Ig Nobel Prize–how a dead duck changed my life

Posted: 2013 年 10 月 06 日 in TED
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In senior high textbooks, there is a unit talking about an unusual award–the Ig Nobel Prizes. Some school teachers may have a hard time teaching this unit because their students are not into science. Actually, it is not rocket science that baffles everyone; instead, the class will roar with laughter because of the hilarious way of doing research and inspiring ideas behind.

For teachers, you may have students read the following description of the Ig Nobel Prizes from wikipedia first, watch the video “How a dead duck changed my life,” and ask them to share their ideas in class. For learners, you may be interested in more winners and their researches after watching the video; here is a list of the Ig Nobel Prize winners for your reference. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ig_Nobel_Prize_winners

The Ig Nobel Prizes are an American parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. The stated aim of the prizes is to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think." The awards are sometimes veiled criticism (or gentle satire). Organized by the scientific humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), they are presented by a group that includes Nobel Laureates at a ceremony at Harvard University‘s Sanders Theater, and they are followed by a set of public lectures by the winners at MIT. The name is a play on the words ignoble (“characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness") and the Nobel Prize. The pronunciation used during the ceremony is /ˌɪɡnoʊˈbɛl/ ig-noh-bel, not like the word “ignoble".

2003 Ig Nobel Prize winner–Kees Moeliker “How a dead duck changed my life”

(English subtitle and transcript are available at the bottom of the video.)

  1. patty0821 說道:

    This is the very first TED I played for my students. They laughed away the whole speech.

    • benology0317 說道:

      I have a bunch of TED talks, which are related to our teachings at school and interesting enough to trigger Ss’ motivation. If I have time, they will be presented here once in a while. BTW, your darling is a TED addict, isn’t he? Maybe you can ask him for real professional advice! Recently, I am interested in “talk shows" on youtube. Maybe I will take on this subject next time.



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