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  • U.S. Government Wins (Ig) Nobel Prize

    Ig Nobel PrizeThanks to President Obama, the U.S. government already has a Norwegian Munitions-Manufacturing War Guilt Memorial Peace Prize winner, even if the recipient is setting some kind of record for the highest ratio of drone strikes to Peace Prizes.

    With the addition of the president's two Grammy awards for the voice recordings of his books and his Cannes Lions International Advertising Awards, the U.S. government is just a Literature Prize short of a GLAP (Grammy, Literature, Advertising, Peace), the lesser known cousin of the EGOT.

    Thanks to the efforts of the Government Accountability Office and the graciousness of the Ig Nobel Prize committee, organized by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research, we are finally GLAPing. The GAO won this year's Literature Ig Nobel thanks to a report it prepared for the Pentagon, titled Actions Needed to Evaluate the Impact of Efforts to Estimate Costs of Reports and Studies

    We are making a recommendation to the Secretary of Defense to take steps to evaluate DOD’s effort to estimate costs to determine whether that effort is having the desired effect of achieving greater transparency, reducing or eliminating reporting requirements, and raising cost awareness.

    In other words, this prize was won for "for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports."

    This should qualify them for the actual Nobel Prize in Physics: forget turtles, when it comes to the fabric of the universe as seen from Washington, it's paperwork all the way down.

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    Tags: Books, Government Accountability Office, Nobel Prize