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A look back at more sex from A Slob

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

A Slob was appreciated twelve years ago, in the September, 2008 issue of mini-AIR. Let’s take a fond look back:

2008-09-08 More Sex From A. Slob

Investigator P.J. Finn complains that we have neglected the once-popular feature called “Sex From A. Slob.” Dr. Slob, investigator Finn reminds us, is based at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. To lessen investigator Finn’s unhappiness, the series resumes:


Sexual Arousability and the Menstrual Cycle,” A. Koos Slob, et al., Psychoneuroendocrinology. vol. 21, no. 6, August 1996, pp. 545-58.


Age, Libido, and Male Sexual Function,” A. Koos Slob, Prostate, vol. 10, 2000, pp. 9-13.

That same issue of min-AIR included a rare star turn from science limericist R. Burpee Bohaker.

There was, too, a preview of that year (2008)’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony:

2008-09-06 More about the Ig

More of what’s on tap at the ceremony:

This year’s 24/7 Lecturers (each explaining a subject first in 24 seconds, then in seven words) and their topics:

Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals
Anna Lysyanskaya: Cryptography
Steven Pinker: The Human Mind
Dany Adams: Biology
William Lipscomb: Redundancy

The ceremony will include the Win-a-Date-With-Benoit-Mandelbrot Contest, and the premiere, for the first time, of the mini-opera “Redundancy, Again.”

Also, several past winners are returning to take a bow.

February mini-AIR: Felons’ footware, etc

Monday, February 10th, 2020

The February issue of mini-AIR is out, with these items:

  • 02 Imminent Events
  • 03 IN THE MAGAZINE ITSELF: Ig then Psych
  • 04 Stuck on a Shoe
  • 05 Limerick Challenge: Felons’ Footware
  • 06 Perspicacity Winner (to last month’s Research Limerick Challenge)
  • 07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Madman, Egg, Sneezing, etc.
  • 08 Temporal Landscape of Shoes

Read it online. And/or subscribe (it’s free), and get mini-AIR emailed to you every month.

What is mini-AIR? mini-AIR is the tiny supplement of overflow detritus from the actual magazine Annals of Improbable Research.


Limerick Challenge: His Perspicacity on Tick Paralysis

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

This month’s RESEARCH LIMERICK challenge — Devise a pleasing limerick that encapsulates this study:

The Perspicacity of Seymour Hadwen on Tick Paralysis — A Commentary,” M.W. Felz, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, vol. 11 No. 2, 2000, pp. 113-121. The study’s author explains: “A commentary on a study of tick paralysis by Seymour Hadwen [pictured here, we think] is presented. Clinical and investigative insights are evaluated. The similarities between Hadwen’s observations and those of Allen Steere involving Lyme disease are explained. Research and clinical observations supporting Hadwen’s findings are discussed.”

Submit your perfectly formed, delightfully enlightening limerick to:

c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

This particular LIMERICK CHALLENGE is part of the January 2020 issue of mini-AIR.

About mini-AIR

mini-AIR is our tiny, free email supplement to the magazine. Add yourself to the distribution list, and see a fresh limerick challenge every month, and also the winner of the previous month’s limerick challenge, and also lots of other stuff.

Medical danger of wearing rolled-up shirtsleeves

Monday, December 18th, 2017

A medical report about the danger of rolling up your sleeves is featured in the December 2012 issue of mini-AIR.

mini-AIR is an email newsletter— a tiny supplement to the un-tiny magazine Annals of Improbable Research.

You can subscribe to the newsletter (it’s email, that comes once a month) for free.

You can subscribe to the magazine (meaty, juicy PDFs—six new ones every year) for just a few bucks.

BONUS: Someone found it desirable to produce a four-minute-long video explanation of how to roll up your shirtsleeves. Here is that video:

Research about winking, and news about Ig Nobel events in Europe

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

This month’s mini-AIR research spotlight scrutinizes this study about winking:

Elevation of the Eye-Balls on Winking,” W.R. Miles, Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 14, no. 4, Aug 1931, pp. 311-332. The research was done at Stanford University.

That study and other bits of improbable research news congest the November issue of mini-AIR.

mini-AIR is the wee, free monthly supplement to the magnificent magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Get it by email, or read it our web site.

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