Annals of Improbable Research

MARCH | APRIL (volume 20, number 2)

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Special Issue: Cloning & Evolution


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Special Section: Cloning and Evolution

Evolution of Complexes from LEGO™ Bricks in a Washing Machine*Ingo Althöfer
Genetic Deterioration over Nine Generations of Cloned Gingerbread Men*Ken Ralphs
Evolution Research Review* – Katherine Lee

Improbable Research

Viagra Induces Fractal Growth in Mushrooms in Switzerland*Gabriele Losa
Dour President Calvin Coolidge and the Sex Life of a Rat* – Richard Stephens

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research Review* – Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* – Bertha Vanatian
Plucked From Obscurity: The Williams Animal Trap* – Marina Tsipis
Hot Showers and Loneliness, Then and Later* – Stephen Drew
Soft Is Hard* – Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango
Boys Will Be Boys*

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Ig Nobel and Improbable Research Books
AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Editorial Board
Puzzling Solutions – Emil Filterbag
Teachers’ Guide
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Hiccups, Nukes, and Placebos* – Martin Eiger
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March 2014
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July 2014
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September 18, 2014
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September 20, 2014
Ig Informal Lectures

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On the Front Cover

Evidence of genetic deterioration after several generations of cloned gingerbread men. See page 9.

On the Back Cover

Prototype of the XV-8A Fleep flexible wing aircraft being “flown” in a wind tunnel in 1962. Photo: NASA Langley Research Center.