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Annals of Improbable Research

MAY | JUNE 2009 (volume 15, number 3)

Special ACCOUNTING Issue

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Financiers’ Fingers,
Financiers’ Genes,
Adventures in Accounting...

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: Financial Meltdown

IFC Boys Will Be Boys: Financial Trading*—
6 Blood, Fingers, and Genes of Fabulous Financial Traders*—
11 Great Adventures in Accounting*—

Improbable Research

14 A Crusade Against the Quest for the Holy Grail*—
20 A Golden Mean in Your Mouth*—
24 A Tribute to the Edible Dormouse*—
26 The Public Erection of G.S. Brindley*—

Improbable Research Reviews*

4 Improbable Research Review*—
5 Improbable Medical Review*—
13 Icky Cutesy Research Review*—
18 Boys Will Be Boys*—
25 May We Recommend*—
28 Soft Is Hard*—

News & Notes

2 AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
12 AIR books
19 Teachers’ Guide
22 Puzzling Solutions—
31 HMO-NO News: Dentistry—The Final Solution!
32 CARTOON: “The Galileo of the Lemmings”—
31 Back Issues
IBC Unclassified Ads

On the Front Cover

In 2008 and 2009 the nation of Zimbabwe boasted high inflation rates, and issued bank notes in denominations seldom seen in any nation’s paper currency. This is the front of a twenty-billion ($20,000,000,000 — or, in scientific notation 2 x 1010 dollars) Zimbabwe bank note.

On the Back Cover

The back of the twenty-billion Zimbabwe dollar note pictured on the front cover.