Ig Nobel Delegations
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 94 18:03:07 PDT
Subject: Ig Nobel Delegations
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CALL FOR DELEGATIONS!
to the 1994 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
You are invited to attend the 1994 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony on
Thursday, October 6, 1994, at 7:30 p.m., in Kresge Auditorium at
MIT. The ceremony honors individuals "whose achievements cannot
or should not be reproduced."
A limited number of seats is reserved for official theme
delegations of 4-12 beings (human participants only). The
Ceremony commences with the formal Grand Entrance Parade of the
Delegations, an experience not to be missed If you wish to bring
a delegation, please get in touch IMMEDIATELY with:
Margaret Ann Gray 617-253-0217 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are on sale at the MIT Museum Shop in The MIT Student
Center. The price is $2 per ticket. There will be a strict limit
of five (5) tickets per person. We have been asked to remind you
that scalping is illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
For ticket information call 617-253-1533.
In case you want too much background info, it is attached
Scientists Dreading Oct. 6 Ig Nobel Prize Announcement
Ceremony to feature
Nobel Laureates, 1200 Hecklers, and a Convicted Felon
(CAMBRIDGE, MA, Sept. 21, 1994) Four Nobel Laureates, 1200
hecklers, and a convicted felon will gather at MIT's Kresge
Auditorium on October 6 to honor this year's Ig Nobel
Prizewinners. The annual ceremony honors individuals whose
achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced."
Ten Ig Nobel Prizes are given in categories including Chemistry,
Medicine, Literature and Economics. Past winners include: Los
Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates (1992 Ig Nobel Peace Prize "for
his uniquely compelling methods of bringing people together;"
Yvette Bassa, the inventor of bright blue Jell-O (Ig Nobel
Chemistry Prize, 1992) and Dr. James Nolan, author of the
painstaking medical report "Acute Management of the Zipper-
Entrapped Penis (Ig Nobel Medicine Prize, 1993).
The Prizes are handed out by genuine Nobel Laureates, with
assistance from a crowd of 1200 good-natured hecklers, many of
whom wear lab coats, bathrobes, animal costumes, or old computer
equipment. A group of official Authority Figures lends dignity
and tone to the occasion -- last year they included a dentist who
has performed more than 10,000 root canal procedures, a past
president of the American Bar Association, and Russell Johnson,
Professor Emeritus from Gilligan's Island. This year's Authority
Figures will include a convicted felon.
This year's Ceremony will take place at MIT's Kresge Auditorium on
Thursday, October 6, 1994 at 7:30 p.m. Arrangements are being
made to video broadcast it live over the Internet. National
Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation Science Friday" will be
recording the entire ceremony for broadcast on the day after
Thanksgiving. Last year's ceremony was also broadcast on NPR, and
was covered by press from around the world.
The 1993 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony saw the debut of the Heisenberg
Certainty Lectures, delivered by some of the greatest minds of
our age. Each lecture is on a topic of the speaker's own
choosing -- and is limited to 30 seconds or less. The time limit
is strictly enforced by a professional soccer referee. This
year's Heisenberg Lecturers include: Nobel Laureates Sheldon
Glashow, William Lipscomb, Dudley Herschbach, and Richard Roberts;
astronomer Margaret Geller, the discoverer of the "Great Wall" of
galaxies; and Marvin Minsky, who founded the field of artificial
The MIT Museum cosponsors the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony in
conjunction with its ongoing exhibitions and programs related to
humor at MIT including the MIT Hall of Hacks and The Annals of
Improbable Research, the new scientific humor magazine edited by
Ig master of ceremonies, Marc Abrahams -- the former editor of the
Journal of Irreproducible Results. When Abrahams left the Journal
for the Annals, he brought with him the entire staff and a- 40-
member editorial board that includes seven Nobel laureates and IQ
champion Marilyn Vos Savant. The Ig Nobel Ceremony is sponsored in
part by the Peter DeFlorez Fund for Humor at MIT.
Tickets are $2 and may be purchased in advance at the MIT Museum
Shop at the MIT Student Center at 84 Massachusetts Avenue (across
the street from the main entrance of MIT) or at the door prior to
For ticket information call 617-253-1533.
Ingest some mini-AIR
The mini-Annals of improbable Research (mini-AIR) is the mini-
journal of record for inflated research and personalities.
mini-AIR is an electronic publication, available over the
Internet, free of charge. We publish approximately 12 issues per
year. To subscribe, send a brief E-mail message to either of
LISTSERV@MITVMA.MIT.EDU or LISTSERV@MITVMA
The body of your message should contain ONLY the
words "SUBSCRIBE MINI-AIR" followed by your name.
Here are two examples:
SUBSCRIBE MINI-AIR Irene Curie Joliot
SUBSCRIBE MINI-AIR Nicholai Lobachevsky
© 1994 Peter Langston