The 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony (2016)

Michael Martin

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  1. It would be really nice if this video weren't recorded at an impossibly quiet volume, making it impossible to hear at full volume (YT, Windows, and speakers all maxed out). Go yell at your editor.

  2. Why are there so many European winners? Maybe the science budget cut will help American scientists in the coming years.

  3. Another charming Ig Nobel awards ceremony. So disappointed I could not make it this TIME.maybe next TIME.
    Dan Meyer
    Recipient, 2007 Ig Nobel prize in Medicine

  4. I realize Zimbabwe suspended its currency in 2009 because of rampant inflation. However, xe.com is still showing the transfer rate as 10,000,000,000,000.00 ZWD = 27,631,942,525.560 USD

    1 USD = 361.900 ZWD…
    Meanwhile I just purchased a 10 Trillion dollar bill for $8.

  5. 22:38 pp I'm gonna be a smartass here now, BUT the earth's rotation has not "slowed down" in recent decades at all, in fact it has sped up slightly! It's just that it's been a bit too slow from the beginning (or, more appropriately, the second was defined too small, even relative to 1960's earth rotation speeds). You can see that here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5b/Deviation_of_day_length_from_SI_day.svg

    So really all the leap seconds that have been introduced until now were due to the slightly botched "second" definition. If that had been done right, maybe no leap seconds would've had to be introduced yet, and by now nobody at the earth rotation service authority would even know how to do that and get the whole world to comply. So maybe it's not so bad after all that the second is too small and everyone could gain experience introducing leap seconds from the start!

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