Tank Mayor in America

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Back in August, this site featured a post about the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, who handled cars illegally parked in the bike lane by running them over with a tank. Two months later, the man himself headed to America, for the twenty-first first annual Ig Nobel prizes.

The Ig Nobels, a spoof on the true Nobels, award unusual and often amusing scientific research. The incredibly nerdy ceremony features paper airplanes, real Nobel laureates presenting, moments of science, and much more. Prizes this year went to scientists who determined the ideal density for airborne wasabi to be used in a fire alarm, researchers who determined that red-footed turtles are impervious to the contagious effects of yawning, and many others.

Vilnius mayor Arturas Zoukas received this year’s Ig Nobel Peace Prize, for so ably “showing that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by running them over with an armored tank”. The stickers he handed out explain things in hilarious pictogram form:

Tank and Bicycle Lane
Approximate translation: “Priority Lane for Bicycles and Tanks”

Pictured below is Mayor Zuokas agreeing, via handshake with your humble author, to future discussions for devising additional penalties for idiotic motoring. Anyone who’s ever driven in Massachusetts will agree to the necessity of such a summit.

Arturas Zuokas
Sadly, he did not bring his tank.

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