The tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel awards were handed Thursday to dozens of scientists, including those who confirmed drunk people think they are more attractive and studied the onion enzyme that makes us cry. The Nobel prize spoof honors achievements "that first make people laugh and then make them think," according to a press release. The Ig Nobels invite real Nobel laureates to confer honors on serious scientists for work that is generally only unintentionally funny. There is also a peace prize, which this year was jointly awarded to the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, for making it illegal to applaud in public, and to the Belarus police "for arresting a one-armed man for applauding." The safety engineering prize went to late American researcher Gustano Pizzo, who invented a system to trap airplane hijackers, seal them into a package and parachute them into the hands of police. A team from the … [Read more...] about Wacky Ig Nobel prizes show the funny side of science
VietNamNet Bridge - The HCM City Police Department’s newly-issued ban of traffic policemen from carrying over VND100,000 (US$4.7) while on duty has stirred up a controversy. Lieutenant colonel Tran Van Thuong, chief of HCM City’s Rach Chiec Traffic Police Team said that this regulation has been implemented. Accordingly, if an officer needs to bring more than the limit for use after work, he must seal the excess amount with confirmation from his superior. In addition, traffic police officers are not allowed to use cell phones while on duty. These regulations are aimed at strengthening supervision by heads of police units over their staff, while forming a framework for handling cases in which traffic police officers allegedly take bribes from traffic violators, said Colonel Le Minh Chau, director of the department. Under a new directive from the Ministry of Public Security, directors of police departments in centrally-run provinces and cities must directly … [Read more...] about Is it funny to ban traffic cops from carrying over $5?
VietNamNet Bridge – The first lunar month is the month of festivals. Everywhere in the country, festivals are held to commemorate those who contributed to the country and the people and to pray for peace and prosperity in the new year. People come to festivals in the mood of eagerness and enthusiasm. VietNamNet’s photographer "snapped" many funny and odd scenes at festivals in northern Vietnam. Two old ladies “chatted” at the festival of So Temple in Soc Son District, Hanoi. Le Anh Dung … [Read more...] about Funny and weird acts at festivals in Vietnam
The Hanoitimes - The play introduces international audiences to Vietnam’s traditional costumes, as well as folk dance and singing of the northern region. A 13-member Vietnamese art troupe led by Director Nguyen The Vinh will take centre stage at the International Performing Arts Festival in Pohang city, the Republic of Korea (RoK), from July 29 to August 5. They will perform the hilariously funny Cai Lao Hoan Dong (Rejuvenation), a short folk drama adapted by Nhat Linh, recounting a poor farmer’s victory over greedy and dishonest rivals thanks to superior intelligence and endearing cunning. Stage Director Tuan Hai cleverly combines folklore and humorous features to make the story more interesting. The drama was voted as the most favourite play at the China-ASEAN Theatre Festival in the Chinese city of Nanning last September./. Le Tran … [Read more...] about Vietnamese art troupe to perform funny folk drama in Korea
(Cinet) – For the first time, private center for video and record has organized the composition contest of 2009 funny film scripts, with a total prize price of VND 50 million. Thang Long Audiovisual Joint Stock Company has officially launched the composition contest of funny film scripts. It is the first time the private center for video and record has organized composition contest of funny film scripts for participatory subjects including all individuals and collectives now living and working at home and abroad, amateur and professional writers without age limit. Under the regulations of the Organization Board, participatory scripts don’t limit to topics and presentations, and their contents have to make laughter cheery and profound, but contain educational significance through the Vietnamese’s funny points and in accordance with the Vietnamese’s habits and customs. An author or a group of authors can send one or many scripts at the same time or many times … [Read more...] about Launching a composition contest of 2009 funny film scripts