Annals of Improbable Research

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER (volume 20, number 5)

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Special Issue: Feathers

People Who Count Feathers
Tea Time in the Solar System
A Fork in the Rod…


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: Feathers

Feathers Research Review* – Katherine Lee
Them As Count Bird Feathers* – Stephen Drew


Improbable Research

Further Advances in Miscreant-Trapping* – Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Stephen Drew
Schmutz, Grime, Dust and Stains on Everything* – Alice Shirrell Kaswell


Improbable Research Reviews*

May We Recommend: Squeezing Sheep* – Stephen Drew
Improbable Research Review* – Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* – Bertha Vanatian
Improbable Sex* – Marc Abrahams
Icky Cutesy Research Review* – Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Soft Is Hard* – Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango
Ig® and Beyond: Itching Powder, Sparrow Mounting, IKEA* – Nan Swift
Plucked From Obscurity: A Device to Scream Into* – Marina Tsipis
Boys Will Be Boys* – Katherine Lee


News & Notes

AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Editorial Board
Teachers’ Guide
Improbable Research Books
Puzzling Solutions – Emil Filterbag
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Tadpoles, Gay Bomb, Struchko* – Martin Eiger
Subscriptions and eBooks for You and Your Colleagues
KIM CARTOON:“Forward Stance” – Nick Kim
Index of Special Issues
Unclassified Ads IBC


Some Coming Events

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October 20–22 2014
Santiago, Chile

November 28, 2014
Annual Science Friday Ig Nobel broadcast


Every Day

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On the Front Cover

Illustration from R.J. Spalding’s 1889 US patent (#398984) for a “flying machine” that features artificial feathers.


On the Back Cover

A mallard duck, with most of its feathers removed. Photo by Willem O. de Jongste to accompany Kees Moeliker (Ig Nobel Prize-winning discoverer of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck)’s recipe for cooked duck in the book The Ig Nobel Cookbook, volume 1.