This year’s IgNobel prizes are out and they’re as good as they always are. My favourite is the Literature prize which went to Irish Police who issued over 50 speeding tickets to someone named Prawo Jazdy, which means ‘Driver’s Licence’ in Polish. Also on the block:
The Public Health prize went to Elena Bodnar of Illinois, who designed and patented a bra that can be quickly converted into a pair of gas masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander.
Prizes also went to Zimbabwe for issuing banknotes that range in value from one Zimbabwean cent to 100 trillion Zimbabwean dollars, Mexican scientists who made diamonds out of tequila and executives of four Icelandic banks that suffered spectacular collapses.