The Ig Nobel awards – an annual award for real science that seems just a bit weird when you first hear about it – also hosts a series of shows around the UK, and the London tour details have been announced.

This is truly one of my annual highlights as it is a fantastically enjoyable evening of weird science and humour.

Click here for my review of last year’s show

This year, the show will include:

Elena Bodnar, a physician, is a 2009 Ig Nobel Prize winner in public health, for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander.

Catherine Douglas of Newcastle University shared the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize in veterinary medicine with Peter Rowlinson for showing that cows who have names give more milk than cows that are nameless.

Erwin Kompanje studies overlooked spectacular medical history. He is a clinical ethicist at Erasmus University Rotterdam. On this year’s tour her will show scientific investigations of Rudolph’s red nose.

John Hoyland created and edits the “Feedback” column in New Scientist Magazine. He will present a fresh batch of oddities.

And Dan Meyer, a swordswallower, shared the 2007 Ig Nobel Medicine Prize for the penetrating medical report “Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects.” In 2010 he will present evidence of some of the unexpected physical objects people have swallowed.

Time limits will be enforced by twin eight-year-old Miss Sweetie Poos.

Tickets are free, but limited to two per applicant.

To request tickets, simply fire off an email to with your name and address. Tickets will be confirmed and posted out at the beginning of March.

The show itself is on Thursday March 18th, 2010, at 6pm.

Look forward to seeing you there on the night.

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