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Ig Nobel: Celebrating the best of the worst of science

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young
2019-09-13

The annual Ig Nobel Awards has once again celebrated a number of “worthy” discoveries in science, including why left nuts run hotter; the invention of a dish washer for soiled babies; and why wombats make cubed poops. Winners receive a staggering ten-trillion dollar prize (Zim dollars), and the satisfaction that they’ve moved the needle on mankind’s knowledge of the world, if only by a very, very, very small amount.

Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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