List of Ig Nobel Prize winners

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This list introduces the Ig Nobel Prize winners and their excellent work.

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education Dan Quayle United StatesUnited States United States Vice President of the United States , publicly accused of lacking linguistic and intellectual skills. The jury's reasoning was: "consumer of time and occupier of space, for demonstrating, better than anyone else, the need for science education." Dan Quayle (1989)
biology Robert Klark Graham United StatesUnited States United States for his establishment of the "Repository for Germinal Choice" (German analogous repository for germ choice ), a seed bank that only accepts donations from Nobel Prize winners and Olympic participants .
chemistry Jacques Benveniste FranceFrance France for his discovery that water is an intelligent liquid; and for the demonstration, which he found satisfactory, that water was able to remember events - long after all traces of these events had disappeared.
peace Edward Teller HungaryHungary Hungary United States
United StatesUnited States 
Father of the hydrogen bomb and first proponent of the Star Wars weapon system , for his lifelong commitment to changing the meaning of the word " peace ". Edward Teller (1987)
literature Erich von Däniken SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland visionary narrator and writer of memories of the future , for explaining how human civilization was influenced by astronauts from space (see pre-astronautics ). Erich von Däniken (2009)
medicine Alan E. Kligerman United StatesUnited States United States Developers digestive-related redemption, rescuers in case of fumes and inventor of Beano for his pioneering work with anti-gas liquids flatulence , nausea and avoid annoyance.
business Michael Milken United StatesUnited States United States Titan of Wall Street - and father of the junk bond to which the world owes a lot. Michael Milken (2006)
Prices for fictitious achievements by fictitious people who are no longer officially listed
Pedestrian technology Paul DeFanti (fictitious) for the invention of the "bucky bonnet", a Buckminster fulleresque that pedestrians wear to protect their heads and keep their calm.
Interdisciplinary research Josiah S. Carberry United StatesUnited States United States (fictional) fictitious professor at Brown University , "bold explorer and eclectic seeker of knowledge, for his pioneering work in the field of psycho-ceramics, the study of people with jump in the dish (English Crackpot )."
physics Thomas Kyle ( pseudonym of William DeBuvitz) United StatesUnited States United States (fictional) Detector of atoms and original man of knowledge for his discovery of the most inert element in the universe, Administratium.


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archeology Éclaireuses Éclaireurs de France FranceFrance France a French scout association whose local group damaged two prehistoric wall paintings in the Grotte de Mayrière supérieure near Bruniquel during an action against modern graffiti .
biology Cecil Jacobson United StatesUnited States United States Relentlessly generous sperm donor and rich patriarch of the sperm banks for devising a simple, one-handed method of quality control.
chemistry Ivette Bassa United StatesUnited States United States Designer of the colorful colloids , for her role in the crowning achievement of 20th century chemistry, the synthesis of light blue jelly .
nourishment SPAM consumers worldwide courageous consumers of canned foods, for 54 years of undemanding digestion.
peace Daryl Gates United StatesUnited States United States Former Los Angeles City Police Chief for his unique irresistible ways of bringing people together . Daryl Gates (before 1992)
Arts Jim Knowlton United StatesUnited States United States modern polymath , for his classic anatomy -Poster " penises of the animal kingdom"
National Endowment for the Arts United StatesUnited States United States for encouraging Knowlton to add a pop-up book to his work. National Endowment for the Arts logo
literature Yuri Struchkov RussiaRussia Russia Tireless author from the Institute for Organic Compounds in Moscow , for the 948 scientific papers that he published from 1981 to 1990 - an average of one every 3.9 days.
medicine Fujihiro Kanda, Eiichiro Yagi, Minoru Fukuda, Keisuke Nakajima, Tadao Ohta and Okitsugu Nakata JapanJapan Japan from the Shiseido Research Center in Yokohama , for her groundbreaking study, "Explanation of Chemical Compounds Responsible for Foot Odor ," especially for her summary that people who think they have foot odor have it and those who don't, not.
physics David Chorley and Doug Bower United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Lions of deep energy physics, for their circular contributions to the field theory of the geometric destruction of English cornfields . Crop circle in Switzerland (2007)
business Lloyd's of London investors United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Heirs to 300 years of careful management for boldly attempting to insure disaster by refusing to take responsibility for the company's losses. Lloyd's of London logo


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biology Leslie P. Williams, Jr. and Kenneth W. Newell United StatesUnited States United States bold biological detectives, for their pioneering study Salmonella excretion in pigs on joyride .
chemistry James Campbell and Gaines Campbell United StatesUnited States United States Dedicated fragrance liberators for inventing the scent strips, a method by which perfume is distributed in magazines.
peace The Pepsi-Cola Company of the Philippines PhilippinesPhilippines Philippines for promoting a millionaire contest and announcing the wrong winning number, inspiring and uniting 800,000 rampant and expectant winners and bringing together many different parties for the first time in the country's history. PepsiCo logo
literature Eric Topol, Robert M. Califf, Frans Van de Werf, Paul W. Armstrong and their 972 co-authors AustraliaAustralia Australia Belgium Germany France Ireland Israel Canada Luxembourg New Zealand Netherlands Poland Switzerland Spain United Kingdom United States
New ZealandNew Zealand 
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
United StatesUnited States 
for publishing a medical research paper that has a hundred times more authors than pages.
mathematics Robert W. Faid United StatesUnited States United States Far-sighted and reliable prophet of statistics, for calculating the exact probability (710,609,175,188,282,000 to 1) that Mikhail Gorbachev is the Antichrist .
medicine James F. Nolan, Thomas J. Stillwell, and John P. Sands, Jr. United StatesUnited States United States medical men of mercy, for their careful research report, Acute Management in zippers jammed penis .
physics Corentin Louis Kervran FranceFrance France passionate admirer of alchemy , for his conclusion that calcium in chicken egg shells can be produced by cold fusion .
psychology John E. Mack and David M. Jacobs United StatesUnited States United States for her conclusion that people who believe they were abducted by aliens probably were - and especially for her conclusion that "the main reason for abduction is the production of children".
Consumer technology Ron Popeil United StatesUnited States United States Tireless inventor and diligent late night television salesman for redefining the Industrial Revolution with devices such as the Veg-O-Matic, Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Inside-the-Shell Egg Scrambler.
Visionary technology Jay Schiffman United StatesUnited States United States Inventor of AutoVision, an image projection device that makes it possible to drive a car and watch TV at the same time, and the Michigan State Legislature, which legalized the same.
business Ravi Batra IndiaIndia India United States
United StatesUnited States 
Refined scholar and best-selling author of The Great Depression of 1990 and Survival of the Great Depression of 1990 , for selling enough copies of his book to avoid global retail economic collapse.


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biology W. Brian Sweeney, Brian Krafte-Jacobs, Jeffrey W. Britton, and Wayne Hansen for her seminal study The Constipated Soldier: Prevalence Among US Forces Abroad ; and especially for the numerical analysis of the frequency of movement of their intestines.
chemistry Bob Glasgow United StatesUnited States United States Senator from Texas for introducing an anti-drug manufacturing bill in 1989 that requires approval for all purchases of beakers, flasks, test tubes, and other laboratory glassware.
peace John Hagelin from Maharishi University of Management , Fairfield, USA, and the Institute for Science, Technology, and the Public, both proponents of peaceful thought, for their experimental estimates that 4,000 trained meditators would reduce violent crime in Washington, DC by 18 percent.
Entomology Robert A. Lopez from Westport, New York, veterinarian and friend of all creatures, large and small, for his experiments on removing ear mites from cats, introducing them into his own ear, and then observing the results.
literature L. Ron Hubbard United StatesUnited States United States Author of science fiction novels and founding father of Scientology , for the book called Dianetics , which brings humanity (or part of it) very large profits. L. Ron Hubbard (1950)
mathematics Southern Baptist Church of Alabama United StatesUnited States United States To the very meticulous church for their effort to calculate for each district of the state what percentage of people will go to hell if they should not atone for their sins.
medicine Patient X former member of the US Marine Corps , honorable victim of a bite from his rattlesnake , for his novel treatment of attaching ignition cables to his lips and running the car engine at 3000 rpm for five minutes.
Richard A. Gustafson the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, for his well-grounded work called failure of the electric shock treatment in the event of Rattlesnake bisses .
psychology Lee Kuan Yew SingaporeSingapore Singapore Former Prime Minister of Singapore , advocate of the psychology of negative reinforcement , for his thirty-year study of the effects of punishing three million citizens for spitting, chewing gum or feeding pigeons.
business Juan Pablo Davila ChileChile Chile from Chile , tireless trader of financial products and former employee of the state-owned Codelco Company , because he has brought his computer to securities to buy if he should sell them, and for trying to compensate for the losses incurred, while still increasing the computer-based transactions . He lost 0.5 percent of the gross domestic product of Chile by hand.
Price for spurious services, no longer officially listed
physics The Japanese Meteorological Agency for her seven-year study of whether earthquakes are caused by catfish wiggling their tails. (The winner is no longer officially listed as their win is based on what turned out to be an erroneous press release.)


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chemistry Bijan Pakzad from Beverly Hills for the creation of a DNS - colognes and perfumes of a DNS - both containing no deoxyribonucleic acid - but both in a triple helix bottle ( sic sold!).
nourishment John Martinez United StatesUnited States United States J. Martinez & Co. of Atlanta, Georgia, for the development of Kopi Luwak - the world's most expensive coffee - made from coffee beans previously eaten and excreted by spotted musangs ( crawling cats ).
peace The Taiwanese National Parliament TaiwanRepublic of China (Taiwan) Taiwan for demonstrating that politicians win more by boxing, beating and beating each other than by waging wars against other nations.
literature David B. Busch and James R. Starling from Madison, Wisconsin for their haunting report, Foreign Bodies in the Rectum : Case Studies and Comprehensive Review of the Worldwide Literature . The appendix mentions, among other things: Seven lightbulbs; a knife sharpening stone; two flashing lights; a wire spring; a tobacco box; an oil can with a potato peeler; eleven different forms of fruits, vegetables and other foods; a jeweler's saw; a frozen pork tail, a pewter mug, a beer glass and also a patient's remarkable collection which consisted of glasses, a key, a tobacco pouch and a magazine.
medicine Marcia E. Buebel, David S. Shannahoff-Khalsa, and Michael R. Boyle for their invigorating study called The Effects of Forced Unilateral Nasal Breathing on Consciousness .
Public health Martha Kold Bakkevig and Ruth Nielsen DenmarkDenmark Denmark Norway
for their exhaustive study entitled Influence of wet underwear on thermoregulation and thermal comfort in the cold .
physics Dominique MR Georget, R. Parker, and Andrew C. Smith from the Institute of Food Research in Norwich (England) for their rigorous analysis of moist breakfast cereals, published in its report called A study of the effects of water content on the compression behavior of breakfast cereal flakes .
psychology Shigeru Watanabe, Junko Sakamoto and Masumi Wakita from Keiō University for their success in training pigeons so that they can distinguish between the paintings of Picasso and Monet .
business Nick Leeson and his manager at Barings Bank for their use of derivatives to clearly demonstrate that every financial institution has its limits . The English-language original alludes to mathematics: "... for using the calculus of derivatives to demonstrate ...", German: "for the use of the analysis of derivatives "; also “limits”.
Robert Citron United StatesUnited States United States
Dentistry Robert H. Beaumont from Shoreview, Minnesota, for his dramatic study. Do Patients Prefer Waxed or Unwaxed Floss ?


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biodiversity Chonosuke Okamura from the Okamura Fossil Laboratory in Nagoya for discovering the fossils of dinosaurs , horses , dragons , princesses and over a thousand other extinct "mini-species", all of which are only a few millimeters in size.
biology Not so Barheim and Hogne Sandvik from the University of Bergen for their tasty report Effects of ale , garlic and sour cream on the appetite of leeches .
chemistry George Goble from Purdue University for his world record time lighting a grill - three seconds using charcoal and liquid oxygen .
peace Jacques Chirac FranceFrance France who carried out nuclear tests to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Hiroshima in the Pacific . Jacques Chirac (1997)
Arts Don Featherstone from Fitchburg, Massachusetts , for his ornamental, evolutionary invention of the pink garden flamingo . Garden flamingo.  1996 Art Winner
literature The editing of Social Text for eagerly publishing research they did not understand , which the author labeled meaningless, and which claimed that reality did not exist.
medicine James Johnston of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company , Joseph Taddeo of US Tobacco, Andrew Tisch of Lorillard , William Campbell of Philip Morris , Edward A. Horrigan of Liggett Group, Donald S. Johnston of American Tobacco , and Thomas E. Sandefur, Jr ., late Chairman of the Board of Directors of Brown and Williamson Tobacco for their discovery, presented to the US Congress, that nicotine is not addictive.
Public health Ellen Kleist and Harald Moi GreenlandGreenland Greenland Norway
for their cautionary medical report gonorrhea transmission by rubber dolls .
physics Robert Matthews from Aston University in Birmingham for his studies of Murphy's Law , particularly for showing that slices of toast have an inherent tendency to fall on the buttered side.
business Robert J. Genco from the University at Buffalo for discovering that financial problems are a risk factor for periodontal disease .


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astronomy Richard C. Hoagland United StatesUnited States United States from New Jersey for identifying man-made structures on the Moon and Mars , including a human face on Mars and ten miles tall buildings on the Moon.
biology T. Yagyu and his colleagues from the University Hospital Zurich , from the Kansai Medical University in Osaka and from Neuroscience Technology Research in Prague JapanJapan Japan Switzerland Czech Republic
Czech RepublicCzech Republic 
for measuring the brainwaves of their subjects while they chewed different flavors of gum .
peace Harold Hillman United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom from the University of Surrey "Possible pain during different for its lovingly assembled and ultimately peaceful study of execution " (The Possible Pain Experienced During Execution by Different Methods) .
Entomology Mark Hostetler United StatesUnited States United States from the University of Florida for his educational book That Gunk on Your Car , which helps identify various types of insect debris on windshields.
communication Sanford Wallace United StatesUnited States United States President of Cyber ​​Promotions in Philadelphia - rain, snow, and darkness could not stop this self-styled mailman from delivering his electronic sales letters around the world.
literature Doron Witztum , Eliyahu Rips and Yoav Rosenberg from Israel and Michael Drosnin from the USA IsraelIsrael Israel United States
United StatesUnited States 
for her hair-splitting statistical discovery that the Bible contains a secret, hidden code .
medicine Carl J. Charnetski and Francis X. Brennan, Jr. of Wilkes University and James F. Harrison of Muzak Ltd. in Seattle United StatesUnited States United States for their discovery that listening to elevator music stimulates the production of immunoglobulin A (IgA) and thus possibly prevents colds .
meteorology Bernard Vonnegut United StatesUnited States United States from the University at Albany for his revealing report, "Chicken Plucking as a Measure of Wind Speed ​​in Tornadoes ."
physics John Bockris South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa United States
United StatesUnited States 
from Texas A&M University for his extensive work in the research areas of cold fusion , gold synthesis and the electrochemical ignition of household waste .
business Akihiro Yokoi from Wiz in Chiba and Aki Maita from Bandai in Tokyo JapanJapan Japan Father and Mother of Tamagotchi , for redirecting millions of hours of work into caring for virtual pets.


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education Dolores warrior United StatesUnited States United States Professor Emeritus at New York University for her demonstration of the benefits of therapeutic touch , a method by which nurses manipulate their patients' energy fields by carefully avoiding all contact with them.
biology Peter Fong United StatesUnited States United States from Gettysburg College for contributing to the joy of life in mussels by giving them antidepressants .
chemistry Jacques Benveniste FranceFrance France for his homeopathic discovery that water not only has a memory, but that this information can be transmitted via telephone lines or the Internet (see also Benveniste's honor 1991).
peace The Prime Ministers of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee , and Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif IndiaIndia India Pakistan
for their militant peaceful nuclear explosions .
literature Mara Sidoli United StatesUnited States United States of Washington, DC for her enlightening report " Farts As Defense Against Unspeakable Fear."
medicine Patient Y and his doctors, Caroline Mills, Meirion Llewelyn, David Kelly and Peter Holt of the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport , Wales United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom for her cautionary medical report, "A man who stabbed his finger and stank foul for five years".
physics Deepak Chopra IndiaIndia India United States
United StatesUnited States 
from the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla for its unique interpretation of quantum physics and its effects on life, freedom and economic success.
Security technology Troy hurtubise CanadaCanada Canada from North Bay, Ontario for developing and testing (self-testing) armor that can withstand grizzly bears .
statistics Jerald Bain from Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Kerry Siminoski from the University of Alberta CanadaCanada Canada for their moderate report "The relationship between body size , penis length and shoe size ".
business Richard Seed United StatesUnited States United States from Chicago for his efforts to fuel the world economy by cloning himself and others.


