2015 Ig Nobel Prize winner

This paper won a 2015 Ig Nobel Prize. We couldn’t attend the official ceremony in Harvard, and instead sent in the video below.

Fortunately, two weeks later, the Ig Nobels came to Europe, where one of us could attend, and part of the ceremony was repeated to award us the prize.

Our initial acceptance speech was the shortest one on record. It was also a demo of the extraordinary power of the word ‘Huh?’. Consider:

  1. On Sept 17, 2015 in Harvard, we were awarded the prize (in absentia)
  2. We said “Huh?”
  3. Then on Oct 3, 2015 in Amsterdam, they repeated the awarding of the prize

That’s when we got it.

Mark Dingemanse, Francisco Torreira & N.J. Enfield


Thank you for your interest in our work. To learn more about what’s special about ‘Huh?’, read the original paper, have a look at the frequently asked questions, or check out some of the media coverage. Also be sure to read our team’s newest study on universal principles in the ‘repair’ of communication problems.