The Igobel awards in 2018 were presented at the 28th first annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Sanders Theater in Harvard. The ceremony was webcast.
MEDICINE PRICE [USA] – Marc Mitchell and David Wartinger, for the use of roller coaster rides to speed up the passage of kidney stones.
REFERENCE: "Validation of a functional Pyelocalyceal Renal Model for the evaluation of the renal calculi passage while driving on a roller coaster," Marc A. Mitchell, David D. Wartinger, The Journal of the American Osteopathic AssociationFull. 116, October 2016, pages 647-652.
WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Dave Wartinger
BIOLOGICAL PRICE [SWEDEN, COLOMBIA, GERMANY, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND] – Paul Becher, Sebastien Lebreton, Erika Wallin, Erik Hedenstrom, Felipe Borrero-Echeverry, Marie Bengtsson, Volker Jorger and Peter Witzgall, to show that wine experts can reliably detect the presence of a single fly in a glass by the smell of wine.
REFERENCE: "The Scent of the Fly", Paul G. Becher, Sebastien Lebreton, Erika A. Wallin, Erik Hedenstrom, Felipe Borrero-Echeverry, Marie Bengtsson, Volker Jorger and Peter Witzgall, bioRxiv, No. 20637, 2017.
THAT CREATED THE CEREMONY: Paul Becher, Sebastien Lebreton, Felipe Borrero-Echeverry, Peter Witzgall
CHEMICAL PRICE [PORTUGAL] – Paula Romão, Adília Alarcão and the late César Viana, for measuring the extent to which human saliva is a good cleaning agent for dirty surfaces.
REFERENCE: "Human saliva as a cleanser for dirty surfaces", by Paula M. S. Romão, Adília M. Alarcão and César A.N. Viana, Studies in ConservationFull. 35, 1990, pp. 153-155.
WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: The winners delivered their acceptance speech via recorded video.
PRICE FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION [JAPAN] – Akira Horiuchi, for the medical report "Colonoscopy in the Sitting Position: Lessons Learned From Self-Colonoscopy."
REFERENCE: "Colonoscopy in the seated position: lessons learned from self-colonoscopy using a small caliber, variable-stiffness colonoscope", Akira Horiuchi and Yoshiko Nakayama, Gastrointestinal endoscopyFull. 63, No. 1, 2006, pp. 119-20.
WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Akira Horiuchi
LITERATURE PRICE [AUSTRALIA, EL SALVADOR, UK] – Thea Blackler, Rafael Gomez, Vesna Popovic and M. Helen Thompson, for documenting that most people who use complicated products do not read the manual.
REFERENCE: "Life is too short for RTFM: how users deal with documentation and surplus functions in consumer products", Alethea L. Blackler, Rafael Gomez, Vesna Popovic and M. Helen Thompson, Interaction with computersFull. 28, No. 1, 2014, pages 27-46.
WHO INTENDS TO TAKE THE CEREMONY: Thea Blackler
FOOD PRICE [ZIMBABWE, TANZANIA, UK] – James Cole, for calculating that the calorie intake of a human cannibalism diet is significantly lower than the calorie intake of most other traditional meat diets.
REFERENCE: "Assessment of the caloric significance of episodes of human cannibalism in the Paleolithic", James Cole, Scientific reportsFull. 7, no. 44707, April 7, 2017.
THAT CREATED THE CEREMONY: James Cole
PEACE PRICE [SPAIN, COLOMBIA] – Francisco Alonso, Cristina Esteban, Andrea Serge, Maria-Luisa Ballestar, Jaime Sanmartín, Constanza Calatayud and Beatriz Alamar, for measuring the frequency, motivation and effects of shouting and cursing while driving a car.
REFERENCE: "Screaming and cursing while driving: frequency, reasons, perceived risk and punishment", Francisco Alonso, Cristina Esteban, Andrea Serge, and Maria-Luisa Ballestar, Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, vol. 1, no 12017, pp. 1-7.
REFERENCE: "La Justicia and el Tráfico: Conocimiento y Valoración de la Población Española" [“Justice in Traffic: Knowledge and Valuation of the Spanish Population”)], F. Alonso, J. Sanmartín, C. Calatayud, C. Esteban, B. Alamar and M. L. Ballestar, Cuadernos de Reflexión Attitudes, 2005.
WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Francisco Alonso
REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE PRICE [USA, JAPAN, SAUDI ARABIA, EGYPT, INDIA, BANGLADESH] – John Barry, Bruce Blank and Michel Boileau, for the use of postage stamps to test whether the male reproductive organ functions properly – as described in their research "Night-time wound density monitoring with stamps".
REFERENCE: "Night-time tumor descent monitoring with punches", John M. Barry, Bruce Blank, Michael Boileau, UrologyFull. 15, 1980, pp. 171-172.
THAT CREATED THE CEREMONY: John M. Barry, Bruce Blank, Michel Boileau
ANTHROPOLOGY PRICE [SWEDEN, ROMANIA, DENMARK, THE NETHERLANDS, GERMANY, UK, INDONESIA, ITALY] – Tomas Persson, Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc and Elainie Madsen, for gathering evidence, in a zoo, that chimpanzees imitate people as so often, and about as well, as people imitate chimpanzees.
REFERENCE: "Spontaneous cross-specimens imitation in interaction between Chimpanzees and visitors of the zoo", Tomas Persson, Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc and Elainie Madsen, primatesFull. 59, no 1, January 2018, pp 19-29.
CREATING THE CEREMONY: Tomas Persson, Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc
ECONOMY PRICE [CANADA, CHINA, SINGAPORE, USA] – Lindie Hanyu Liang, Douglas Brown, Huiwen Lian, Samuel Hanig, D. Lance Ferris and Lisa Keeping, to investigate whether it is effective for employees to use Voodoo dolls to take revenge on insulting bosses.
REFERENCE: "Correcting in the wrong way: retribution for a Voodoo doll symbolizing an abusive supervisor restores justice", Lindie Hanyu Liang, Douglas J. Brown, Huiwen Lian, Samuel Hanig, D. Lance Ferris and Lisa M. Keeping , The leadership per quarter, February 2018.
WHO ATTEND THE CEREMONY: Hanyu Liang, Douglas J. Brown, Huiwen Lian, D. Lance Ferris and Lisa M. Keeping
Last updated on September 14, 2018