ON THE BLOCK: An Ig Nobel celebrant won a date with Nobelist Dudley Herschbach.
The Annals of Improbable Research followed tradition in its "Fifth First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony," honoring the 1995 Ig Nobel laureates with its own special version of pomp. Prizes-awarded to those whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced"-were presented by Nobelists Sheldon Glashow (physics 1979), Dudley Herschbach (chemistry 1986), Joseph Murray (physiology or medicine 1990), and Richard Roberts (physiology or medicine 1993). A further prize-an opportunity to spend quality time with Herschbach-was awarded in a Win-a-Date-with-a-Nobel-Laureate Contest. In keeping with this year's ceremony's theme of "DNA, the stuff of life and legend," the Ig Nobel Chemistry prize was awarded to Bijan Pakzad of Beverly Hills, creator of DNA cologne and DNA perfume-both of which are packaged in a triple helix bottle. Accepting the award was Sally Yeh, president of Bijan Fragrances Inc. James...
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