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Apparatus medicine George and Charlotte Blonsky from New York City and San Jose United StatesUnited States United States for the invention of an obstetrical device (US Patent # 3,216,423) in which the woman is strapped to a round table which then rotates at high speed .
education Education committees of the US states of Kansas and Colorado United StatesUnited States United States for its policy that students of the Darwinian theory of evolution should not pay more than the faith Newtonian gravitational theory , the theory of electromagnetism of Faraday and Maxwell or Pasteur's theory that germs cause disease.
biology Paul Bosland United StatesUnited States United States Director of the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University for the breeding of a jalapeño chili without spiciness .
chemistry Takeshi Makino, President of The Safety Detective Agency in Osaka JapanJapan Japan for contributing to the development of S-Check, an infidelity detection spray that wives can use on their partners' underwear.
peace Charl Fourie and Michelle Wong South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa from Johannesburg for the invention of an alarm system for cars, consisting of a detection circuit and a flame thrower .
literature British Standards Institution United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom for their six-page standard BS-6008 on how to brew a cup of tea correctly .
medicine Arvid Vatle NorwayNorway Norway from Stord for carefully collecting, classifying and considering the containers in which his patients gave urine samples to him.
physics Len Fisher United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom of Australia
from Bath and Sydney for figuring out the optimal way to dip a biscuit and
Professor Jean-Marc Vanden-Broeck from the University of East Anglia (England) from Belgium and Joseph B. Keller from the USA United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Belgium United States
United StatesUnited States 
for calculating a teapot whose spout does not drip.
sociology Steve Penfold CanadaCanada Canada from York University in Toronto for a thesis on the sociology of Canadian donut shops.
environmental Protection Hyuk-ho Kwon Korea SouthSouth Korea South Korea from the Kolon company in Seoul for the invention of the self-perfuming street suit.


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biology Richard water suction from Dalhousie University, for his firsthand report, "On the comparable palatability of some dry-season tadpoles in Costa Rica ."
chemistry Donatella Marazziti, Alessandra Rossi and Giovanni B. Cassano from the University of Pisa , Italy, and Hagop S. Akiskal from the University of California, San Diego ItalyItaly Italy United States
United StatesUnited States 
for her discovery that romantic love is biochemically indistinguishable from obsessive-compulsive disorder .
peace The British Royal Navy United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom for ordering their soldiers to stop using live ammunition , just shouting “Bang!” instead.
Bless you Jonathan Wyatt, Gordon McNaughton and William Tullet from Glasgow United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom for her alarming report, "The Breakdown of Toilets in Glasgow."
Computer science Chris Niswander United StatesUnited States United States of Tucson , Arizona, for inventing PawSense, software that detects when a cat walks over the keyboard .
literature Jasmuheen (formerly Ellen Greve) AustraliaAustralia Australia Inventor of light fasting for her book Living on Light, which explains that some people eat food that they don't need to eat.
medicine Willibrord Weijmar Schultz, Pek van Andel and Eduard Mooyaart from Groningen , Netherlands and Ida Sabelis from Amsterdam NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands for their dazzling report " Magnetic resonance tomography of male and female genitals during coitus and female sexual arousal."
physics Andre Geim from Radboud University Nijmegen , Netherlands, and Michael Berry from University of Bristol , England for using a magnet to make a frog levitate.
psychology David Dunning from Cornell University and Justin Kruger from the University of Illinois for the study “Uneducated and unaware of it. How difficulties in noticing one's own incompetence lead to excessive self-assessment . "( Dunning-Kruger effect )
business Reverend Sun Myung Moon for promoting the efficiency and steady growth of the mass wedding industry, with, according to one report, a 36-fold marriage in 1960, a 430-fold marriage in 1968, an 1,800-fold marriage in 1975, a 6,000-fold marriage in 1982, a 30,000-fold wedding in 1992, a 360,000-fold wedding in 1995 and a 36,000,000-fold wedding in 1997.


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astrophysics Jack and Rexella Van Impe of Jack Van Impe Ministries, Rochester Hills , Michigan , for discovering that black holes are all the prerequisites to be the place of Hell .
biology Buck Weimer from Pueblo (Colorado) for the invention of Under-Ease , an airtight underwear with a replaceable activated carbon filter that removes unpleasant odors before they can escape.
peace Viliumas Malinauskas from Druskininkai ( Lithuania ), for the establishment of an amusement park called " Stalin World ".
Bless you Chittaranjan Andrade and BS Srihari from the National Institute of Mental Diseases and Neuroscience in Bengaluru for their discovery that nose picking is common among adolescents.
literature John Richards from Boston, England , founder of the Apostrophe Protection Society, for his efforts to protect, promote and defend the difference between plural and genitive (in English).
medicine Peter Barss from McGill University for its "Injuries From Falling Coconuts " report .
physics David Schmidt from the University of Massachusetts for partial solution to why shower curtains roll inward.
psychology Lawrence W. Sherman from Miami University ( Ohio ) for his influential research report "An environmental study of Schadenfreude among small groups of preschoolers."
technology John Keogh from Hawthorn, Victoria (Australia) AustraliaAustralia Australia in equal parts for registering the wheel for a patent in 2001 and
the Australian Patent Office AustraliaAustralia Australia which issued him patent # 2001100012.
business Joel Slemrod from Michigan Business School and Wojciech Kopczuk from the University of British Columbia for her conclusion that people postpone their deaths if this reduces inheritance tax .


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biology Norma E. Bubier, Charles GM Paxton, Phil Bowers, and D. Charles Deeming United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom for their report, The Ostrich's Courtship Behavior to People in Rural Conditions in the UK.
chemistry Theodore Gray from the Wolfram Research Laboratory in Champaign (Illinois) , for the collection of many elements of the periodic table and the construction of a "four-legged" periodic table table.
peace Keita Sato, President of Takara Co., Matsumi Suzuki, President of Japan Acoustic Lab and Norio Kogure, Executive Director of Kogure Veterinary Hospital for her commitment to peace and harmony between species through the development of the Bow-Lingual language , a computer-based translation aid for the dog's language.
hygiene Eduardo Segura SpainSpain Spain from Tarragona in Catalonia ( Spain ) for the development of a washing machine for dogs and cats.
Interdisciplinary research Karl Kruszelnicki from the University of Sydney for its comprehensive study of navel lint .
literature Vicki L. Silvers from the University of Nevada; Reno and David S. Kreiner from Central Missouri State University for their colorful report of existing The effects of improper text markers on the reading comprehension (The Effects of Pre-Existing Inappropriate Highlighting on Reading Comprehension).
mathematics KP Sreekumar and G. Nirmalan from the Kerala Agricultural University in India for their analytical presentation of assessments of the total surface area of Indian elephants .
medicine Chris McManus from the University of London for his balanced report on testicular asymmetry in humans and ancient sculpture .
physics Arnd Leike GermanyGermany Germany from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich for demonstrating that beer foam is subject to the laws of exponential decay .
business The executors, corporate directors and auditors from Enron , Lernout & Hauspie ( Belgium ), Adelphia, Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) ( Pakistan ), Cendant, CMS Energy, Duke Energy , Dynegy , Gazprom , Global Crossing , HIH Insurance ( Australia ), Informix , Kmart , Maxwell Communications, McKessonHBOC, Merrill Lynch , Merck & Co. , Peregrine Systems, Qwest Communications , Reliant Resources, Rent-Way, Rite Aid , Sunbeam Products, Tyco International , Waste Management, MCI Worldcom , Xerox and Arthur Andersen BelgiumBelgium Belgium United States Pakistan Russia Bermuda Australia United Kingdom Ireland
United StatesUnited States 
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for the use of imaginary numbers in the business world.


