The crowning achievements of Mankind are again celebrated in the Ignoble Prizes 2012
Anita Eerland and Rolf Zwaan (Netherlands) and Tulio Guadalupe (Peru/Russia/Netherlands) for their study Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller.Chemistry Prize:
Johan Pettersson (Sweden/Rwanada) for solving the puzzle of why, in certain houses in the town of Anderslöv, Sweden, people's hair turned green.Literature Prize:
The US Government General Accountability Office for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports. (My favourite – I can hardly believe the US can out-bureaucrat Britain - well done!) Physics Prize:
Fluid Dynamics Prize: Rouslan Krechetnikov (US/Russia/Canada) and Hans Mayer (US) for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks while carrying a cup of coffee.Medicine Prize:
Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti (France) for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimise the chance that their patients will explode.
If you want to see who won the Peace Prize: