Annals of Improbable Research
JANUARY|FEBRUARY 2008 (volume 14, number 1)
The features marked with a star (*) are based entirely on material taken straight from standard research (and other Official and Therefore Always Correct) literature. Many of the other articles are genuine, too, but we don’t know which ones.
Special Section: Reclassification/Renaming
6 Artificae Plantae: The Taxonomy, Ecology, and Ethnobotany of the Simulacraceae —
11 Constellation Reformation* — 13 Reclassification Research Review* —
15 A The Problem with My Books* —
Improbable Research Reviews*
IFC Where Freckles Come From * —
4 Improbable Research Review* —
5 Improbable Medical Review* —
18 Lester’s Latest* —
20 Plucked from Obscurity: Technology + Animals* —
24 Boys Will Be Boys* —
27 Icky Cutesy Research Review* —
28 Soft Is Hard* —
30 May We Recommend*—Stephen Drew
News & Notes
2 AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
14 AIR books
14 HMO-NO News: Antibiotics, Antibiotics!
16 Puzzling Solutions —
26 Bends on the Learning Curve—Richard Lederer
30 Teachers’ Guide
31 CARTOON: “Cheshire Cat Weirder” — Nick Kim
31 Back Issues
IBC Unclassified Ads
On the Front Cover
Wooden tulips arranged on the title page of Richard Muther’s textbook Practical Plant Layout, published in the year 1955.
On the Back Cover
The constellation Perseus, as depicted by the German astronomer Johannes Hevelius in his atlas published in the year 1690. Image courtesy of National Library of Medicine, who have digitized the entire book.