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Annals of Improbable Research

The journal of record for inflated research and personalities

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2008 (volume 14, number 6)
Special Issue: The 2008 Ig® Nobel Prizes


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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.

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: The 2008 Ig Nobel Prizes

IFC Some Ig Nobel Prize Winners*
6 The 18th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony* — Stephen Drew
10 A Special Ceremony in Genoa*—Nan Swift
12 The 2008 Ig Nobel Prize Winners*
16 The Ig Nobel Acceptance Speeches*
21 An Ig Nobel Tribute to Coca-Cola* — Nan Swift
22 The 24-7 Lectures*
24 Mini-opera Libretto: “Redundancy, Again”—Stephen Foster, Charles B. Ward, Samuel A. Ward and Marc Abrahams

Improbable Research Reviews*

4 Improbable Research Review* — Dirk Manley
5 Improbable Medical Review* — Bertha Vanatian
28 Boys Will Be Boys*— Katherine Lee

News & Notes

2 AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
3 Improbable Research Editorial Board
9 Introducing Improbable TV
11 Teachers’ Guide
22 AIR books
30 HMO-NO News: Digestive Woes!
30 Back Issues
32 CARTOON: “Lost” — Nick Kim
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On the Front Cover

Dr. Deborah Anderson, co-winner of the 2008 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine, delivers her acceptance speech. Dr. Anderson and her team discovered that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicide. They shared the prize with a group of doctors who discovered that it is not. Photo: Kees Moeliker / Improbable Research.

On the Back Cover

The 2008 Ig Nobel Prize. Hand-built by Eric Workman, made of exceedingly cheap materials, the prize reflects the theme of the year’s Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. This year’s theme is Redundancy. Photo: Eric Workman / Improbable Research.