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biology CW Moeliker NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands from the Natural History Museum Rotterdam , for the first scientifically documented case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos).
chemistry Yukio Hirose JapanJapan Japan from Kanazawa University for researching a statue in downtown Kanazawa and, based on the results, developing a bronze alloy that discourages pigeons due to its high arsenic content .
peace Lal Bihari IndiaIndia India from Uttar Pradesh ( India ) for a triple achievement.

1. For the fact that he lived actively, although he was officially declared dead,
2. For his lively and posthumous campaign against bureaucratic indolence and greed of relatives and
3. for the establishment of the Mritak Sangh (Association for Dead People).

engineering John Paul Stapp , Edward A. Murphy, and George Nichols for the development of Murphy's law : If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, someone will do it (in German: " If there are two or more ways to do something , and one of the paths leads to a catastrophe, then someone will take exactly that path. ”Often this is also translated as:“ If anything can go wrong, it will. ”).
Interdisciplinary research Stefano Ghirlanda, Liselotte Jansson and Magnus Enquist from Stockholm University for their report Chickens prefer beautiful people.
literature John Trinkaus from the Zicklin School of Business, New York for the collection and publication of more than 80 disorders and anomalies in daily life. As examples, he published the percentage of teenagers who put their baseball caps on the wrong way round, what percentage of swimmers at the wrong end of the pool swim their curves and what percentage of motorists do not quite stop at a certain stop sign.
medicine Eleanor Maguire , David Gadian, Ingrid Johnsrude, Catriona Good, John Ashburner, Richard Frackowiak and Christopher Frith from London for providing evidence that the brains of London taxi drivers are better developed than those of their roommates.
physics Jack Harvey, John Culvenor, Warren Payne, Steve Cowley, Michael Lawrance, David Stuart and Robyn Williams AustraliaAustralia Australia for their incredible report, An Analysis of the Forces Required to Drag sheep across various surfaces.
psychology Gian Vittorio Caprara and Claudio Barbaranelli from La Sapienza University , Rome , and Philip Zimbardo from Stanford University ItalyItaly Italy United States
United StatesUnited States 
for her report The Uniquely Simple Personality of Politicians.
business Karl Schwärzler and the State of Liechtenstein LiechtensteinLiechtenstein Liechtenstein for making it possible to rent the whole country for events such as birthdays, weddings or bar mitzvahs .


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biology Ben Wilson from the University of British Columbia , Lawrence Dill from Simon Fraser University , Canada, Robert Batty from the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Magnus Whalberg from Aarhus University , Denmark, and Hakan Westerberg from Sweden's National Board of Fisheries for showing that herring apparently communicate with one another by means of farts .
chemistry Coca-Cola Company Great Britain for the use of high technology to turn liquid from the Thames into a clear form of water that had to be removed from the market as a precaution because it contained bromates .
peace Daisuke Inoue JapanJapan Japan from Hyogo Prefecture , Japan , for inventing karaoke , while creating an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate one another.
literature American Nudist Research Library of Kissimmee, Florida United StatesUnited States United States for preserving the history of nudists so that everyone can see it.
medicine Steven Stack from Wayne State University , Detroit, USA and James Gundlach from Auburn University , USA for her report on the effects of country music on suicides.
Public health Jillian Clarke from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, later Howard University, for experimentally refuting the 5-second rule, which states that you can still eat things that have not been on the floor for five seconds.
physics Ramesh Balasubramaniam from the University of Ottawa and Michael Turvey from the University of Connecticut and the Haskins Laboratory for explaining and researching the different factors involved in the hula hoop .
psychology Daniel Simons from the University of Illinois and Christopher Chabris from Harvard University for demonstrating that if people pay close attention, they can overlook almost anything - even a man in a gorilla costume .
technology Donald J. Smith and his father, the late Frank J. Smith for the patent for a technique that conceals a half-bald head in the event of hair loss with several strands , later referred to as comb-over .
business Vatican for outsourcing prayers to India .


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biology Benjamin Smith of the University of Adelaide and the University of Toronto and perfume manufacturers Firmenich , Geneva , and ChemComm Enterprises , Archamps (France); Craig Williams of James Cook University and the University of South Australia; Michael Tyler from the University of Adelaide; Brian Williams from the University of Adelaide; and Yoji Hayasaka from the Australian Wine Research Institute CanadaCanada Canada Switzerland France Australia
for studying the smells of 131 different frog species under stress.
chemistry Edward Cussler from the University of Minnesota and Brian Gettelfinger from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin – Madison for a series of experiments to compare the human swimming speed in water and syrup .
nourishment Nakamatsu Yoshirō JapanJapan Japan from Tokyo for the idea of ​​photographing and analyzing meals every day and carrying them out for 34 years now.
peace Claire Rind and Peter Simmons United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom from Newcastle University for the study of brain activity of locusts in the Star Wars -Betrachten.
Agricultural history James Watson New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand from Massey University (New Zealand) for examining the significance of Mr. Richard Buckley's exploding pants .
literature A group of Nigerian start-ups NigeriaNigeria Nigeria for writing heartbreaking stories whose main characters only need a small amount to assert their claims to unbelievable riches, and distributing these stories via email .
medicine Gregg A. Miller United StatesUnited States United States from Oak Grove, Missouri, for the invention of Neuticles (in German about "castrodes"), d. H. Prostheses for dog testicles in three sizes and three degrees of hardness.
physics John Mainstone and Thomas Parnell from the University of Queensland for the continuous observation of dripping tar since 1927 - one drop per nine years, nine drops so far, the last one fell in 2014. John Mainstone with the pitch drop experiment (1990)
Fluid mechanics Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow from Jacobs University Bremen (formerly International University Bremen) and the University of Oulu ; and Jozsef Gal from Loránd Eötvös University , Hungary GermanyGermany Germany Finland Hungary
for the application of physical laws to calculate the pressure conditions in penguins who feces .
business Gauri Nanda from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for inventing a rolling and repeatedly self-hiding alarm clock . ( Clocky )


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Acoustics D. Lynn Halpern of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Brandeis University and Northwestern University , Randolph Blake of Vanderbilt University and Northwestern University, and James Hillenbrand of Western Michigan University and Northwestern University for experiments to elucidate the reasons why people do not like to hear the sound of fingernails scratching over blackboards .
biology Bart Knols from Wageningen University , Netherlands and the National Institute for Medical Research in Ifakara , Tanzania and the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, and Ruurd de Jong from Wageningen University and Santa Maria degli Angeli, Italy for the proof that female mosquitoes ( Anopheles gambiae) which transmit malaria are attracted to Limburg cheese in the same way as to the smell of human feet.
chemistry Antonio Mulet, José Javier Benedito and José Bon from the Polytechnic University of Valencia , Spain and Carmen Rosselló from the University of the Balearic Islands in Palma , Spain SpainSpain Spain for their study Speed ​​of Ultrasonic Waves in Cheddar Cheese under the Influence of Temperature.
nourishment Wasmia Al-Houty from Kuwait University and Faten Al-Mussalam from the Kuwait Environment Public Authority for proof that dung beetles are foodies.
peace Howard Stapleton of Merthyr Tydfil , Wales, for inventing a device that emits high-frequency tones that can only be heard by young people, not adults, and for later using this technology to generate telephone ring tones , also only used by young people, not their teachers be heard.
literature Daniel Oppenheimer from Princeton University for his report Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly on problems with unnecessarily using long words.
mathematics Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization, for calculating the number of photos that must be taken to ensure that (almost) nobody in a group has their eyes closed.
medicine Francis M. Fesmire from the University of Tennessee , College of Medicine, for its medical case report, Ending Untreatable Hiccups with Rectal Finger Massage, and Majed Odeh, Harry Bassan, and Arie Olives of Bnai Zion Medical Center, Haifa , Israel , for their subsequent case report, which is under the same title appeared.
Ornithology Ivan R. Schwab from the University of California, Davis and Philip RA May d. Ä. from the University of California, Los Angeles for answering the important question why woodpeckers don't get headaches.
physics Basile Audoly and Sebastien Neukirch from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris , for their insights into the phenomenon that when bent , dry spaghetti usually breaks into more than two pieces.


