October 2, 2009
Ig Nobel Prizes honor unusual science
The mock Noble Prizes given out at a Massachusetts ceremony included an award for determining why pregnant women don't tip over.
The 19th annual Ig Noble Prize ceremony Thursday at Harvard University saw tongue-in-cheek honors given to scientists who studied the ability of pregnant women to remain upright, chemists who used tequila to create diamonds and a Swiss team that investigated whether it is safer to be hit on the head with a full bottle or an empty one, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
The awards were produced by science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research and each award was handed out by an actual Nobel laureate. The event was held in advance of the actual Nobel prizes, which are scheduled to be announced next week.