Getting an award is a great achievement in any field. It is a recognition of your hard work, ingenuity, persistence and the resulting achievements. But if you were to receive any of the following awards, you won’t be celebrating. Every year many pseudo awards are given to the worst achievements in a field. You can get such an award by being very bad at your job, being stupid or by spending a lot of time and effort to achieve something that wasn’t worth achieving at all.
10. Stinky Shoe Award:
The Stinky Shoe Award is given every year in Vermont in the annual National Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest. The competition started in 1975 as a marketing stunt by a local shoe store and was taken over by Odor Eaters in 1988. A panel of highly experienced judges assesses the sneakers according to the condition of the sole, tongue, heel, toe, laces or Velcro, eyelets, overall condition and odor.
9. Bad Sex in Fiction Award:
The Bad Sex in Fiction Award is handed out each year by British magazine Literary Review. It was started in 1993 by Rhoda Koenig, a critic, and Auberon Waugh, the editor of Literary Review at the time. The award is given to discourage crude sexual descriptions with tasteless metaphors in literature. Some of the famous award winners are Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer and Nicholas Royle.
8. The Foot in Mouth Award:
The British Plain English Campaign awards The Foot in Mouth Award each year to a public figure that has made a baffling remark in public. Famous winners include Richard Gere and Naomi Campbell but the most famous award has to be the 2008 lifetime achievement award given to George W. Bush who said, “I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe – I believe what I believe is right.”
7. The Pigasus Award:
The Pigasus Award was started by magician James Randi in 1982 and he has given out the awards unofficially almost every year since then. The award is meant as a way to “honor” the worst of the pseudo-scientists and psychics who claim to have paranormal powers. There are different categories of the awards including worst pseudoscience effort, most fraudulent performer, the organization that funded the most useless study and the media outlet that reported the most outrageous instance of paranormal phenomenon.
6. The Lantern Rouge:
The Lantern Rouge is an award that is given to the cyclist who finishes last in the Tour de France. A Red Lantern award is given to the last place in most cycle races but the Tour de France award has become most popular. It has been handed out unofficially since 1903 and it became so prestigious that cyclists fought for it as hard as they fought for the yellow jersey. Belgian cyclist Wim Vansevenant won the award three times in a row from 2006 to 2008.
5. Stella Award:
The Stella Award is given each year in U.S.A for the most ridiculous lawsuit of the year. Americans have been known to file silly and frivolous lawsuits in order to become rich and in 1992 Stella Liebeck successfully sued McDonald’s for $2.9 million because she spilled their coffee on herself. Reporter Randy Cassingham started the awards in 2002. Each year more and more ridiculous lawsuits win this award with the most famous being 2005’s winner Christopher Roller who claimed he was God and that illusionists David Blaine and David Copperfield had stolen his supernatural power to perform magic tricks.
4. The Big Brother Awards:
The Big Brother Awards are inspired by George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. They are given by Privacy International, a nonprofit watchdog group. They award governments, individuals and corporations who violate privacy of normal individuals. The recipients of the awards include, Google, Vladimir Putin and most famously Tony Blair who received the Lifetime Menace award in 2005.
3. Darwin Award:
If there is one award you never want to win on this list then it has to be the Darwin Award which is given each year posthumously to the individual who dies in the most idiotic way possible. It is a way of thanking the individual for removing their stupid genes from the gene pool. The award winners include a lawyer who thought it would be a good idea to test the strength of his 24th floor windows by running into them at full speed. To his credit he did find out just before hitting the ground that the windows weren’t strong enough.
2. Ig Nobel Prize:
The Ig Nobel Prize is the ignoble cousin of the Nobel Prize. It is given each year to scientists for their seemingly bizarre and inconsequential breakthroughs. The prize is given by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. While some of the awarded breakthroughs are just silly, others are remarkable even if funny at first look. In 2007 the U.S. Air Force was awarded the prize for their theoretical “Gay Bomb” which was designed to scatter female pheromones over enemy soldiers, causing them to become sexually attracted to each other.
1. Golden Raspberry Award:
The Golden Raspberry Awards are the Oscars of the bad actors and filmmakers. Every year on the day before the Oscar these awards, also known as the Razzies, are handed out to the worst performances of the year. Mamma Mia made a sort of a record for being nominated both in the Oscars and in the Razzies. In 2004 Halle Berry received the worst actress award for Catwoman, only two years after receiving the best actress Oscar for Monster’s Ball. She received the award in person and thanked her director and manager to helping her deliver such a bad performance.