Annals of Improbable Research

JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2014 (volume 20, number 1)

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Special Issue
Miscreant Trapping

Robber Traps,
If the Shoe Gives You Fits,
DNA Analysis of a Burglar’s Cheese-Bite...


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: Miscreant Trapping*

Miscreant Trapping – Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Stephen Drew

Improbable Research

Do the Origins of Surgeons' Aggressive Behaviour Lie in Tadpole Cannibalism?* – Bethany Morgan, Josie Morgan, Helena Morgan and Richard Morgan
Entropy in the List of Authors of Scientific Papers* – Arne Lundberg, et al.

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research Review* – Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* – Bertha Vanatian
Plucked From Obscurity: Perineum Fumigator* – Marina Tsipis
Improbable Sex* – Alice Shirell Kaswell
Soft Is Hard* – Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango
Boys Will Be Boys* – Katherine Lee
Ig® and Beyond: Sneaky Egg Eating* – Nan Swift
Icky Cutesy Research Review* – Alice Shirrell Kaswell
May We Recommend: Eat Meat Smell* – Stephen Drew

News & Notes

Subscriptions and eBooks for You and Your Colleagues
AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Editorial Board
The Birds From the Flowers: Jay and Bay – R.W. Wood
Puzzling Solutions – Emil Filterbag
Teachers’ Guide
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Beard, Tobacco, Zipper* - Martin Eiger
KIM CARTOON: "Elderly Carnivores" - Nick Kim
Index of Special Issues
Unclassified Ads

Some Coming Events

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January 2014: ARISIA, Boston, MA, USA
February 2014: AAAS Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA
March 2014: Ig Nobel events in Scandinavia & UK
April 2014: Washington, DC and NIST, USA
June 2014: ESOF, Copenhagen, Denmark

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On the Front Cover

Technical drawings from patents for devices to trap robbers and other miscreants. See page 6.

On the Back Cover

Mammals on display at the Hall of Mammals at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian) in Washington, DC. Photo: Kees Moeliker.

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