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Improbable Research—special ANIMALS issue

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

The special ANIMALS issue (volume 25, number 3) of the Annals of Improbable Research is now out and about. It’s packed with improbable research about animals, and parts of animals, and things that animals, some of them, do.

The special section on animals research brings to you:

  • Flies in the Face of Death
  • Animal Odors
  • Animals or Parts in Motion
  • Insights About People and Other Animals
  • Raccoon Cleverness/Orneriness
  • The Orpington Duck Dilemma
  • Head/Neck/Testicles
  • Icky Cutesy: Croc Tears, Zoo in a Corpse
  • Ig and Beyond: A Jackass and a Fish
  • Nominative Determinism: McHorse on Horse Digits
  • Cat Tricks: Delayed Action
  • Dog Habits: Snog and Poo
  • Habit Research: Skunks and Slugs
  • Cats: Cats, Human Emotions and Speech
  • Dogs: Eye Resemblance and the ‘Guilty Look
  • Ig® Nobel Limericks: Chimp Butts, Gorilla Suits

The complete Table of Contents is online, as are several of the articles. And you can (for your edification and joy) buy the entire issue. Or even better, subscribe to the magazine.

Special HABITS & TRICKS issue of Improbable Research

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

The special Habits & Tricks issue (volume 25, no. 2) of the Annals of Improbable Research is now available, in PDF form as usual. You can purchase a single issue, or subscribe to the magazine (six new issues every year), or if you like, read a few of the articles free online.

Here’s the Table of Contents:

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: Habits and Tricks

Research on Nosepicking*
Research on Fidgeting*
Habits Research: Dishwashing and Downloading*
Ig® and Beyond: Shopping and Retracted Habits*
Eating Habits*
Medical Patients’ Habits: Mouth Breathing, Cable Chewing, Sucking*
Medical Professionals’ Habits: Mask Wiggling, Role Modeling*
Medical Trick Question: No Bullet, But… Butt?*
Magic and Rodeo Tricks Research*
Forensic Research: Knot Habits*

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research: Bacteria and Birthday Cakes*
May We Recommend: Cactus Spine Puncture Performance*
Boys Will Be Boys: Flatulence, Exciting, Usage*
Icky Cutesy: Willingness Toupee, Russian Roulette*

News & Notes

AIR Vents (letters from our readers): More Musty and Wiener Sausage
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Hijacker Packaging, Report Reporting*
Editorial Board
Index of Special Issues
Teachers’ Guide
Unclassified Ads

The Paper Clip: Its Various Uses in Medicine

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

The Paper Clip Nasal Dilator” is one of several studies featured in the article “The Paper Clip in Medicine,” which is one of the articles in the special Medical Surprises issue of the Annals of Improbable Research, which is one of the 143 issues published so far!

Subscribe to the magazine, and a new batch of fresh-cooked improbable research will come your way every two months! A subscription also makes a lovely gift, for certain personality types, we are told.

Clicker Training for Surgeons and Other Animals, and other surprises about surgeons

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

A medical report about using clickers to train surgeons (rather than other kinds of animals) is one of several studies featured in the article “Surprises About Surgeons,” which is one of the articles in the special Medical Surprises issue of the Annals of Improbable Research, which is one of the 143 issues published so far!

Subscribe to the magazine, and a new batch of fresh-cooked improbable research will come your way every two months! A subscription also makes a lovely gift, for certain personality types, we are told.

The Man Who Was and Was Not Freddie Mercury—and other surprises about patients

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

A psychiatric report about “a patient who was a double for and imitator of the late Freddy Mercury, lead singer for the rock group Queen” is one of several studies featured in the article “Surprises About Patients,” which is one of the articles in the special Medical Surprises issue of the Annals of Improbable Research, which is one of the 143 issues published so far!

Subscribe to the magazine, and a new batch of fresh-cooked improbable research will come your way every two months! A subscription also makes a lovely gift, for certain personality types, we are told.

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