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Harold Camping wins Ig Noble Prize.

Yes, for outstanding creativity and imagination in mathematics, Harold Camping along with five others has been awarded the Ig Nobel Mathematics prize for incorrectly predicting the date for the world ending. The ceremony at Harvard University honoured many people, seven of whom attended the ceremony this year.

Biology Prize: Darryl Gwynne and David Rentz for publishing two papers about an Australian beetle that tries to mate with empty beer bottles (stubies).

Chemistry Prize: A team from Shiga University who have a patent pending for a fire alarm that fires wasabi into the air in just the right density to awaken sleeping people.

Literature Prize: John Perry for his theory of Procrastination. To be a high achiever work on something important to avoid doing something that’s even more important.

Mathematics Prize:  Various doomsayers who predicted the end of the world. Dorothy Martin (1954), Pat Robertson (1982), Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1990), Lee Jang Rim (1992), Credonia Mwerinde (1999) and Harold Camping (1994 and 2011).

Medicine Prize: Shared by two teams who discovered that people make better choices about some things and worse choice about other things when they have a strong need to urinate.

Peace Prize: Arturas Zuokas, mayor of Vilnius, for showing that running an armoured vehicle over illegally parked luxury cars can solve parking problems.

Physics Prize: Philippe Perrin and colleagues for their study on why discus throwers become dizzy, while hammer throwers don’t.

Physiology Prize: Anna Wilkinson and colleagues for their study “No evidence of contagious yawning in the red-footed tortoise.”

Psychology Prize: Karl Halvor for studying why people sigh.

Public Safety Prize: John Senders for a series of safety experiments involving someone driving on a main highway while a visor repeatedly flaps in their face blinding them.

It’s good to know that the frontiers of science are being pushed by such research. You can see the complete award ceremony and get more information from the Improbable Research website. Don’t laugh, the wasabi alarm could save your life some day.

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