– didn’t fit neatly into any of these, then I had to find a way to land a punch. How about I try to be funny? I thought. I reckon I can do that. And then I remembered reading about the Ig Nobel Award that honors the ten best achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. Way to go! I thought.
The Ig Nobel prizes, by the way, are presented annually by genuine Nobel laureates in Sanders Theater at Harvard University. The ceremony contains a number of running jokes at the most unexpected times, including Miss Sweetie Poo, a little girl who repeatedly cries out, "Please stop: I'm bored", in a high-pitched voice if speakers go on too long.
The awards ceremony is traditionally closed with the words: "If you didn't win a prize — and especially if you did — better luck next year!"