Annals of Improbable Research

The journal of record for inflated research and personalities

MARCH|APRIL 2008 (volume 14, number 2)
Writing Research Issue

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: Writing Research
IFC Anonymity, in Bulk* —
6 How to Write 85,000 Books* —
10 Dr. Parker’s Latent Library and the Death of the Author*
12 Dr. Parker’s Bird Books* —
14 May We Recommend: Parker Titles* —
16 Writing Research Review* —
18 How to Write an Interdisciplinary Research Paper: Planning for Retirement by Solving Time Travel Paradoxes Using Open Book Management in Nearby Disk Galaxies —
20 Hard Looks at Doctors’ Handwriting* —
22 Possible Consequences of Writing Poetry* —

Improbable Research Reviews*
4 Improbable Research Review* —
5 Improbable Medical Review* —
24 Plucked from Obscurity: Killer Clothes —
27 May We Recommend*—Stephen Drew
28 Boys Will Be Boys* —
30 Soft Is Hard* —

News & Notes

13 Teachers’ Guide
17 Ig Nobel Invitation
19 HMO-NO News: Digestive Remedy
21 AIR books
23 Puzzling Solutions —
26 Bends on the Learning Curve — Richard Lederer
31 CARTOON: “Fire Research” — Nick Kim
31 Back Issues
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On the Front Cover
At the 2007 Ig informal Lectures, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mason Inman writes backwards on the blackboard. He did this while the audience was entering the lecture hall. Some audience members never realized that Inman was writing a complete list of the new Ig Nobel Prize winners. Photo: Kees Moeliker / Improbable Research.

On the Back Cover
Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) men of the year Falk Schuch, Andreas Linsner and Kai Jung, preparing for a TV appearance in Amsterdam, May 20, 2006. Photo: Stephen Drew, Improbable Research. For a more extensive look at the LFHCfS and its members, see

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