Annals of Improbable Research

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER (volume 24, number 5)

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Special Issue: Medical Surprises

Spaghetti Surprise
Medical Nitroglycerine Explosions
How Surgeons Behave Like Monkeys and Apes


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: Medical Surprises

Spaghetti Surprise*
Surprises About Patients*
Surprises About Surgeons*
Surprises for Medical Students*
Surprising Medical Techniques*
The Paper Clip in Medicine*
Medical Nitroglycerine Explosions*
Icky Cutesy: Weighting, Self-Circumcision*
May We Recommend: After the Deluge, Shocked in Bed*
Ig® and Beyond: How Surgeons Behave Like Monkeys and Apes*

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research: Dead Trout Swimming, Balloon Bursting*

News & Notes

AIR Vents: Touching Seen in Airports
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Grizzly Armor, Country Music*
Editorial Board
Index of Special Issues
Teachers’ Guide
Unclassified Ads

On the Front Cover

Methods for "Head-Down Self-Treatment of Choking." See page 16.

On the Back Cover

A isopropyl alcohol bottle’s label implies the existence of many curious histories: “Do not point at self or others; product will squirt when squeezed.” Photo: A.S. Kaswell.

Some Coming Events

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Many Dates Improbable Research Table Talks (see web site)

September 13, 2018 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Harvard U

September 15, 2018 Ig Informal Lectures, MIT

September 21–November 4, 2018 Ig Nobel Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

October 3, 2018 Orlando, FL, USA

October 4, 2018 Harvard University

October 10, 2018 Hartford, CT, USA

November 23, 2018 Annual “Science Friday” radio broadcast

February 16, 2019M AAAS, Washington, DC

March/April 2019 Ig Nobel EuroTour

Where There’s More

There’s always new improbable — it’s not what you expect! — stuff on the Improbable Research blog at IMPROBABLE.COM