Wednesday, September 30, 2009

An IgNobel Cause

Posted by on 09/30 at 01:43 PM

CHF will be hosting a simulcast of the 19th First Annual (not a typo) Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Thursday evening.  The idea behind the Ig Nobel prize is to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. “ So, like the Darwin Awards, but with a scientific edge and much less morbid!

Examples include the invention of an electromechanical teenager repellant [don’t you just love it?], a scientific study on the eternal question, “can people swim faster in syrup or in water?”, and a detailed scientific study on the “5-second rule: if you drop it, should you eat it?”.  (The answer to the last question is NO, by the way. All other answers are linked to the list of previous Ig Nobel Prize winners).

This year’s winner won’t be announced until the ceremony. Intrigued? Come round for some cookies, entertainment and serious thinking tomorrow. And I’ll say it again: if you drop your cookie, do not, I repeat, not eat it. Nuff said.

1 October, 7-9pm, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St.

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