IG Nobel Prize 2022

The Ig Nobel Prize is a satiric prize awarded annually since 1991 to celebrate ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research, its stated aim being to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative, and people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology. 

The 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony was premiered entirely online, on September 15, 2022. Ten new Ig Nobel prizes were awarded for things that make people LAUGH, then THINK.

This year we have these funny winners that are mentioned below. 

Moose test dummy

The winner of the Safety Engineering prize – which we’re pretty sure is not a real Nobel prize, but who are we to argue – went to a Swedish researcher Magnus Gens for his master’s thesis where he created a moose crash test dummy. 

Although the idea of a moose sitting in a car seat is frankly hilarious, the crash test moose was created back in 2001 to be hit by a car – as moose are quite a road hazard in many places around the world.

Legalese

The Literature prize was given to an international team of researchers for analyzing what makes legal documents unnecessarily difficult to understand. The answer is not difficult concepts but poor writing.

Scorpion stools

The Biology prize went to a team based in Brazil and Columbia for a study looking at how constipation affects the mating prospects of scorpions.

Scorpions are similar to lizards that they will drop their ‘tail’ if they need to escape a particularly tricky predator. However, unlike lizards, their tail doesn’t grow back, and losing it means they lose 25% of their body mass, and part of their digestive tract and anus. Hence constipation.

How to gossip

The best one is probably the Ig Nobel Peace prize which went to an international team of researchers for developing an algorithm to help gossipers decide when to tell the truth and when to lie.