Annals of Improbable Research

MAY | JUNE (volume 20, number 3)

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Special Issue: Centrifugal Research

Spinning an Ant
Centrifugal Birthing Research
Centrifuging Mental Patients…


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Special Section: Centrifugal Research
Pre-Blonsky, Post-Blonsky, and Non-Blonsky Devices* – Alice Shirrell Kaswell
Centrifugal Research Review* – Katherine Lee
Centrifuging Mental Patients* – Nan Swift

Improbable Research Reviews*
Improbable Research Review* – Dirk Manley
Improbable Medical Review* – Bertha Vanatian
Plucked From Obscurity: Insect Dissuasion Device* – Marina Tsipis
Icky Cutesy Research Review* – Alice Shirrell Kaswell
May We Recommend: Chicken Slaughter With and Without Name Speaking* – Stephen Drew
Soft Is Hard* – Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango
Improbable Sex* – Marc Abrahams
Ig® and Beyond: Molluscs on Prozac, Spouse at a Cocktail Party* – Nan Swift
Boys Will Be Boys* – Katherine Lee

News & Notes
Ig Nobel and Improbable Research Books
AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
Editorial Board
Formerly Dead Lal Bihari Meets Fellow Ig Nobel Winners* – Kees Moeliker
Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony info
KIM CARTOON: “Rutherford” – Nick Kim
Teachers’ Guide
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Limberger, Time Flees, and Alien Kidnap Reporters* – Martin Eiger
Subscriptions and eBooks for You and Your Colleagues
Puzzling Solutions – Emil Filterbag
Index of Special Issues
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August 12, 2014
This Is Improbable Too – US publication day

September 18, 2014
24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

September 20, 2014
Ig Informal Lectures

October 2014
Santiago, Chile

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On the Front Cover

Drawing from a patent for a human-powered machine designed to spin humans.

On the Back Cover

A drawing showing the Tower of Babel and the earth, from Athanasius Kircher's book Turris Babel (Amsterdam, 1679). (Thanks to John Ptak for bringing this to our attention.)



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