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Trump and AMLO win an 'anti Nobel', the prize for absurdity, for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic


Several presidents earned this humorous recognition for believing that they have better judgment than scientists and doctors who study for years.

Not even the coronavirus could stop the delivery of the IG Nobel or anti-Nobel prizes, which recognize the most absurd and insane investigations, and which this year awarded, among others, a group of leaders, including Donald Trump and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. 


IG Nobel for Medical Education

was awarded to the presidents of the United States and Mexico, in addition to Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil;

Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister;

and Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, "for using COVID-19 to teach the world that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors," the organizers said.

[This has been Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the sequence of mistakes that led him to ignore the urgency]

"These are individuals who found that they have

better judgment than people who have been studying their entire lives,

" said Marc Abrahams, the event's main organizer.

One of the most absurd investigations, and one that won the

IG Nobel in Science

, was carried out by a group of scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom to test

the effectiveness of knives made from frozen human feces


The legend about an old man who used his frozen feces to make a knife with which he killed a beast and managed to survive despite having no other tools at hand was the motivation for these experts of science to put all their knowledge to the test. 

Metin Eren, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Kent in Ohio, used real feces frozen at -58 degrees to create a sharp knife and attempt to cut meat with it. 

"It was a miserable failure," he said, debunking the veracity of the account.

The IG Nobel were devised by the

Annals of Improbable Research


 to recognize the 10 most absurd, crazy and incredible studies that have been carried out in the last year.

His motto is "research that makes you laugh first, then think."

This year, the awards ceremony took place virtually without the usual ceremony at Harvard University.

Despite this, he maintained the tradition that it was the winners of the Nobel prizes who gave the


to these alternative investigations.

"It was a nightmare, it took us months to organize, but we have done it," said Abrahams, who is editor of the magazine.

Another of this year's awards was given to an investigation into 

why some people are bothered by the noises others make when they eat


And researchers from several countries also won, including Colombians and Chileans, who tried to establish the relationship between

the income inequality of some countries and the average number of times their citizens kiss each other on the lips


Each winner was mailed a document that they could print with instructions on how to assemble their own cube-shaped prize.

To make the ceremony as real as possible, the Nobel laureates handed out the trophies off-screen and the winner reached out from the screen to pull out the one they had already assembled.

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2020-09-18

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