Annals of Improbable Research
The journal of record for inflated research and personalities
MAY|JUNE 2008 (volume 14, number 3)
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: Anti-Terrorism
IFC Smells of Happiness, and of Fear* — 6 Plucked From Obscurity: Anti-Terrorism Mask* — 7 How to Recognize a Weapon of Mass Destruction* — 8 Bombshell Research Review* —
10 April in Paris: A Striking Analysis* — 12 The Cingulate Cortex Does Everything* — 17 Constellation Reformation: The Next Generation* — 19 A Penny’s Not Going to Kill You* —
Improbable Research Reviews*
4 Improbable Research Review* — 5 Improbable Medical Review* — 23 Peer Review: Donut Innards* — 24 Boys Will Be Boys* — 27 Icky Cutesy Research Review* — 28 Soft Is Hard* — 30 May We Recommend* —
News & Notes
2 AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
11 HMO-NO News: Water for Life!
15 Teachers’ Guide
16 Puzzling Solutions — 18 Improbable Research Editorial Board
21 AIR books
22 Ig Nobel Invitation
26 Bends on the Learning Curve — 30 Back Issues
31 CARTOON: “Kekulé 1865” — IBC Unclassified Ads
On the Front Cover
A mask to be used in case of terrorist attack or other emergency. The mask, described in U.S. patent #2033357 [NOTE inserted later: This was a typo. The correct patent number is 7,255,627.] (granted in 2007) converts from a two-cup brassiere. The brassiere’s other cup is used as a mask to be given to any bystander who is in need of protection. For details see “Plucked from Obscurity: Anti-Terrorism Mask” on page 6 of this issue.
On the Back Cover
A strawberry. found in Salem, Massachusetts, that resembles the profile of film director Alfred Hitchcock. Photo: Jesse Eppers.