Friday, October 2, 2009

Gardaí win Ig Nobel Literature Prize

This year's Ig Nobel Prize winners include

Ireland's police service (An Garda Siochana), for writing and presenting more than fifty traffic tickets to the most frequent driving offender in the country — Prawo Jazdy — whose name in Polish means "Driving License".
That reminds me of when I was working for the county council and came across some correspondence with a UK environmental monitoring firm (for the sake of argument). The County Secretary had written to them and had, as was normal practice, signed the letter with his title, "Runaí Chonndae", typed underneath. Inevitably, the reply came back: "Dear Mr. Chonndae..."

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