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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.

Psychologists Under the Bed [research study]

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

’Egocentricity’ in Adult Conversation,” is one of several studies featured in the article “Soft Is Hard: Psychologists Under the Bedfurther evidence why the ‘soft’ sciences are the hardest to do well,” which is one of the articles in the special Numbers issue of the Annals of Improbable Research, which is one of the 142 issues published so far!

The psychologists-under-the-bed-eavesdropping study is by Mary Henle and Marian B. Hubbell, published in the Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 9, no. 2, 1938, pp. 227-234.

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