CONGRATULATIONS go to An Garda Siochana, for the Irish police service has won the prestigious Ig Nobel Prize for Literature at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. The award was won “for writing and presenting more than fifty traffic tickets to the most frequent driving offender in the country – Prawo Jazdy – whose name in Polish means ‘Driving Licence’.” The aim of the offbeat awards – handed out by real Nobel Laureates – is to honour achievements that “first make people laugh and then make them think”. What they think of the Irish traffic branch may well be unfairly stereotypical…!
The other winners are listed here, and include the man who cracked the knuckles of one hand for 60 years to investigate a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand, and the governor of Zimbabwe?s Reserve Bank, “for giving people a simple, everyday way to cope with a wide range of numbers ? from very small to very big ? by having his bank print bank notes with denominations ranging from one cent ($.01) to one hundred trillion dollars ($100,000,000,000,000)”.