AIR 14-4

Annals of Improbable Research

The journal of record for inflated research and personalities

JULY|AUGUST 2008 (volume 14, number 4)
Special Colorful Research Issue


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.

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Contents

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: Colorful Research

6 Color Preference in the Insane* — 8 Alchemy’s Shower of Gold* — 10 Colorful Research Review* — 12 Red: Bull* —

Improbable Research

14 An Impartial Price Survey of Various Household Liquids as Compared to a Gallon of Gasoline* — 15 What’s Cooking at the Museum of Burnt Food* — 18 Burnt Food Research Review* — 20 Forensic Adventures: Birthday Boy* —

Improbable Research Reviews*

4 Improbable Research Review* — 5 Improbable Medical Review* — 22 Soft Is Hard* — 24 Peer Review: Revealed Mealiness* — 27 May We Recommend* — 28 Boys Will Be Boys* —

News & Notes

IFC Introducing Improbable TV
2 AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
3 Improbable Research Editorial Board
13 HMO-NO News: Eye Contact!
18 Teachers’ Guide
21 AIR books
22 Ig Nobel Invitation
26 Nomenclature Quiz: Lure or Band? — 30 Puzzling Solutions — 30 Answers to the Quiz “Lure or Band?”
32 CARTOON: “New Neighbors” — 32 Back Issues
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On the Front Cover

Trouble comes to the Alchemist, 17-18th century, 17th century Netherlandish. (FA 2000.001.269. Oil on canvas. Fisher Collection Chemical Heritage Foundation Collections.) Photo by Will Brown.

On the Back Cover

Ig Nobel Prize winner Jim Gundlach, co-author of the study “The Effects of Country Music on Suicide,” in Upper Oddington, England, during the 2008 Ig Nobel Tour of the UK. The tour is part of the UK’s National Science Week. Photo: Carol Gundlach.