Ig Nobel 2012 Literature Prize for grey literature: a report about reports about reports

Posted by Amanda Lawrence on 1 October 2012

The US Government General Accountability Office has won the 2012 Ignobel Prize for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.

Actions Needed to Evaluate the Impact of Efforts to Estimate Costs of Reports and Studies
US Government General Accountability Office report GAO-12-480R, May 10, 2012.

Recommendation: To determine whether its effort to estimate costs is having the desired effect of achieving greater transparency, reducing or eliminating reporting requirements, and raising cost awareness, the Secretary of...

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology. Every year, in a gala ceremony in Harvard's Sanders Theatre, 1200 splendidly eccentric spectators watch the winners step forward to accept their Prizes. These are physically handed out by genuinely bemused genuine Nobel laureates.

2009 Public Health prize demonstration

Ig Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Elena Bodnar demonstrates her invention (a brassiere that can quickly convert into a pair of protective face masks) assisted by Nobel laureates Wolfgang Ketterle (left), Orhan Pamuk, and Paul Krugman (right). Photo credit: Alexey Eliseev, 2009 Ig Nobel Ceremony