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The PIZZA & POPCORN issue of the Annals of Improbable Research

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

The special Pizza & Popcorn Questions issue (vol. 24, no. 1) of the Annals of Improbable Research is now available.

The issue’s table of contents is online. And you can obtain, for a pittance, the full issue. The magazine is in splendid PDF form, packed with info yet lighter by far than a feather or a popcorn kernel.

The Evolution of Popcorn” is a featured article. Lead author Russ Hodge will discuss the evolution of popcorn, when he joins the Ig Nobel EuroTour. Hodge will be part of the events in Berlin (March 19), Langen (March 21), and  Heidelberg (March 23). Come see and hear him!

The STRANGE QUESTIONS issue of the Annals of Improbable Research

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

The special Strange Questions issue (vol. 23, no. 5) of the Annals of Improbable Research is now available.

The issue’s table of contents is online. And you can obtain, for a pittance, the full issue, in PDF form.

In this issue you will find, among other things:

  • Strange Questions*
  • Strange’s Questions*
  • Strange Medical Questions*
  • Are Lung Cancers Triggered by Stopping Smoking?*
  • Cases of Usmani*
  • Other Strange Cases*
  • Biology Questions*
  • Strange Counting Questions*
  • Strange Culture Questions*
  • Strange Economics Questions*
  • Strange Psychology/Philosophy Questions*
  • Strange Snake Questions*

Vegemite and Marmite (and cigarette butts): research studies

Monday, September 11th, 2017

A collection of research studies about Marmite and Vegemite enlivens and en-goos the (digital) pages of the special Cigarette Butts, Vegemite, and Marmite issue (vol. 23, no. 4) of the Annals of Improbable Research.

The issue’s table of contents is online. And you can obtain, for a pittance, the full issue, in PDF form.

A very Ig Nobel start with your magazines…

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Your Annals of Improbable Research subscription will start with the special Ig Nobel issue — if you subscribe now.

The magazine brings you research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK.

Real research, about anything and everything, from everywhere —research that’s maybe good or bad, important or trivial, valuable or worthless. Compiled for you, by the producers of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. Six (6) new Improbable issues every year!

The special RED issue of the magazine is out

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

The special RED issue (vol. 22, no. 5) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out! It’s bursting (as are all our issues) with carefully culled, improbable research snippets about everything, from anywhere, more or less.

Click on the cover image, below, to see the table of contents and some of the articles.


The special RED section includes these articles:

  • 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

If you are a subscriber, you should have received an email letting you know the new issue is available, with directions for downloading your copy.

If you are not yet a subscriber, you can purchase that issue —or subscribe!—on our Gumroad page.

Back issues of the magazine, and tables of contents, are available here on the Improbable website.


Special thanks to Lauren Maurer Trew, our bookmaster, for working much of the tech magic that brought the magazine into this new, PDF era.