Annals of Improbable Research

MAY | JUNE 2012 (volume 18, number 3)

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Special Issue: Randomness vs. Stupidity

Stupidity Research Review,
Grigsby’s Stupidity Collection,
The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

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.

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Special Section: Randomness vs. Stupidity

The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity Suggest a Better Way to Choose Politicians* — Marc Abrahams
Grigsby’s Stupidity Citations* — Jim Grigsby
Stupidity Research Review* — Dirk Manly

Improbable Research
Finding an Optimal Seating Chart* — Meghan L. Bellows and J.D. Luc Peterson

Improbable Research Reviews*
Coming: The 22nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Improbable Research Review* — Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* >— Bertha Vanatian
Soft Is Hard* — Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango
Icky Cutesy Research Review* — Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Boys Will Be Boys* — Katherine Lee
Ig® and Beyond: Sounds of Chocolates and Seal Slaps*— Nan Swift

News & Notes
AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Editorial Board
AIR Books
Puzzling Solutions — Emil Filterbag
Teachers’ Guide
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Herring, Curses, and Coke* — Martin Eiger
The Birds From the Flowers: P-Cock & Q-Cumber— R.W. Wood
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September 16, 2012 Publication of the book This Is Improbable
September 20, 2012 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
September 22, 2012 The Ig Informal Lectures
February 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting
March 2013 Ig Nobel Tour of the UK
March 2013 Ig Nobel Tour of Scandinavia

On the Front Cover
A somewhat random selection of titles of academic studies about stupidity.

On the Back Cover
Eight specimens from The Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Photos: Geri Sullivan.