Annals of Improbable Research

MARCH | APRIL 2013 (volume 19, number 2)

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Special Issue

Do People Blush in the Dark?
Blushing about Blushing,
Nostril and Finger...


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: Blushing
Blushing in the Dark: First Experimental Proof * - Denise Wächter and Wolter Seuntjens
Blushing Research Review* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell

Improbable Research
Highly Efficient and Effective Removal of Fat from Fried Chicken via Centrifugation - Lucas B Carey, Michael Dinitz and Desiree Tillo
Two Body Interactions: A Longitudinal Study - Brendan McMonigal

Improbable Research Reviews*
Leading Research: Phobia With a Stooge* - William Drinktea Thackeray
May We Recommend: Nostril and Finger* - Stephen Drew
Improbable Research Review* - Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* — Bertha Vanatian
The 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Icky Cutesy Research Review* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Soft Is Hard* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango
Boys Will Be Boys* - Katherine Lee
Plucked From Obscurity: A Device to Foil Unwanted Paparazzi* - Marina Tsipis
Ig® and Beyond: Detached Snails' Foot Detachment* - Nan Swift

News & Notes

AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Editorial Board
The Birds From the Flowers: Tern and Turnip - R.W. Woo
Puzzling Solutions - Emil Filterbag
KIM CARTOON: "Electrostatic Attraction" - Nick Kim
Subscriptions and eBooks for You and Your Colleagues
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Asymmetry and Cats* - Martin Eiger
Index of Special Issues
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March 2013 Ig Nobel Tour of Scandinavia
March 2013 Ig Nobel Tour of the UK
April 7, 2013 British Festival of Neuroscience
April, 2013 Cambridge (Mass) Science Festival
May 3, 2013 TEDx CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
May 7, 2013 U Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
mid-summer Ig Nobel tickets go on sale
September 12, 2013 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Harvard U.
September 14, 2013 Ig Informal Lectures, MIT

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On the Front Cover
The cover of the sheet music for Adolphe Heinrich's 1881 song "Yes, 'Twas that blush of thine."

On the Back Cover
A technical drawing from US patent # 8359664, granted to Clyde S. Morgan and Collin Morgan on January 29, 2013, for "Systems and methods for retaining camouflage material from the natural surrounding of a user... The user immobilizes the camouflage material by inserting the camouflage material between the retaining mechanism and the clothing, apparel or person of the user."