Ig Nobels ceremony founder: Our prizes ‘make you laugh, then make you think’

BY News Desk  October 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM EDT

What is the Ig Nobel prize?

Founder of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony Marc Abrahams said the prize honors achievements that “make you laugh, then make you think.” The achievements that have been celebrated at the awards (and can be viewed in the above video) range from a bra that can be turned into an emergency face mask to a study which asked: Are cows more likely to lie down the longer they stand?

In an interview with NewsHour Weekend, Abrahams said the Ig Nobels offer an honest view of what scientists are trying to do:

“They’re trying to do very frustrating work and they’re finding ways to enjoy it and keep themselves enthused about enjoying it.”