Annals of Improbable Research

MAY | JUNE 2013 (volume 19, number 3)

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Special Issue
Boring Machines

Some Boring Machines,
Other Boring Machines,
More Boring Machines…

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: Boring Machines
Boring Machines* - Guy Bloke
John Boring’s Weight or Follower* - Stephen Drew
Boring Eyebrush* - Guy Bloke


Improbable Research
A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine— O. Hai and I.B. Hakkenshit
The Pre-patent Methods of R.T. Grace*— Alice Shirrell Kaswell


Improbable Research Reviews*
Leading Research: Micturition and the Soul*— William Drinktea Thackeray
Improbable Research Review* - Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* - Bertha Vanatian
The 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Soft Is Hard* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango

Boys Will Be Boys* - Katherine Lee
Icky Cutesy Research Review* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Plucked From Obscurity: Love and Reincarnation* - Marina Tsipis
Ig® and Beyond: Death by Biscuit* - Nan Swift
May We Recommend: Lion Manes and
Human Beards* - Stephen Drew


News & Notes
AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Puzzling Solutions - Emil Filterbag
Editorial Board
KIM CARTOON: “Bureaucratic Night Mare” - Nick Kim
The Birds From the Flowers: Hare and Harrier - R.W. Wood
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Bugs, Death, and Taxes*— Martin Eiger
Subscriptions and eBooks for You and Your Colleagues
Index of Special Issues
Unclassified Ads


Some Coming Events

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May 3, 2013 TEDx CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
May 7, 2013 University of Geneva, Switzerland
June 4, 2013 Story Collider, Somerville, MA, USA
mid-July Ig Nobel tickets go on sale
September 12, 2013 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Harvard U.
September 14, 2013 Ig Informal Lectures, MIT

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Every Day
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On the Front Cover
Pieces of patents for boring machines.


On the Back Cover
Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, a foodstuff of sorts made in Wigan, England, with the assurance that they “contain no artificial additives or colours, they are GM free, gluten free.” (Thanks to Annette Smith for bringing them to our attention.)