The Nobel Prizes are known as the gold standard for intelligence and human achievement. Some of the best and brightest individuals in the world have been awarded the symbolic medal of the prize's founder. These however, not so much.
The Ig Nobel Prize was created as a parody by scientific humor magazine, the Annals of Improbable Research to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.”
Here's a list of some of the more wacky and almost pointless winners of this less-than-distinguished prize.
The Magnetically Levitating Frog
The first ever Ig Nobel Prize was given to researchers Andre Geim and Sir Michael Berry for their uplifting study of - yes - magnetically levitating a living frog. While technically it was more focused on repulsing the water in a field, but the amphibian was a nice touch.
Ugly Art Hurts
There once was a time when we didn't know that people suffered more when looking at ugly art compared to less ugly art. Well actually, we had a good idea of it, but not while shooting some poor art critic with a laser! Thanks to Marina de Tommaso, Michele Sardaro and Paolo Livrea, we now know that the better art looks, the less pain we feel while looking at it (unless it's
Now, these discovery's are actually somewhat useful, but then there are winners that have us straight-up questioning who let these scientists into the lab in the first place.