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List of the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize recognizes scientific research that makes you laugh, but then makes you think. While possibly less prestigious than the Nobel Prize, winners can take satisfaction in knowing their hard work raises interest in science around the world.

The theme of the 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony was “Time”. In case you are curious, a scientist who studies time is called a horologist. Yes, it’s pronounced like you imagine. The original mini-opera this year was entitled “The Last Second”.

The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize

If the honor and prestige is not enough, the winners also get prizes. This year’s prize included the Ig Nobel Prize (a special clock, with the letters I G N O B E L P R I Z E replacing the digits 1-12 on its face and hourglasses for hands), a piece of paper proving an Ig was won (signed by several Nobel laureates), and 10 trillion dollars (Zimbabwe).

2016 Ig Nobel Prize Clock

2016 Ig Nobel Prize Clock

10 Trillion Dollars for the Ig Nobel Prize

10 Trillion Dollars for the Ig Nobel Prize

Winners of the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize

The illustrious winners were:

Reproduction Prize: For testing the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, and wool trousers on the sex life of rats and then conducting similar tests on human males. (Ahmed Shafik [Egypt]

Economics: For studying the perceived personalities of rocks from a marketing and sales perspective. (Mark Avids, Sarah Forbes, Shelagh Ferguson. [New Zealand, UK])

Chemistry:  For solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions. The winner did not attend the awards… (Volkswagen [Germany]

Physics: For discovering why white-hair horses are the most horsefly-proof horses and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones. The practical application of the research is that you can wear white (or stripes or spots) to deter flies! (Gabor Horvath, Miklos Blaho, Gyorgy Kriska, Ramon Hegedus, Balazs Gerics, Robert Karkas, Susanne Akesson, Peter Malik, Hansruedi Wildermuth [Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland])

Medicine: For discovering that if you have an itch on the left side of your body, you can relieve it by looking into a mirror and scratching the right side of your body (and vice versa). Of all of this year’s awards, this research is the most likely to help you out in daily life. (Cristoph Helmchen, Carina Palzer, Thomas F Monte, Silke Anders, and Andreas Sprenger [Germany])

Psychology:  For asking a thousand liars how often they lie and for deciding whether or not to believe their answers. The researchers determined people lie, on average, twice a day. Also, older people tend to lie less often than younger ones. (Evelyne Debey, Maarten De Schryver, Gordon D. Logan, Kristina Suchotzki, and Bruno Vershueren [Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, USA])

Peace: For the scholarly study called, “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit.”  The researchers expressed gratitude for being published despite the profanity. (Gordon Pennycook, James Allan Cheyne, Nathaniel Barr, Derek J. Koehler, and Jonathan A. Fuglesang [Canada, USA])

Prosthetics So You Can Be a Goat

Prosthetics So You Can Be a Goat

Biology: The prize was jointly awarded to (1) Thomas Thwaites for creating prosthetic extensions of his limbs that allowed him to move like goats to he could spend time roaming the hills with them and (2) Charles Foster for living in the wild as a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox, and a bird. Both researchers hail from the UK.

Literature: For his three-volume autobiographical work about the pleasures of collecting flies that are dead and flies that are not yet dead. (Fredrik Sjoberg [Sweden])

Perception: For investigating whether things look different when you bend over an view them between your legs. (Atsuki Higashiyama and Kohei Adachi [Japan])

Paper Airplane Throwing at the 2016 Ig Nobel Awards

Paper Airplane Throwing at the 2016 Ig Nobel Awards

Colorful 2017 Periodic Table with 118 Element Names

2016 is the first year people can use a periodic table with all 118 blocks filled with element names and symbols! Here’s a new colorful periodic table you can print, to make handouts, posters, or study guides.

Colorful Periodic Table with White Background

Here’s the table with the “white” background. Actually, it’s transparent, so if you print it on colored paper or fabric, the color will show through.

Colorful Periodic Table with 118 Elements

Colorful Periodic Table with 118 Elements

Colorful Periodic Table with Black Background

Here’s the black background version of the table:

Periodic Table with 118 Elements - Dark Background

Periodic Table with 118 Elements – Dark Background

Colorful Periodic Table PDF

There’s also a PDF of this table you can download with a transparent background. This image is gigantic, intended to look great even on 4K monitors.

Periodic Table Printing Instructions

The image is smaller than the file (so the page will load), so to get the full-sized version, click the link for the color of image you prefer. Then you can download or print it.

Copyright Information

We didn’t put the copyright on the picture because it’s prettier this way, but we do retain all rights to the images. As always, you’re welcome to put the table on your computer, phone, or other mobile device and print it to hand out or put on your wall. Please don’t post it on your website, or we’ll ask you to take it down. If you wish to use the image in a book or publication, just send a note and we’ll likely give you permission 🙂

Wear the Periodic Table (or Drink from It)

Periodic Table Hoodie

Periodic Table Hoodie

We’ve teamed up with Redbubble to offer this table and the individual element tiles on a variety of products, including full-size posters, t-shirts, coffee mugs, leggings, you name it. You can find this table (and many more) at our shop. If you see something on the site you’d like, but can’t find it on the shop, just post a note and we’ll fix you up.