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biology Johanna van Bronswijk NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands for carrying out a census of all mites, insects, spiders, ferns and fungi that (so the title of the study) inhabit "our beds" ( for doing a census of all the mites, insects, spiders, pseudoscorpions, crustaceans, bacteria, algae , ferns and fungi with whom we share our beds each night. )
chemistry Mayu Yamamoto JapanJapan Japan for developing a method for extracting vanilla scent from cow dung.
nourishment Brian Wansink from Cornell University for exploring the limits of human appetite by feeding volunteers with a self-refilling, bottomless soup bowl.
peace Wright Laboratory of the US Air Force because it had stimulated research into chemical weapons that would make opposing troops gay (see also Sex Bomb ).
linguistics A team from the University of Barcelona for demonstrating that rats are unable to distinguish a person who speaks Japanese backwards from a person who speaks Dutch backwards.
literature Glenda Browne from Blaxland ( Blue Mountains , Australia) for her study of the word " the " and how it confuses people to put things in alphabetical order.
aviation A team from the University of Quilmes , Argentina for discovering that Viagra is helping hamsters recover from jet lag .
medicine Brian Witcombe of the Gloucestershire Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Dan Meyer for their exploratory work on the health consequences of swallowing a saber .
physics A US-Chilean team which examined the problem of how sheets are wrinkled.
business Kuo Cheng Hsieh TaiwanRepublic of China (Taiwan) Taiwan for the development of an apparatus which catches bank robbers by dropping a net over them.


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archeology Astolfo Gomes de Mello Araujo and Jose Carlos Marcelino for their experimental evidence that armadillos can mess up archaeological sites.
biology Marie-Christine Cadiergues, Christel Joubert and Michel Franc for discovering that dog fleas jump higher than fleas that live on cats.
chemistry Sheree Umpierre, Joseph Hill and Deborah Anderson for her discovery that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicide , and
CY Hong, CC Shieh, P. Wu, and BN Chiang for their proof that it isn't.
nourishment Massimiliano Zampini and Charles Spence for suggesting that potato chips appear fresher and crisper if they sound more appealing or louder when chewed.
peace Swiss Ethics Commission on Biotechnology and the Citizens of Switzerland SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland for the development of a legal principle that says that plants have dignity .
Cognitive sciences Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Hiroyasu Yamada, Ryo Kobayashi, Atsushi Tero, Akio Ishiguro and Agota Toth for pointing out that slime molds can cross a maze.
literature David Sims for his study: Du Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of Outrage in Organizations.
medicine Dan Ariely IsraelIsrael Israel United States
United StatesUnited States 
for demonstrating that expensive placebos work better than cheap ones.
physics Dorian Raymer and Douglas Smith for their proof that piles of thread or hair get tangled one way or another.
business Geoffrey Miller, Joshua Tybur and Brent Jordan because they showed that the tips of erotic dancers depend on the menstrual cycle and that they are highest when the dancer is most fertile.


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biology Fumiaki Taguchi, Song Guofu and Zhang Guanglei JapanJapan Japan from Kitasato University in Sagamihara (Japan) for demonstrating that the use of bacteria from the feces of giant pandas can reduce the mass of kitchen waste by more than 90%.
chemistry Javier Morales, Miguel Apatiga and Victor M. Castano of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico) for the production of diamonds from liquids, especially from tequila.
peace Stephan Bolliger, Steffen Ross, Lars Oesterhelweg, Michael Thali and Beat Kneubuehl of the University of Bern (Switzerland) for the experimental investigation of the question of whether it is better to have a full or an empty beer bottle smashed on the head. The result: you get head trauma in both cases, but the full bottle is less serious for your health, as it breaks earlier.
Bless you Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee and Sandra Marijan United StatesUnited States United States from Chicago (USA) for the development of a bra that can be converted into two breathing masks in an emergency so that they are always at hand.
literature Irish Police IrelandIreland Ireland for issuing more than 50 tickets for Mr. Prawo Jazdy, the country's biggest traffic offender, whose name is the Polish term for “driver's license”.
mathematics Gideon Gono ZimbabweZimbabwe Zimbabwe Director of the Central Bank of Zimbabwe, for an "easy and everyday way" to practice using numbers from a wide range of numbers, by issuing notes from one cent ($ 0.01) to one hundred trillion Zimbabwean dollars ( $ 100,000,000,000).
medicine Donald L. Unger United StatesUnited States United States from California (USA) for the investigation of whether daily finger-cracking for 60 years causes arthritis in the hand. For 60 years he regularly cracked the fingers of his left hand, but not his right hand. He didn't get arthritis in either hand.
physics Katherine K. Whitcome from the University of Cincinnati , Daniel E. Lieberman from Harvard University, and Liza J. Shapiro from the University of Texas United StatesUnited States United States for the arithmetic reason why pregnant women do not tip over in front.
Veterinary medicine Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom from Newcastle University (United Kingdom) for demonstrating that cows with individual names produce an average of 250 liters more milk per year than cows without names.
business The management of the four Icelandic banks ( Kaupthing Bank , Landsbanki , Glitnir and Icelandic Central Bank ) IcelandIceland Iceland for their demonstration that small financial institutions can be converted into large financial institutions very quickly, that this process is reversible and that the same applies to entire economies.


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biology Libiao Zhang, Min Tan, Guangjian Zhu, Jianping Ye, Tiyu Hong, Shanyi Zhou and Shuyi Zhang from China and Gareth Jones from the University of Bristol (United Kingdom) for the scientific documentation of oral sex in fruit bats .
chemistry Eric Adams from MIT , Scott Socolofsky from Texas A&M University , Stephen Masutani from the University of Hawaii, and BP for refuting the ancient belief that oil and water do not mix .
peace Richard Stephens, John Atkins and Andrew Kingston from Keele University (United Kingdom) for confirming the widespread belief that swearing relieves pain.
Bless you Manuel Barbeito, Charles Mathews and Larry Taylor from the Industrial Health and Safety Office, Fort Detrick , Maryland (USA) for experimental evidence that microbes cling to bearded scientists.
engineering Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse and Agnes Rocha-Gosselin from the London Zoological Society (United Kingdom) and Diane Gendron from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional , Baja California Sur (Mexico) for perfecting a method of collecting whale snot with the help of a remote-controlled helicopter .
management Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda and Cesare Garofalo from the University of Catania (Italy) for mathematically demonstrating that organizations would be more efficient if they promoted employees at random. See: Peter Principle .
medicine Simon Rietveld from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Ilja van Beest from the University of Tilburg (Netherlands) for discovering that asthma symptoms can be treated with a roller coaster ride.
Economy The executives and directors of Goldman Sachs , AIG , Lehman Brothers , Bear Stearns , Merrill Lynch and Magnetar Capital for creating and promoting new ways to invest money - ways to maximize financial return and minimize financial risk to the world economy or part of it.
physics Lianne Parkin, Sheila Williams and Patricia Priest from the University of Otago (New Zealand) for the demonstration that on icy footpaths in winter people are less likely to slip and fall if they wear socks over their shoes.
Transport planning Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Atsushi Tero, Seiji Takagi, Tetsu Saigusa, Kentaro Ito, Kenji Yumiki, Ryo Kobayashi from Japan, as well as Dan Bebber and Mark Fricker from Great Britain for using slime mold to determine the optimal route for railroad tracks.


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biology Daryll Gwynne and David Rentz for the discovery that males of the species Julodimorpha bakewelli in Australia only want to mate with brown beer bottles. They consider them to be oversized females and do not let go of them until they drop dead.
chemistry Makoto Imai, Naoki Urushihata, Hideki Tanemura, Yukinobu Tajima, Hideaki Goto, Koichiro Mizoguchi and Junichi Murakami JapanJapan Japan for determining the ideal density of wasabi (spicy horseradish) scent to wake up sleeping people in the event of a fire or other emergency situation, and for using this knowledge to develop the wasabi alarm.
peace Artūras Zuokas LithuaniaLithuania Lithuania the Mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, for proving that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by rolling over them with tanks.
literature John Perry United StatesUnited States United States from Stanford University for his "Structured Procrastination" theory, which states, "To be a high-flyer, always work on something important to avoid doing something that is more important."
mathematics Dorothy Martin (USA) (she predicted the world would end in 1954), Pat Robertson (USA) (he predicted the world would end in 1982), Elizabeth Clare Prophet (USA) (she predicted the world would end in 1990), Lee Jang Rim from South Korea (he predicted the world would end in 1992), Credonia Mwerinde from Uganda (she predicted the world would end in 1999) and Harold Camping (USA) (he predicted the World would end on September 6, 1994, and later predicted the world would end on October 21, 2011) United StatesUnited States United States South Korea Uganda
Korea SouthSouth Korea 
for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.
medicine Mirjam Tuk, Debra Trampe and Luk Warlop and together Matthew Lewis, Peter Snyder, Robert Feldman, Robert Pietrzak, David Darby and Paul Maruff for showing that people make better decisions about some kinds of things - but worse decisions about other things - when they have a strong urge to urinate.
public safety John Senders CanadaCanada Canada from the University of Toronto, Canada, for conducting a series of safety experiments in which a person is driving a car on a freeway with a visor dropping repeatedly on their face and blocking their view.
physics Philippe Perrin, Cyril Perrot, Dominique Deviterne, Bruno Ragaru and Herman Kingma for trying to find out why discus throwers get dizzy and hammer throwers don't, in their paper: "Dizziness in discus throwers is related to motion sickness caused by turning".
physiology Anna Wilkinson, Natalie Sebanz, Isabella Mandl and Ludwig Huber United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Austria United States
United StatesUnited States 
for their study at the University of Harvard "No evidence of contagious yawning in the red-footed giant tortoise Geochelone carbonaria".
psychology Karl Halvor Teigen NorwayNorway Norway from the University of Oslo, Norway, for trying to understand why people sigh in everyday life.


