The Igs are out…

The good people at the Annals of Improbable Research have just announced the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel Prizes. (For those not familiar with the concept, the Ig Nobels are awarded a week before the “real” Nobel Prizes, “for achievements that first make people LAUGH then make them THINK”.)

This year, unusually, there’s an Ig Nobel in Mathematics, awarded to:

“Dorothy Martin of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1954), Pat Robertson of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1982), Elizabeth Clare Prophet of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1990), Lee Jang Rim of KOREA (who predicted the world would end in 1992), Credonia Mwerinde of UGANDA (who predicted the world would end in 1999), and Harold Camping of the USA (who predicted the world would end on September 6, 1994 and later predicted that the world will end on October 21, 2011), for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.” [My emphasis.]

Amen to that…

(DP)

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