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October 04, 2004

Karaoke Inventor Takes Ig Nobel Prize

Among the winners at this year's Ig Nobel Prize awards, held at Harvard University, was Daisuke Inoue of Hyogo, Japan, the inventor of the karaoke machine. Inoue won this year's Peace prize for "providing an entirely new way for people to learn to tolerate each other," said Marc Abrahams, director of the hilariously cornball annual awards ceremony, and editor of The Annals of Improbable Research, or AIR, a magazine that pokes fun at real, but offbeat, research. Inoue, speaking in his best broken English, accepted the prize, and glowed before the evening's only standing ovation. He then launched into a karaoke version of the old Coca-Cola jingle, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing." The American Nudist Research Library won the prize for literature, "for preserving nudist history so that everyone can see it." Other awards went to scientists who "proved" that it is safe to eat food after it has been dropped on the floor, and those who discovered that herrings communicate by farting.

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