Sunday, October 09, 2005

Nigerian E-mail Scammers finally get the recognition they deserve!

The Ignobel Prizes, announced last week, honoured Internet Enterprenauers from Nigeria, for

creating and then using e-mail to distribute a blod series of short stories, thus introducing millions of readers to a cast of rich characters -- General Sani Abacha, Mrs. Mariam Sani Abacha, Barrister Jon A Mbeki Esq., and others -- each of whom requires just a small amount of expense money so as to obtain access to the great wealth to which they are entitled and which they would like to share with the kind person who assists them.

These brave literateurs (is that even a word?) who daily risk imrisonment or worse under Nigerian Criminal Code Section 419 to entertain and delight thousands of readers worldwide have finally got the recognition they deserve, in the form of the Ignobel Prize for Literature.

The other prizes, too are quitte awesome, like the Economics Prize, awarded to Gauri Nanda for inventing an alarm clock that runs away (Btw, I've noticed that Indians and PIOs win way more Ignobels than they do Nobels, I wonder why?). The Peace Prize went to two British researchers who electronically analysed the brain activity of a locust while the insect in question watched selected highlights from the movie Star Wars. But the one that takes the cake, however, is the Medicine Prize, the details of which, unfortunately, I cannot reproduce here. You can read it, along with the other citations, at the official Ignobel Website here.

Posted in Attempts at Humour.


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