Bike Smut hero lauded

When the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, took his mayoral might to the boulevards in a fit of anti-automative destruction, Bike Smut was aroused. Now we know that we were not the only ones to be so excited. Mayor Arturas Zoukas has now been honored with the Ig Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his radical solution to urban car terror. The citation is specifically for “demonstrating that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by running them over with an armored tank.”

The Ig Nobel prizes are a prestigious award that honors ground-breaking global scientific research. Mayor Zoukas shares this year’s award with such luminaries as Anna Wilkinson, Natalie Sebanz, Isabella Mandl and Ludwig Huber their paper No Evidence Of Contagious Yawning in the Red-Footed Tortoise Geochelone carbonaria,” Anna Wilkinson, Natalie Sebanz, Isabella Mandl, Ludwig Huber, Current Zoology, vol. 57, no. 4, 2011. pp. 477-84. Mayor Zoukas traveled to Harvard University last month to receive his Ig Nobel at the awards ceremony.

We congratulate Mayor Zuokas on his achievement. We wish him the greatest success in exploring further innovations in state-sponsered anti-car militancy.

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