Alibi V.12 No.46 • Nov 13-19, 2003 

Art Article

The Ig Nobel Prizes: The Annals of Improbable Research

E.P. Dutton

Back in 1991, then Vice President Dan Quayle won a much-deserved Ig Nobel Prize in Education "for demonstrating, better than anyone, the need for science education." Since then, this glamorous award has been bestowed on countless individuals whose achievements cannot and should never be repeated—ever. From crackpot scientists to inept public officials, the Ig Nobel Prizes give discredit where discredit is due. Marc Abrahams, editor and cofounder of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research, has a real eye for the idiotic and obtuse. Many advance readers have said this book will amuse the pants right off you. Kinky and weird? You bet ya.