2011 Ig Nobel Prize Winners Announced

Posted on September 30, 2011

Australian Jewel Beetle Loves Stubbie Beer Bottle


The winners of the 2011 Ig Nobel Prizes have been announced. The humorous awards honor unusual scientific research. They are awarded annually by the science humor magazine, Annals of Improbable Research. A video of this year's ceremony can be found here. Among this year's winners are research that discovered a species of beetle is sexually attracted to a specific type of Australian beer bottle. Another winner was for the invention of a wasabi alarm. People who failed to predict the end of the world were honored with a Mathematics Prize. Awards were also given for research involving sighing, procrastination, urinating and hammer throwing.

Here is a list of the winners:



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