Annals of Improbable Research

JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2010 (volume 16, number 1)

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Special Issue: Beards & Bagels & Paper Airplaness

Mobius bagel,
Paper-plane research,
Beards as sound baffles...


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: Beards & Bagels & Paper Airplanes

Time for a Shave? Does Facial Hair Interfere With Visual Speech Intelligibility? — Susanne Fuchs, Melanie Weirich, Christian Kroos, Natalie Fecher, Daniel Pape and Sabine Koppetsch
Beard Research Review* Paper Airplane Producers: Morning Types vs. Evening Types Paper Airplane Research Review* Mathematically Correct Breakfast: How to Slice a Bagel into Two Linked Halves

Improbable Research Reviews*

May We Recommend* — Stephen DrewImprobable Research Review* Improbable Medical Review* — Bertha VanatianIg® and Beyond* Soft Is Hard* Ptak: Eiffel Tower and 10-Ton Bullet* Boys Will Be Boys* Icky Cutesy Research Review* Plucked From Obscurity: Upside-Down Reliability*

News & Notes

AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Puzzling Solutions Emil Filterbag
Editorial Board
Teachers’ Guide
CARTOON: “Copier Jams” — Nick KimHMO-NO News: Healthy Lint!
XKCD: “Fields Arranged by Purity”Back Issues
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On the Front Cover

Commodoroe J.C. Gillmore and copilot in a Curtiss Headless dual-control pusher plane, 1912. Photo: Library of Congress.

On the Back Cover

Images from a thoracic spine examination by Christopher Vittore and Kevin Tribble, radiologists in Rockford, Ilinois and clinical assistant professors at University of Illinois College of Medicine. MRI technologist, Deb Savala assisted with the technical data. This was performed on an open MRI machine, a General Electric Signa 0.35 Tesla MRI scanner. (Details: 40 x 40 cm field of view, sagital plane, frequency 256, phase 128, image slice thickness 5 mm with 2mm skip interval, no phase wrap.)

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April/May 2010 Ig Nobel Europe Tour
September 30, 2010 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
October 2, 2010 Ig Informal Lectures

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