstrating that tiny banks can be rapidly transformed into huge banks, and vice versa.
Chemistry Prize: creating diamonds from liqui, specifically from tequila
Medicine Prize: cracking the knuckles of his left hand, but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand, every day for more than sixty (60) years to investigate whether it contributes to arthritis.
Physics Prize: understanding why pregnant women don't tip over.
Literature Prize: Ireland's police service for issuing more than fifty traffic tickets to the most frequent driving offender in the country, Prawo Jazdy, whose name in Polish means "Driving License."
Public Health Prize: inventing a brassiere than can be converted into a pair of gas masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one for some needy bystander
Mathematics Prize: Gideon Gono and the Zimbabwean Reserve Bank for printing bank notes in denominations from 1 cent, to $100 trillion.
Biology Prize: demonstrating that bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas can reduce kitchen refuse by more than 90% in mass.