A little afternoon music
As visitors entered the theater lobby prior to the ceremony, they were greeted by the dulcet tones of a Timely Concert ("Time" was this year's theme), performed by the Boston Squeezebox Ensemble under the direction of Thomas Michel, accordion player and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
An illuminating experience
Master of ceremonies
Abrahams has also written the librettos for 21 minioperas performed at Ig Nobel events over the years, including the one presented this year: "The Last Second." He is illuminated by "Human Spotlight" and materials scientist Jim Bredt.
Human alarm clock
Time for crime
Soloists Maria Ferrante ("The Timekeeper") and Scott Taylor ("The Reporter") and the "Clock Chorus" were backed by Patrick Yacono, a pianist and biomedical researcher at Harvard Medical School, and Thomas Michel, accordion player and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Sprenger and his colleagues determined that it is possible for a person to relieve an itch on one side of their body by looking in a mirror and scratching the other side.
Go with the flow
A pile of bullsh*t
Tic Tock Toe
Not kidding around
A different perspective
But judging by the cheers and applause that met the performance, there was no confusion on the audience's part — the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony was an unqualified success.