Prestigious award for research with least amount of practical significance withdrawn

Monday’s award ceremony cancelled after jury discovered research is actually useful

With this April Fool’s joke, we aim to illustrate that there is actually no such thing as pointless research. After all, very fundamental research can also be valuable in various ways, whether it contributes to fundamental understanding or serves as a building block for future applied research. For the attentive reader who loves a puzzle: the names “Prof. Allosi” and “Mari Ginay” are anagrams.

The highly anticipated award ceremony for the Prof. Allosi Award, scheduled to take place at Utrecht University next Monday, has been called off following a startling revelation by the jury. Contrary to their initial assessment, the research in question, conducted by prominent theoreticist Prof. Mari Ginay, was in fact found to have real-world relevance, prompting the abrupt cancellation of the event.

Prof. Mari Ginay had been excited to receive this award in recognition of her purportedly strictly fundamental exploration into prefabulated aluminite. However, upon closer examination of Prof. Ginay’s work, the jury concluded that their assumptions were grossly mistaken.

Joke Trik, head of the jury, apologized for the confusion. “We were fully prepared to bestow this honor upon Prof. Ginay, expecting her research to be nothing more than a whimsical exercise in abstract reasoning. But to our astonishment, we discovered that her findings possess genuine significance and utility.” Prof. Ginay’s research has since been revealed to have far-reaching implications across various fields such as string theory and quantum physics.

I was convinced that my research lacks any practical relevance. But apparently the jury thought otherwise.

Prof. Mari Ginay


In light of this revelation, the university has issued a formal apology to Prof. Ginay for any confusion or embarrassment caused by the premature announcement of the award. Plans for the award ceremony have been scrapped. Prof. Ginay expressed her surprise and disappointment at the decision. “I was convinced that my research lacks any practical relevance. But apparently the jury thought otherwise. I’m sure my colleagues will be equally shocked to realize that even seemingly obscure research may hold the keys to unlocking significant advancements.”

Bust of Prof. Allosi

Prof. Allosi

Prof. Alossi (1882-1974) was a renowned Italian theoreticist, best known for her research on malleable logarithmics for hydrocoptic marzlevanes, and the inverse reactive current in unilateral phase detractors. While she was undeniably brilliant, she is widely acknowledged as one of the rare scientists who have never made any substantial contributions to real-world issues. This has, however, been the subject of some recent controversy; some critics have claimed that her work may have formed a significant contribution to the development of the turbo encabulator in the early 1960’s, although the apparatus itself, even the critics have to admit, does not seem to have any practical relevance whatsoever.