Annals of Improbable Research

JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2012 (volume 18, number 1)

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Special Body Parts Issue

Navels & Feet,
Experiments with Fruitcake,
Putting Helium in a Dolphin…


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Special Section: Body Parts

Body Parts: Who Prefers What* — Alice Shirrell Kaswell
On the Gradual Diminution of the Human Head* — F.F. Tuckett and Dr. Beddoe
Body Parts Research Review* — Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Belly Button Research Review* — Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Feet Research Review* — Alice Shirrell Kaswel

Improbable Research

Military Experiments on Fruitcake* — Stephen Drew

Improbable Research Reviews*

May We Recommend: Towering Headache* — Stephen Drew
Improbable Research Review* — Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* — Bertha Vanatian
Soft Is Hard* — Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango
Icky Cutesy Research Review* — Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Boys Will Be Boys* — Katherine Lee
Ig® and Beyond: Repelling Mosquitoes, Ingesting Cartoons* — Nan Swift

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AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Teachers’ Guide
Editorial Board
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Puzzling Solutions — Emil Filterbag
The Story of Prof. J.J. Humpadiddle — Harry J. Lipkin
Ig® Nobel Limericks: World’s End, Sheep-Dragging, Robber Trap* — Martin Eiger
KIM CARTOON: “Contact Lenses” — Nick Kim
The Birds From the Flowers: Bunny & Tunny — R.W. Wood
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This bag of potato chips, from a Panera sandwich shop in the USA, features a curious visual illusion. What appears to be severely misshapen hand is actually a normal hand holding some potatoes. Photo: Stephen Drew.