Ig Nobel prize winner
"The Definite Article: Acknowledging 'The' in Index Entries,"
Glenda Browne, The Indexer 22:3 (2001), 119-22
The Ig Nobel prizes are awarded for "Research that makes people LAUGH then THINK". In 2007 the Ig Nobel Literature Prize was awarded to Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study of the word "the" - and of the many ways it causes problems for anyone who tries to put things into alphabetical order. The article was originally published in the April 2001 issue of The Indexer.
The article may be viewed online: Indexer, 22:3.
For more information about the Ig Nobel awards, please see www.improbable.com.