Mondays are no longer Mundane!
So, here we are! After all our talks about Novelty in the last Eloquence session, I hope we all can appreciate novelty around us -
1) The PGP Office finding out a 'Novel' way of excruciating pain on us, the poor souls, by 2 back-to-back FRA quizes.
2) With the HR Questionnaire deadlines approaching, our answers for strengths and weaknesses are full of qualities that never existed before - truly 'Novel'.
3) The recent dorm naming in a few dorms gave us 'Novel' revelations on the most-sought-after tuchchas and tuchchis on campus. (Get going, fellas!)
4) 'Novel' propositions being put by the SAC and CR contenders... (Well, ya, we give it to you - All novelty doesn't translate into actions. Experience has taught us that.)
5) Suddenly, you can see tuchcha(i)s working on their projects and assignments in the library after a complete month and a half of complete idleness. Novelty, who doesn't say?
It's not only IIMA that gives us umpteen examples of Novelty. Lets have a quick sneak peek at what the rest of the world has been up to in its 'Novelty' endeavour.
Introducing The Ig Nobel Awards -
The Ig Nobel Prizes are an American parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. The stated aim of the prizes is to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think." The awards are sometimes veiled criticism (or gentle satire). Organized by the scientific humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), they are presented by a group that includes Nobel Laureates at a ceremony at Harvard University's Sanders Theater, and they are followed by a set of public lectures by the winners at MIT.
And our awardees include the likes of -
- Biology – Robert Klark Graham, selector of seeds and prophet of propagation, for his pioneering development of the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank that accepts donations only from Nobellians and Olympians.
- Chemistry – Jacques Benveniste, prolific proselytizer and dedicated correspondent of Nature, for his persistent "discovery" that water, H2O, is an intelligent liquid, and for demonstrating to his satisfaction that water is able to remember events long after all traces of those events have vanished
- Economics – Michael Milken, titan of Wall Street and father of the junk bond, to whom the world is indebted.
- Education – J. Danforth Quayle, consumer of time and occupier of space (as well as the U.S. Vice President from 1989–93), for demonstrating, better than anyone else, the need for science education.
- Literature – Erich von Däniken, visionary raconteur and author of Chariots of the Gods?, for explaining how human civilization was influenced by ancient astronauts from outer space.
- Medicine – Alan Kligerman, deviser of digestive deliverance, vanquisher of vapor, and inventor of Beano, for his pioneering work with anti-gas liquids that prevent bloat, gassiness, discomfort and embarrassment.
- Peace – Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb and first champion of the Star Wars weapons system, for his lifelong efforts to change the meaning of peace as we know it.
Check out the best 10 entries at - Top 10 Ig Nobel Prize Winners
And then the Na-real Awards, being presented by none other than our very own SRK and SAK in Filmfare 2008:
OK folks, serious stuff....Those inventions might not have got patents for them. Probably they didn't deserve them. Lets have a look at the inventions that did deserve patents - The 10 most ridiculous inventions ever patented
And now, time to test how much you have learnt - Please reply on this thread, explaining what the figure below depicts briefly. And you stand to be felicitated by our Eloquence Co-ord in a 'Novel' Manner.
Keep watching out for 'Novelty' in this world. There ain't no dearth of it.
That's all folks!