Annals of Improbable Research
JULY | AUGUST 2011 (volume 17, number 4)
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Remembering Professor Lipscomb,
His Real-Life Adventures,
His Secret Mission...
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Special Section: Professor Lipscomb
Professor Lipscomb Is Gone* — Marc Abrahams
Professor Lipscomb in Performance*
A Few Real-Life Lipscomb Adventures* — Jim Lipscomb
Professor Lipscomb’s Secret Mission — Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Improbable Research Reviews*
Improbable Research Review* — Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review*
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AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
For Nauseated Children* — Stephen Drew
Research In, On, or About 778* — Stephen Drew
KIM CARTOON: “Analytical Chemists in the Wild West” Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Announcement
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Promotion, Ignition, Spaghetti* — Martin Eiger<
Puzzling Solutions — Emil Filterbag
XKCD: “Circuit Diagram” — Randall Munroe
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On the Front CoverAccompanied by Ig Nobel minordomo Peaco Todd, Professor Lipscomb scans the audience at the 2008 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, wondering which of the 1200 attendees will be the one to win a date with him. Photo: Kees Moeliker.
On the Back CoverIn life, as in fiction, Professor Lipscomb was an accomplished clarinetist.