t's the day after Thanksgiving, and that can only mean two things: leftovers,
and ridiculously crowded shopping malls. But for all you faithful Science
Friday listeners, you know that it's time for our annual broadcast of this
year's Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony -- recognizing the strange, silly, and stupid
in the world of science.
As usual, the Annals of Improbable Research hosted the awards in October
at Harvard University's Sanders Theater. In attendance were Ignitaries,
a handful of real Nobel Laureates, and many amused spectators. Ten awards
were given, to science that, in the words of master of ceremonies (and A.I.R
editor) Marc Abrahams, "first makes people laugh, then makes them think."
In this hour of highlights from the evening's festivities, we'll hear about
whether people can swim faster in syrup or in water, the cosmetic options
available to neutered pets, an alarm clock that runs away, and more. Plus,
an operatic tribute to infinity (libretto),
a chance to win a date with a Nobel Laureate, and a heaping helping of silliness.