Annals of Improbable Research

JULY | AUGUST 2013 (volume 19, number 4)

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Special Issue
Italian Hand Gestures

Italian Hand Gestures,
Non-Italian Hand Gestures,
Non-Italian Non-Hand Non-Gestures…


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Special Section: Italian Hand Gestures

Italian Hand Gestures* - Stephen Drew
Non-Italian Hand Gestures* - Nan Swift

Improbable Research

Load of the (Wedding and Other) Rings* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Heterosexual Necrophilia in the Frog* — Alice Shirrell Kaswell

Improbable Research Reviews*

The 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Improbable Research Review* - Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* - Bertha Vanatian
Soft Is Hard* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango
Boys Will Be Boys* - Katherine Lee
Icky Cutesy Research Review* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Leading Research: Smelly Marketing* - William Drinktea Thackeray
Ig® and Beyond: Toothbrush, Swearing* - Nan Swift
May We Recommend: Laughing Rats Are Optimistic* - Stephen Drew

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AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Teachers' Guide
KIM CARTOON: "As a Species" - Nick Kim
Editorial Board
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Bats and Snot* - Martin Eiger
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On the Front Cover

A selection of Italian hand gestures that have caught the attention of scholars.

On the Back Cover

Artisans from Modena, Italy, demonstrate their system of working together in pairs to fix a broken set of eyeglasses, at a technology exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland, May 2013. Photo: Stephen Drew.

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