Annals of Improbable Research
JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2010 (volume 16, number 1)
Special Issue: Beards & Bagels & Paper Airplaness
Beards as sound baffles...
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: Beards & Bagels & Paper Airplanes
Time for a Shave? Does Facial Hair Interfere With Visual Speech Intelligibility? — Susanne Fuchs, Melanie Weirich, Christian Kroos, Natalie Fecher, Daniel Pape and Sabine Koppetsch
Beard Research Review* Paper Airplane Producers: Morning Types vs. Evening Types Paper Airplane Research Review* Mathematically Correct Breakfast: How to Slice a Bagel into Two Linked Halves
Improbable Research Reviews*
May We Recommend* — Stephen DrewImprobable Research Review* Improbable Medical Review* — Bertha Vanatian Ig® and Beyond* Soft Is Hard* Ptak: Eiffel Tower and 10-Ton Bullet* Boys Will Be Boys* Icky Cutesy Research Review* Plucked From Obscurity: Upside-Down Reliability*
News & Notes
AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Puzzling Solutions Emil Filterbag
CARTOON: “Copier Jams” — Nick Kim HMO-NO News: Healthy Lint!
XKCD: “Fields Arranged by Purity” Back Issues
On the Front Cover
On the Back Cover
Images from a thoracic spine examination by Christopher Vittore and Kevin Tribble, radiologists in Rockford, Ilinois and clinical assistant professors at University of Illinois College of Medicine. MRI technologist, Deb Savala assisted with the technical data. This was performed on an open MRI machine, a General Electric Signa 0.35 Tesla MRI scanner. (Details: 40 x 40 cm field of view, sagital plane, frequency 256, phase 128, image slice thickness 5 mm with 2mm skip interval, no phase wrap.)
September 30, 2010 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
October 2, 2010 Ig Informal Lectures
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