This year’s Ig Noble prize for literature has been awarded to the US Government General Accountability Office, the American equivalent of the UK Ministry for Paperclips, for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends (wait for it, wait for it) the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.
In case you wish to feel the joy of life slip slowly through your fingers feel free to check out where your tax dollars have been wasted this year with “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. Oh go on I dare you – its 32 pages long and I bet you’ll not manage two paragraphs!
The IgNobels are a parody of the Nobel Awards and are issued annually for 10 unusual or trivial achievements. This is their 22nd year.
And no, the Federal Government did not choose to send anyone to accept this accolade.
Copyright David Macadam 2012