Irish cops win Ig Nobel prize for literature…

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)”.

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  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    This is a brilliant story and it was on the day it broke – the most popular story on the BBC website – when it broke some months ago now.

    …still I suppose there is not much going on at the moment – what with the British Prime Minister having just arrived at Stormo for crisis talks.

  • Drumlins Rock

    sammy dont be such a prude,

    The Ig noble prizes deserve proper recognition, thanks gonzo

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    feck off yourself – you tart.

  • Drumlins Rock

    bit grumpy there sammy,

    just waiting for Gordon to pull out his rabbit, and hoping a baby PMS rabbit is clinging to its tail.

  • old socks

    This was a story many months ago. Simple solution: start arresting Polacks en masse for traffic violations and impound their cars. Watch them laugh then.

    BTW, how many of these work gypsies have joined the revamped RUC?

  • Rory Carr

    However many of “these work gypsies have joined the revamped RUC”, Old Socks, I’ll bet that each and all of them are sufficiently fluent in English not to be issuing traffic citations to any individuals named “Driving Licence”.

  • Babel

    Польские преступники должны быть ы и ы.
    광택이 있는 범인은 수행되고 추방되어야 한다
    Οι πολωνικοί εγκληματίες πρέπει να διωχθούν και να
    The Polish criminals should be prosecuted and deported.

  • Thereyouarenow

    Bit of a sense of humour bypass here ! !

  • Belfast Gonzo

    The Ig Nobel awards were only last week, which is the story. Of course I saw the story about the gardai tickets earlier this year, you eejits. You think Slugger is just for a local audience?!

  • Greenflag

    The Gardai knew bloody well and were just being ‘nice’ to the Polish immigrants πŸ˜‰ As these immigrants were on their way to doing a nixer on a family member’s house why would any garda want to slow down ‘building ‘ activity ?

    The Zimbabwe story is by far the most surreal /real . But it omits the other genius stroke implemented by the Governor of their No Reserves bank . Zimbabwe must be the only ‘sovereign’ country on the globe that uses the currencies of three other countries for buying and selling goods and services – the US Dollar , South African Rand and Botswana Pula .

    When one considers that the German hyperinflation of the 1920’s lasted just a few months until Germans gave up on the 100 billion Reichsmark then it’s either a credit to their genius or tenacity or something else that the Zimbabweans still trade in ‘bricks ‘ of Zim Dollars ?