Annals of Improbable Research

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER (volume 22, number 5)

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Special Issue: RED

Power of Red Pens,
Red Underwear for 900,
Women, Men, Insects in/on Red…


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: Red

Women and Men on Men and Women in Red*
The Power of Red Pens, Red-Clad Politicians, and Red Sneakers*
Guéguen on Red*
Some Insect Responses to Red*
Sometimes When Women Wear Red*
The Case of the Red Lingerie*
Assessing the Effect of Magnets on Cheap Red Wine*
Confessions of a Colour Blind Optometrist*
Kissing At a Distance*

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research: Umbrellas in a Crowd, Re-counting Bacteria/Us*
Medical: Redhead Surgery, Red Underwear, Urine*
Improbable Sex: Coming in 27 Languages; Women’s Gain?*
Boys Will Be Boys: Red Genitalia, Music Man*
Icky Cutesy: Glow It, Franken Berry, and Dye*
Animals: Red Light, Red Sweat, Red Panda
Cats: People Who Feed Cats, C.A.T., Angry Cat*
Dogs: Kids Read to Dogs, Dogs Meet Robots*
Coffee & Tea: Lotsa Tea, Coffee Tiny Life*
Ig® and Beyond: Formerly Red Red, Heavy Cutlery*
May We Recommend: Predictable Smelliness in Cinemas*

News & Notes

AIR Vents (letters from our readers): Pokemon Go, Persevere Court, Mel
Editorial Board
Puzzling Solutions: Salad Klinostat
KIM CARTOON: “Let There Be Light”
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Insect Sting Pain, CEO Disaster Confidence*
Index of Special Issues
Teachers’ Guide
Unclassified Ads

Some Coming Events

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September 22, 2016 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony & Webcast
September 24, 2016 Ig Informal Lectures
November 25, 2016 “Science Friday” Ig Nobel radio broadcast
February 18, 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, USA
March 2017 Ig Nobel EuroTour
April 27, 2017 Sarnoff Cardiovasc. Res. Foundation Meeting

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On the Front Cover

Some of the many people whose research on red is appreciated in this issue. Drawings by Nan Swift.

On the Back Cover

The cast of “The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera,” performed in London in summer 2016. The opera is based on the Ig Nobel Prize-winning study by Kees Moeliker, who is in this photo, holding a duck.