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Acoustics Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada JapanJapan Japan for the development of the SpeechJammer - a machine that silences people by playing their own spoken word to them with little delay.
anatomy Frans de Waal and Jennifer Pokorny NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands United States
United StatesUnited States 
for their proof that chimpanzees can recognize their conspecifics by photos of their rear end.
chemistry Johan Pettersson SwedenSweden Sweden Rwanda
for solving the riddle of why people's hair turned green in certain houses in Anderslöv, Sweden.
peace The Russian SKN Company RussiaRussia Russia for turning old Russian ammunition into new diamonds.
literature The US Government General Accountability Office United StatesUnited States United States for the publication of a report on reports on reports recommending the preparation of a report on reports on reports.
medicine Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti FranceFrance France for their instructions on how to have a colonoscopy to reduce the likelihood of the patient bursting during the process.
Neuroscience Craig Bennett, Abigail Baird, Michael Miller and George Wolford United StatesUnited States United States for their proof that brain researchers can use complicated instruments and simple statistics to demonstrate relevant brain function everywhere - even in dead salmon.
physics Joseph B. Keller , Raymond Goldstein, Patrick Warren and Robin Ball United StatesUnited States United States United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for their calculation of the balance of forces that determine the shape and movement of a human ponytail .
psychology Anita Eerland, Rolf Zwaan and Tulio Guadalupe NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Peru Russia
for their study "The Eiffel Tower looks smaller when you lean to the left."
Fluid mechanics Rouslan Krechetnikov and Hans Mayer United StatesUnited States United States Russia Canada
for their work on sloshing. They discovered what happens when someone walks with a cup of coffee in hand.


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archeology Brian Crandall and Peter Stahl the dead shrews boiled, swallowed without chewing and used their own excrement to prove which bones dissolve in the human digestive system and which do not.
Astronomy and biology Marie Dacke, Emily Baird, Marcus Byrne, Clarke Scholtz and Eric Warrant for an experiment that showed that stray dung beetles can orient themselves on the Milky Way on the way home.
chemistry Shinsuke Imai, Nobuaki Tsuge, Muneaki Tomotake, Yoshiaki Nagatome, Toshiyuki Nagata and Hidehiko Kumgai for their discovery that the biochemical processes that cause people to cry while chopping onions are even more complicated than science previously believed.
peace Belarus and its President for the ban on applauding in public and the Belarusian police who arrested a one-armed man for applauding in public.
medicine Masateru Uchiyama, Xiangyuan Jin, Qi Zhang, Toshihito Hirai, Atsushi Amano, Hisashi Bashuda and Masanori Niimi for their study measuring the effects of classical music on heart transplant mice.
Public health system Kasian Bhanganada, Tu Chayavatana, Chumporn Pongnumkul, Anunt Tonmukayakul, Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, Krit Komaratal and Henry Wilde for the surgical techniques published in the paper “Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam”. They recommended various techniques - except for cases where the penis was partially eaten by a duck.
physics Alberto Minetti, Yuri Ivanenko, Germana Cappellini, Nadia Dominici and Francesco Lacquaniti for her discovery that some people could walk on water if they and the water were on the moon.
psychology Laurent Bègue, Oulmann Zerhouni, Baptiste Subra, Medhi Ourabah and Brad Bushman for an experiment that showed that people who believe they are drunk also believe they are attractive.
Security technology Gustano Pizzo († 2006) for his electromechanical system, with which the hijackers fall through a trapdoor into a box, which is then parachuted to the ground, where the police are supposed to wait.
Probability theory Bert Tolkamp, ​​Marie Haskell, Fritha Langford, David Roberts and Colin Morgan for their discovery that on the one hand the probability that a cow gets up increases with the time it has already been lying down, but on the other hand it is not easy to predict when it will lie down again


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Arctic research Eigil Reimers, Sindre Eftestøl NorwayNorway Norway for studying the reaction of reindeer to humans disguised as polar bears.
biology Vlastimil Hart, Petra Nováková, Erich Pascal Malkemper, Sabine Begall, Vladimír Hanzal, Miloš Ježek, Tomáš Kušta, Veronika Němcová, Jana Adámková, Kateřina Benediktová, Jaroslav Červený and Hynek Burda for their thorough demonstration that dogs prefer to orient themselves along the earth's magnetic field when urinating and defecating.
nourishment Raquel Rubio, Anna Jofré, Belén Martín, Teresa Aymerich, Margarita Garriga for their study entitled "Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Infant Faeces as Potential Probiotic Starter Cultures for Fermented Sausages." (“Characterization of lactic acid bacteria from the stool of infants as potential probiotic starter cultures for fermented sausage products”).
Arts Marina de Tommaso, Michele Sardaro, Paolo Livrea for measuring the sensation of pain while the subjects are looking at ugly (or beautiful) pictures and at the same time a powerful laser is pointed at the palm of their hand.
medicine Ian Humphreys, Sonal Saraiya, Walter Belenky, James Dworkin for her tamponade of insatiable nosebleeds with strips of cured pork.
Neuroscience Jiangang Liu, Jun Li, Lu Feng, Ling Li, Jie Tian, ​​Kang Lee for trying to understand what's going on in the brains of people who see the face of Jesus on a toast.
Public health system Jaroslav Flegr, Jan Havlíček, Jitka Hanušova-Lindova, David Hanauer, Naren Ramakrishnan, Lisa Seyfried for examining whether owning a cat is bad for the mind
physics Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima, Rina Sakai for measuring the friction between the sole of the shoe and the banana peel or between the banana peel and the floor when someone steps on a banana peel on the floor
psychology Peter K. Jonason, Amy Jones, Minna Lyons for collecting evidence that people who stay up late are, on average, more conceited, more manipulative and more psychopathic than those who get up early
business ISTAT ItalyItaly Italy for demonstrating that Italy leads the way in meeting European targets for economic growth - when income from prostitution, drug trafficking, smuggling and illegal financial transactions are included.


