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A Minimovie is an episodic documentary consisting of a series of 8 to 10 episodes of 3 to 7 minutes each. Put together, the episodes form a self-contained story.

Ig Nobel Prizes

First Laugh, Then Think!

Homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck

Kees Moeliker won the Ig Nobel Prize for Biology in 2003 for documenting the first scientifically recorded case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck. In other words, Mr. Moeliker, who is the curator of the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was witness of the fact that a male duck raped another male duck, which was already dead!

6:11 minutes
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Dying for taxes

In 2001, Joel Slemrod & Wojciech Kopczuk won the Ig Nobel Prize in the field of Economics with their morbid paper "Dying to save taxes". Their conclusion was that people find a way to postpone their deaths if that would qualify them for a lower rate on the inheritance tax.

6:03 minutes
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Tumbling toast

Robert Matthews gave the answer to one of the oldest questions ever: Why do toasts often fall on the buttered side? The winning paper "Tumbling toast, Murphy's Law and the fundamental constants" takes the reader to the origin of the problem, namely the Big Bang. Winner in the field of Physics in 1996.

6:23 minutes
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Having sex in MRI-scan

Sex in a MRI-scan! Pek van Andel, Willibrord Weijmar Schultz, Eduard Mooyaart and Ida Sabelis conducted the revolutionary experiment in which heterosexual couples made love in a MRI-scan. The Medicine prize in 2000 went to the Netherlands.

6:54 minutes
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Bottomless soup bowls

Brian Wansink explored the seemingly boundless appetites of human beings, by feeding them with a self-refilling bowl of soup. That creative experiment was good enough for the Nutrition prize in 2007.

6:27 minutes
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Sword swallowing and its side effects

What could be the side effects of swallowing a sword? That simple question led to the first full-size research among professional sword swallowers all over the world. Dan Meyer, President of the Sword Swallowers Association International and Brian Witcombe, radiologist, won the 2007 Medicine prize.

7:21 minutes
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Ig Nobel Prizes are the not-so-well-known alternative of the famous Nobel Prizes. Each year since 1989, ten scientists receive prizes for "research that makes people LAUGH and then THINK". Watch six scientists and their studies about the most important subjects of our daily life: having sex, food, money, death, and having sex again.


Mr. Bahram Sadeghi (1967, Iran) works since 1998 as director and host for public TV stations in the Netherlands. In addition he is a freelance writer for various national newspapers and weeklies. Mr Sadeghi has no hobbies.

Camera & Sound: Bahram Sadeghi
Editor: Dikla Zeidler, Sander Cijsouw

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