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Annals of Improbable Research

The journal of record for inflated research and personalities

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2009 (volume 15, number 6)

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Special Issue: The 2009 Ig Nobel Prizes

Panda poo spinoff,
Tequila-based diamonds,
Chernobyl-inspired bra/mask…

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: 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

Improbable Research

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
AIR Books
Teachers’ Guide
Back Issues
Editorial Board
HMO-NO News: Tough Love!
XKCD: “String Theory”—Randall Munroe
Unclassified Ads

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.