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biology Bruno Grossi, Omar Larach, Mauricio Canals, Rodrigo A. Vasquez, Jose Iriarte-Diaz ChileChile Chile United States
United StatesUnited States 
for their observation that chickens walk in a manner similar to dinosaurs when a weighted stick is attached to their rump.
chemistry Callum Ormond, Colin Raston, Tom Yuan, Stephan Kudlacek, Sameeran Kunche, Joshua N. Smith, William A. Brown, Kaitlin Pugliese, Tivoli Olsen, Mariam Iftikhar and Gregory Weiss AustraliaAustralia Australia United States
United StatesUnited States 
for inventing a chemical recipe to partially decoil an egg. →  denaturation
Diagnostic medicine Diallah Karim, Anthony Harnden, Nigel D'Souza, Andrew Huang, Abdel Kader Allouni, Helen Ashdown, Richard J. Stevens and Simon Kreckler CanadaCanada Canada United Kingdom New Zealand United States Bahrain Belgium United Arab Emirates India South Africa People's Republic of China Syria
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
New ZealandNew Zealand 
United StatesUnited States 
United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates 
South AfricaSouth Africa 
China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China 
can be diagnosed reliably for their evidence that acute appendicitis by the amount of pain felt by the patient, if it over a speed bump runs.
literature Mark Dingemanse, Francisco Torreira, and Nick J. Enfield NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands United States Spain Belgium Canada Australia
United StatesUnited States 
for discovering that the word “huh?” (or its equivalent) appears to exist in any human language - and for not being sure why it is.
management Gennaro Bernile, Vineet Bhagwat, P. Raghavendra Rau ItalyItaly Italy Singapore United States India France Luxembourg Germany Japan
United StatesUnited States 
for recognizing that many business leaders acquire risk-taking in their childhood when they experience natural disasters (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and forest fires) that have no serious personal consequences for them.
mathematics Elisabeth Oberzaucher , Karl Grammer AustriaAustria Austria Germany United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for their attempt to use mathematical methods to find out whether and how Moulai Ismael, the bloodthirsty , the Sharif emperor of Morocco , had managed to father 888 children from 1697 to 1727. Elisabeth Oberzaucher (2017)
medicine Hajime Kimata, Jaroslava Durdiakova, Peter Celec, Natalia Kamodyova, Tatiana Sedlackova, Gabriela Repiska, Barbara Sviezena, Gabriel Minarik JapanJapan Japan People's Republic of China Slovakia United States United Kingdom Germany
China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China 
United StatesUnited States 
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for experiments investigating the biomedical benefits and consequences of intense kissing (and other intimate interpersonal activities).
physics Patricia Yang, David Hu, Jonathan Pham, Jerome Cho United StatesUnited States United States Taiwan
TaiwanRepublic of China (Taiwan) 
for the investigation of the biological principle that almost all mammals empty their bladder within 21 seconds - plus / minus 13 seconds.
Physiology and Entomology Justin O. Schmidt United StatesUnited States United States Canada
for his laborious compilation of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index , which describes the relative pain after the sting of different insect species
Michael L. Smith PanamaPanama Panama United States United Kingdom Netherlands
United StatesUnited States 
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for his meticulous work with honey bees , in which he repeatedly had himself stabbed on 25 different parts of the body to find out which stabbed areas were least painful (head, tip of the middle toe, upper arm) and which were most painful (nostril, upper lip and penile shaft ).
business Bangkok Metropolitan Police ThailandThailand Thailand which offers their police officers additional compensation in the event that they refrain from accepting bribes .


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biology Charles Foster United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom for its life in the wild as a badger, otter, deer, fox and bird at different times
Thomas Thwaites United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom for creating prosthetic extensions of his limbs that would allow him to move like goats and wander around with them on hills.
chemistry Volkswagen GermanyGermany Germany for solving the problem of excessive emissions from cars through automatic, electromechanical generation of lower emissions when the vehicles are tested. Volkswagen AG logo
Reproduction Ahmed Shafik (†) EgyptEgypt Egypt for researching the effects of wearing polyester, cotton and wool pants on the love life of rats and conducting similar tests with men.
peace Gordon Pennycook, James Allan Cheyne, Nathaniel Barr, Derek Koehler and Jonathan Fugelsang CanadaCanada Canada United States
United StatesUnited States 
for their scientific investigation "Perception and detection of pseudo-founded nonsense".
literature Fredrik Sjöberg SwedenSweden Sweden for his three-volume autobiographical work on the pleasure of collecting dead flies and those that are not yet dead. Fredrik Sjöberg (2005)
medicine Christoph Helmchen, Carina Palzer, Thomas Münte, Silke Anders and Andreas Sprenger GermanyGermany Germany for discovering that itching on the left side of the body can be relieved by looking in a mirror and scratching the right side of the body (and vice versa).
Perception Atsuki Higashiyama and Kohei Adachi JapanJapan Japan for researching whether things look different when you lean forward and watch them through your own legs.
physics Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, György Kriska, Ramón Hegedüs, Balázs Gerics, Róbert Farkas, Susanne Åkesson, Péter Malik and Hansruedi Wildermuth HungaryHungary Hungary Spain Sweden Switzerland
for discovering why white-haired horses are the most brake-resistant horses, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones.
psychology Evelyne Debey, Maarten De Schryver, Gordon Logan, Kristina Suchotzki and Bruno Verschuere BelgiumBelgium Belgium Netherlands Germany Canada United States
United StatesUnited States 
for asking 1,000 liars how often they lie and deciding whether to believe their answers.
business Mark Avis, Sarah Forbes and Shelagh Ferguson New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for assessing the perceived personality of rock from a sales and marketing perspective.


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anatomy James Heathcote United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom for his medical study "Why do old men have big ears?"
biology Kazunori Yoshizawa, Rodrigo Ferreira, Yoshitaka Kamimura and Charles Lienhard JapanJapan Japan Brazil Switzerland
for her discovery of a female penis and a male vagina in a cave insect ( neotrogla )
nourishment Fernanda Ito, Enrico Bernard and Rodrigo Torres BrazilBrazil Brazil Canada Spain
for the first scientific investigation into the importance of human blood in the diet of the comb-tooth vampire
peace Milo Puhan, Alex Suarez, Christian Lo Cascio, Alfred Zahn, Markus Heitz and Otto Brändli SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland Canada Netherlands United States
United StatesUnited States 
for demonstrating that regular didgeridoo play is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring
Obstetrics Marisa López-Teijón, Álex García-Faura, Alberto Prats-Galino and Luis Pallarés Aniorte SpainSpain Spain for demonstrating that a growing human fetus reacts more strongly to music that is played electromechanically in the mother's vagina than when it is played over loudspeakers on the mother's stomach
medicine Jean-Pierre Royet, David Meunier, Nicolas Torquet, Anne-Marie Mouly and Tao Jiang FranceFrance France United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for the application of functional magnetic resonance imaging to determine the extent of aversion that people feel for cheese
physics Marc-Antoine Fardin FranceFrance France Singapore United States
United StatesUnited States 
for the application of fluid mechanics to the study of whether a cat can be both a solid and a liquid
Fluid mechanics Jiwon Han Korea SouthSouth Korea South Korea United States
United StatesUnited States 
for his study of the dynamics of sloshing in a person moving backwards with a cup of coffee
perception Matteo Martini, Ilaria Bufalari, Maria Antonietta Stazi and Salvatore Maria Aglioti ItalyItaly Italy Spain United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for demonstrating that many identical twins cannot visually distinguish one another
business Matthew Rockloff and Nancy Greer AustraliaAustralia Australia United States
United StatesUnited States 
for her experiments on how contact with a living crocodile affects willingness to gamble


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anthropology Tomas Persson, Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc and Elainie Madsen SwedenSweden Sweden Romania Denmark Netherlands Germany United Kingdom Indonesia Italy
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for proving that chimpanzees in the zoo imitate people just as often and just as well as vice versa. Common chimpanzee in Shanghai Zoo
biology Paul Becher, Sebastien Lebreton, Erika Wallin, Erik Hedenstrom, Felipe Borrero-Echeverry, Marie Bengtsson, Volker Jörger and Peter Witzgall SwedenSweden Sweden Colombia Germany France Switzerland
for proof that wine connoisseurs can reliably smell a single fly in a wine glass.
chemistry Paula Romão, Adília Alarcão and César Viana PortugalPortugal Portugal for measuring whether spit is suitable as a cleaning agent.
nourishment James Cole ZimbabweZimbabwe Zimbabwe Tanzania United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for his calculation that a human cannibal diet contains significantly fewer calories than most traditional meat-based diets.
peace Francisco Alonso, Cristina Esteban, Andrea Serge, Maria-Luisa Ballestar, Jaime Sanmartín, Constanza Calatayud and Beatriz Alamar SpainSpain Spain Colombia
for measuring the frequency, motivation and effects of screaming and cursing while driving.
literature Thea Blackler, Rafael Gomez, Vesna Popovic and M. Helen Thompson AustraliaAustralia Australia El Salvador United Kingdom
El SalvadorEl Salvador 
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for proving that most people who use complicated products do not read the manual.
medicine Marc Mitchell and David Wartinger United StatesUnited States United States for trying to speed up the passage of kidney stones by means of roller coaster rides.
Medical teaching Akira Horiuchi JapanJapan Japan for his report "Colonoscopy while sitting: What can be learned from a self-colonoscopy."
Reproductive medicine John Barry, Bruce Blank and Michel Boileau United StatesUnited States United States Japan Saudi Arabia Egypt India Bangladesh
Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 
for the use of stamps as a test of whether the male sexual organ is still functioning properly: "Nocturnal Penile Tumescence Monitoring With Stamps."
business Lindie Hanyu Liang, Douglas Brown, Huiwen Lian, Samuel Hanig, D. Lance Ferris, and Lisa Keeping CanadaCanada Canada People's Republic of China Singapore United States
China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China 
United StatesUnited States 
for her investigation into whether the use of voodoo dolls is suitable to repay bosses for their maliciousness.


