Annals of Improbable Research

JULY | AUGUST 2012 (volume 18, number 4)



Projectiles Special Issue

The Waste-Not Tank Cannon,
Evolution of the Pokemon,


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Special Section: Projectiles
Semenov’s Double-Purpose Armored Tank Projectile System* — Marc Abrahams
Projectiles Research Review* — Dirk Manly

Improbable Research
The Proof of Innocence — Dmitri Krioukov
A Phylogeny and Evolutionary History of the Pokémon* — Matan Shelomi, Andrew Richards, Ivana Li, Yukinari Okido

Improbable Research Reviews*
Improbable Research Review* — Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* — Bertha Vanatian
May We Recommend: Found Frog* — Stephen Drew
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: Collision & Finger* — Nan Swift

News & Notes
Coming: The 22nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Editorial Board
KIM CARTOON: “Carnivorous Snail” — Nick Kim
Puzzling Solutions — Emil Filterbag
Teachers’ Guide
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Smashing, Socks and Blue Gelatin* — Martin Eiger
The Birds From the Flowers: Larks & Larkspur — R.W. Wood
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On the Front Cover
Technical drawing from Alexandr Semenov's patent for a tank artillery system that also disposes of the tank crew's biological waste. For details, see "Semenov's Double-Purpose Armored Tank Projectile System," in this issue.

On the Back Cover
The first MRI image of a man undergoing a digital rectal exam. The man was Ig Nobel Prize winner Pek van Andel. For details, see "Ig® and Beyond: Collision & Finger," in this issue.

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