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Annals of Improbable Research

MARCH | APRIL 2009 (volume 15, number 2)

Special NAVEL LINT Issue

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Lots of Lint Studies
Steinhauser’s Lint
Okajima’s Lint Extractor...

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: Navel Lint Studies

6 Navel Lint Studies, Continued*— 8 Steinhauser’s Lint *— 10 The Okajima / Fujinami Navel Lint Invention*—

Improbable Research

12 The Coming and Going of Cello Scrotum*—14 The 374-Word Oath*—16 PubMed Goes to the Movies (Part 2)*—20 Body of Work: Guéguen and the Goad of Small Things*—

Improbable Research Reviews*

IFC May We Recommend*—4 Improbable Research Review*—5 Improbable Medical Review*—13 Life and De’Eath*—24 Boys Will Be Boys*— 28 Soft Is Hard*—

News & Notes

2 AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
3 Introducing Improbable TV
8 Improbable Research Editorial Board
15 Teachers’ Guide
23 AIR books
26 Puzzling Solutions—27 The 19th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
31 HMO-NO News: The Gluttony Diet!
31 Back Issues
32 CARTOON: “Curiouser and Curiouser”—IBC Unclassified Ads

On the Front Cover

The Okajima / Fujinami Navel Lint invention for removing navel lint. See “The Okajima / Fujinami Navel Lint Invention” on page 10.

On the Back Cover

An unidentified insect (called a “mooch bug” in the paperwork that came with the photo) on a pack of Chesterfield cigarettes. The photo is on file at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C.