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Annals of Improbable Research

The journal of record for inflated research and personalities

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2008 (volume 14, number 5)
Special Issue: Dots and Spots


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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: Dots and Spots

6 Dots and Spots Research Review* — 7 Windowspotting* — 8 How Big, How Small* — 10 The Inventive Inventions of Dotts* — 12 Tidman and the Masquerades* — 14 Spots Where the Spotted Were Spotted* —

Improbable Research

16 The Tasting of the Shrew* — 18 PubMed Goes to the Movies* —

Improbable Research Reviews*

4 Improbable Research Review* — 5 Improbable Medical Review* — 22 Boys Will Be Boys* — 28 Soft Is Hard* — 29 Footnoted in Passing* — 30 May We Recommend* —

News & Notes

IFC Introducing Improbable TV
2 AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
3 Improbable Research Editorial Board
9 Teachers’ Guide
13 HMO-NO News: Self-Allergy Fear Alleviation!
15 Ig Nobel Invitation
21 Medical End Notes* — 24 Puzzling Solutions — 24 AIR books
25 Poem: 37 Therapists* — 32 CARTOON: “Genetic Engineering Homework” — 32 Back Issues
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On the Front Cover

Dotted spots composed from photographs of leopards, dalmatian dogs, spotted beetles, spotted eagle rays, leopard fish, and other animals. Collage by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff.

On the Back Cover

People atop a big plastic bubble at the Hayward Gallery, London, June 2008, photographed from within the bubble. Photo: Stephen Drew, Improbable Research staff.