Ig Nobel Awards Are Awarded

Founded 20 years ago by Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, the Ig Nobel awards recognize genuine academic research and “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.” Last night, this year’s crop of winners collected their awards in front of a 1,200-strong crowd who threw paper planes onto the stage as the newly minted laureates made their 60-second acceptance speeches at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.

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