Long after Salman Rushdie is forgotten, posterity will celebrate these great geniuses, these masters of intertextual mediation and profligate heteroglossia. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a round of applause for the winners of the 2012 Ig Nobel Prize for Literature:

LITERATURE PRIZE: The US Government General Accountability Office, for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.

REFERENCE: “Actions Needed to Evaluate the Impact of Efforts to Estimate Costs of Reports and Studies,” US Government General Accountability Office report GAO-12-480R, May 10, 2012.