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Magazine: The special FEATHERS issue is out

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

The special Feathers issue (vol. 20, no. 5) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out!

Articles include:

…and more, more, more, including new helpings of “Improbable Medical Review”, “Boys Will Be Boys”, “Soft Is Hard”, and other outstandingly improbable research snippets from many fields and countries.

We encourage you to subscribe.

Mel (right) says it’s swell.


Win 2 Tickets to the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Ig-AIR Subscription promotion

Buy or renew a subscription to our magazine, The Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) by September 30th, and use the special code word when you do, and you will be entered in a drawing for 2 free tickets to the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony!

What’s the code word? It’s the theme of this year’s prize ceremony: FOOD.

NOTE: The exact date of the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony has not yet been announced – it will be held in Cambridge, MA in September or very early October. There is some additional fine print connected to this promotion. You can find that below.

NOTE ALSO: We hope that, by giving you the code word in this post, we can help you avoid the following sort of situation:

Some Fine Print: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. Entry eligibility begins September 18, 2014 and ends September 30, 2014. Subscriptions using the special paper form or the code word “FOOD” on the online subscription form during the promotion dates are automatically entered. To enter without subscribing to AIR, please print your name and mailing address along with your phone number and/or email address on a 3″x5″ card or facsimile and mail it to Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Ticket Drawing, Improbable Research, PO Box 380853, Cambridge, MA 02238 USA, postmarked by September 30, 2014. Accompanying limericks welcome, but not required. Winner will be notified by Friday, November 28, 2014, the day Ira Flatow hosts his annual recap of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony on public radio’s Science Friday. One set of 2 tickets to the 25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony in 2015 will be awarded; the winner will chosen by random from the entries. Prize value: ~$150. Expenses not specifically included in prize description and all taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. The exact date of the 2015 ceremony is TBD. Chance of winning depends on the number of entries. One entry per person. This “past & future issues of AIR” promotion is sponsored by Improbable Research, Inc., publisher of the Annals of Improbable Research.

Magazine: the special Ig Nobel issue

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

The special  Ig Nobel issue (vol. 19, no. 6) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out!

Articles include “The 24-7 Lectures“, “Improbable Medical Review“, “Ig® Nobel Limericks: Beetles, Cows, Intoxication“, and more, more, more, including new helpings of “Improbable Research Review”, “Boys Will Be Boys”, “Soft Is Hard”, and other outstandingly improbable research snippets from many fields and countries.

Mel (right) says it’s swell.

Click on the Mel’s face to see the table of contents, buy the e-book version (first download a free preview of it, if you like!), or subscribe to the paper version.


We will donate a heap of Improbable Research to your school (or your whatever)…

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

If you want to startle your students (or colleagues, patients, or other good people) by making them LAUGH then THINK, we have a heap of Improbable Research for you to give them. For free. You need only be able to come get these things, soon.

WHY: Because of impending mega-reconstruction in our building, we find ourselves having to jettison several stacks of historic (yet pristine!) paper copies of the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). We want to donate these splendid magazines to people and institutions who/that will put them to improbable use.

HOW: IF you would like a small or medium-size stack of free copies of assorted issues of Improbable Research for your school, lab, hospital, or other educational or research or medical or tech entity — AND you can have someone pick them up at our office in Cambridge, Massachusetts by February 9, 2014) —THEN please get in touch with us ASAP!

UPDATE (Feb 9, 2014): All of the back issues are now spoken for (and most of those have already been picked up). Thanks to everyone who took part. We hope you put those magazines to improbably good use!


Improbably cheap, wondrous gifts for science types

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Our self-serving recommendation for a cheap, wondrous gift for any curious person: The e-book editions of the Annals of Improbable Research.

Here’s the full list of issues. You can get them on Amazon.comKobo, or Barnes & Noble. (Amazon and B&N make it easy to send an issue as a gift.)

Download a free issue:



PS. Paper, paper, paper! If you prefer paper,  you can instead send a gift subscription to the paper version of the magazine, which has the same content as the e-books!