Each year since 1991, Improbable Research has highlighted a handful of real researchers whose work might seem goofy on the surface, but often has serious implications. The Ig Nobel prizes are awarded annually at a ceremony at Harvard University shortly before the Nobel prizes are announced.
Here’s a look at a winner from each of the past 24 years, with the 2015 prize winners being announced tonight. (Update: The 2015 prize winners include a scientist who let bees sting him on 25 different body parts and a trio of researchers from the Max Planck Inst. who determined that "huh" is universal in every language, Network World reports.)