Annals of Improbable Research
The journal of record for inflated research and personalities
NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2009 (volume 15, number 6)
Special Issue: The 2009 Ig Nobel Prizes
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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 2009 Ig Nobel Prizes
The 2009 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony*—Stephen Drew
The 2009 Ig Nobel Prize Winners*
The Acceptance Speeches*
The Keynote Address*
The 24/7 Lectures*
The Hundred Trillion Dollar Book*—Alice Shirrell Kaswell
LIBRETTO: The Big Bank Opera—L. van. Beethoven, G. Rossini, M. Abrahams
Hand Sanitizing: An Informal Look*—John Trinkaus
Improbable Research Reviews*
Improbable Research Review*—Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review*—Bertha Vanatian
May We Recommend*—Stephen Drew
News & Notes
AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
CARTOON: “Antibiotic Resistance”—Nick Kim
HMO-NO News: Tough Love!
XKCD: “String Theory”—Randall Munroe
On the Front Cover
Javier Morales (standing) and Miquel Apátiga (kneeling), co-discoverers of a way to convert tequila into diamonds, finish up their acceptance speech, with encouragement of a sort for eight-year-old Miss Sweetie Poo. Photo: Eric Workman.
On the Back Cover
Maria Ferrante and Ben Sears play their roles as hyper-ambitious young bankers in the premier of “The Big Bank Opera,” a part of the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. Photo: Alexey Eliseev.