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anatomy Roger Mieusset and Bourras Bengoudifa FranceFrance France for her detailed study of the measurement of scrotal temperature asymmetry in naked and clothed postmen in France.
biology Ling-Jun Kong, Herbert Crepaz, Agnieszka Górecka, Aleksandra Urbanek, Rainer Dumke and Tomasz Paterek SingaporeSingapore Singapore People's Republic of China Australia Poland United States Bulgaria
China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China 
United StatesUnited States 
for discovering that dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than live magnetized cockroaches.
chemistry Shigeru Watanabe, Mineko Ohnishi, Kaori Imai, Eiji Kawano and Seiji Igarashi JapanJapan Japan for estimating the amount of spit a typical five-year-old child produces per day.
peace Ghada A. bin Saif, Alexandru Papoiu, Liliana Banari, Francis McGlone, Shawn G. Kwatra, Yiong-Huak Chan and Gil Yosipovitch United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Singapore United States
Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 
United StatesUnited States 
for trying to measure the feeling of well-being when scratching an itchy part of the body.
engineering Iman Farahbakhsh IranIran Iran for the invention of a baby changing machine.
medicine Silvano Gallus ItalyItaly Italy Netherlands
for gathering evidence that pizza protects against disease and death. Provided it is made and eaten in Italy.
Medical teaching Karen Pryor and Theresa McKeon United StatesUnited States United States for the use of clicker training in the training of surgeons. Karen Pryor (2006)
physics Patricia Yang, Alexander Lee, Miles Chan, Alynn Martin, Ashley Edwards, Scott Carver, and David Hu United StatesUnited States United States Taiwan Australia New Zealand Sweden United Kingdom
TaiwanRepublic of China (Taiwan) 
New ZealandNew Zealand 
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for research on how and why wombats drop cube-shaped feces. Cube-shaped wombat droppings
psychology Fritz Strack GermanyGermany Germany for his discovery that holding a pencil between their teeth makes people smile and happier ( facial feedback hypothesis ) and that this effect does not occur when the pencil is held between their lips. And for repeat examinations that showed exactly the opposite (see replication crisis ). Fritz Strack (2015)
business Habip Gedik, Timothy A. Voss and Andreas Voss TurkeyTurkey Turkey Netherlands Germany
for a study of which paper money from which country is the best to spread dangerous bacteria.


category Award winners country Reason image
Acoustics Stephan Reber, Takeshi Nishimura, Judith Janisch, Mark Robertson, Tecumseh Fitch AustriaAustria Austria Sweden Japan United States Switzerland
United StatesUnited States 
for their experiment in which they made a female Chinese alligator roar in an airtight chamber containing air enriched with helium
psychology Miranda Giacomin, Nicholas Rule CanadaCanada Canada United States
United StatesUnited States 
for developing a method of identifying narcissists by examining their eyebrows
peace Governments of India and Pakistan IndiaIndia India Pakistan
for the reciprocal bells of their diplomats in the middle of the night
physics Ivan Maksymov, Andriy Pototsky AustraliaAustralia Australia Ukraine France Italy Germany United Kingdom South Africa
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
South AfricaSouth Africa 
for experimental evidence, which with the shape of a living earthworm happens when this high frequency oscillation added
business Christopher Watkins, Juan David Leongómez, Jeanne Bovet, Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz, Max Korbmacher, Marco Antônio Corrêa Varella, Ana Maria Fernandez, Danielle Wagstaff, Samuela Bolgan United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Poland France Brazil Chile Colombia Australia Italy Norway
for trying to quantify the relationship between the national income inequality of different countries and the average number of mouth-to-mouth kisses
management Xi Guang-An, Mo Tian-Xiang, Yang Kang-Sheng, Yang Guang-Sheng, Ling Xian-Si China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China the five contract killers , for the conclusion of a total of four subcontracts, each with withholding part of the fee, without actually carrying out the murder
entomology Richard Vetter United StatesUnited States United States for collecting evidence that many entomologists (entomologist) afraid of spiders because they are not insects have
medicine Nienke Vulink, Damiaan Denys, Arnoud van Loon NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Belgium
for diagnosing misophonia , a long-unrecognized medical condition that causes sick people to become distressed when hearing other people's chewing noises
Medical teaching Jair Bolsonaro ,
Boris Johnson ,
Narendra Modi ,
Andrés Manuel López Obrador ,
Alexander Lukashenko ,
Donald Trump ,
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ,
Vladimir Putin ,
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
BrazilBrazil Brazil United Kingdom India Mexico Belarus United States Turkey Russia Turkmenistan
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
United StatesUnited States 
for harnessing the COVID-19 pandemic to show the world that politicians can have a more immediate impact on life and death than scientists and doctors Graphic of the SARS-CoV-2
Materials science Metin Eren, Michelle Bebber, James Norris, Alyssa Perrone, Ashley Rutkoski, Michael Wilson, Mary Ann Raghanti United StatesUnited States United States United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for demonstrating that knives made from frozen human excrement do not work well.


category Award winners country Reason image
biology Susanne Schötz, Robert Eklund SwedenSweden Sweden
for her work on communication between cats and humans.
ecology Leila Satari, Alba Guillén, Àngela Vidal-Verdú, Manuel Porcar SpainSpain Spain Iran
for comparing the bacteriomas in the chewing gum stains on the streets of different countries.
chemistry Jörg Wicker, Nicolas Krauter, Bettina Derstroff, Christof Stönner, Efstratios Bourtsoukidis, Achim Edtbauer, Jochen Wulf, Thomas Klüpfel, Stefan Kramer, Jonathan Williams GermanyGermany Germany United Kingdom New Zealand Greece Cyprus Austria
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
New ZealandNew Zealand 
Cyprus RepublicRepublic of cyprus 
for examining the air in the cinema after the performance and trying to prove how much violence, sex , antisocial behavior, drug use and swearing was shown.
Economy Pavlo Blavatskyy FranceFrance France Switzerland Australia Austria Czech Republic United Kingdom
Czech RepublicCzech Republic 
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for discovering that the preponderance of politicians can serve as an indicator of corruption in the country.
medicine Olcay Cem Bulut, Dare Oladokun, Burkard Lippert, Ralph Hohenberger GermanyGermany Germany Turkey United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
for her proof that an orgasm works just as well as nasal decongestants as nasal spray.
peace Ethan Beseris, Steven Naleway, David Carrier United StatesUnited States United States for her test of the hypothesis that beards developed in humans because they protect those who wear them from being hit in the face.
physics Alessandro Corbetta, Jasper Meeusen, Chung-min Lee, Roberto Benzi and Federico Toschi NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Italy Taiwan United States
TaiwanRepublic of China (Taiwan) 
United StatesUnited States 
for conducting experiments to find out why pedestrians don't constantly collide with other pedestrians.
kinetics Hisashi Murakami, Claudio Feliciani, Yuta Nishiyama, Katsuhiro Nishinari JapanJapan Japan Switzerland Italy
for conducting experiments to learn why pedestrians sometimes collide.
entomology John Mulrennan, Jr., Roger Grothaus, Charles Hammond, Jay Lamdin United StatesUnited States United States for their work A New Method of Cockroach Control on Submarines .
transport Robin Radcliffe, Mark Jago, Peter Morkel, Estelle Morkel, Pierre du Preez, Piet Beytell, Birgit Kotting, Bakker Manuel, Jan Hendrik du Preez, Michele Miller, Julia Felippe, Stephen Parry, Robin Gleed NamibiaNamibia Namibia South Africa Tanzania Zimbabwe Brazil United Kingdom United States
South AfricaSouth Africa 
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
United StatesUnited States 
for the experimental determination of whether rhinos can be safely transported overhead.

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