Annals of Improbable Research

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2013 (volume 19, number 5)

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Tolstoys and Rifles

Seven Tolstoys
Inflate/Invert/Shake the Patient
German Military Rifle Chest-Slapping...


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: Tolstoys and Rifles

A Theory of Absolutely Everything* - by I. Tolstoy, P. Tolstoy, M.M. Tolstoy, A. Tolstoy, I. Tolstoy, E. Tolstoy, M. Tolstoy
German Military Chest-Slapping Hazard* - Marc Abrahams
French Rifle Music* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Honking and a Rifle* - Alice Shirrell

Improbable Research
Inflating, Inverting, and Shaking the Strangulated Hernia Patient* - Richard Griffin

Improbable Research Reviews*

Leading Research: Beauty Slays Chessmen* - William Drinktea Thackeray
Improbable Research Review* - Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* - Bertha Vanatian
Plucked From Obscurity: Eyeglass Wipers* - Marina Tsipis
Icky Cutesy Research Review* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Soft Is Hard* - Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango
Boys Will Be Boys* - Katherine Lee
Ig® and Beyond: Leaning, Ig on Ig on Ig* - Nan Swift
May We Recommend: Swallowed Stuff* - Stephen Drew

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AIR Vents (letters from our readers)

Editorial Board
Puzzling Solutions - Emil Filterbag
Teachers' Guide
KIM CARTOON: “Happy Sharks” - Nick Kim
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Asthma, Risk, Repro* - Martin Eiger
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October 1, 2013 Rome, Italy

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On the Front Cover
Six pictures of the late novelist Leo Tolstoy. Seven living Tolstoys co-authored the article that begins on page 6. All (except M.M. Tolstoy) are related to Leo.

On the Back Cover
Detail from US patent # 5593111, issued January 14, 1997 to Troy Jackson and Joseph S. Leak, Sr., for a “Safety System for Removing a Rider From a Vehicle by Deploying a Parachute.” The invention “includes a sensor system for sensing the imminence or occurrence of a crash an/or the ejection of the rider from the vehicle.”

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