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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.

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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.

Chocolate and Tea Are Better Than Flouride, for Teeth, in Toothpaste for Rats?

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

This month’s mini-AIR research spotlight shines on possible ingredients for toothpaste, to protect teeth:

Theobromine: A Safe and Effective Alternative for Fluoride in Dentifrices,” Tetsuo Nakamoto, Alexander U. Falster, and William B. Simmons, Jr., Journal of Caffeine Research, vol. 6, no. 1, February 2016, pp. 1-9. The authors, at  Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and at the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum, Bethel, Maine, explain:

“During the process of studying caffeine’s effects on developing teeth, a serendipitous discovery was made…. [We conducted studies in rats….] It is also well documented that young children who brush their teeth often ingest fluoride-containing dentifrices. Based upon our comparative study between fluoride and theobromine [a major constituent of chocolate, and also of tea], theobromine is a better alternative than fluoride. We believe that theobromine can be used as an ingredient of dentifrices and even if swallowed accidentally, there are no adverse effects.”

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This and other bits of improbable research news litter the October issue of mini-AIR. mini-AIR is the wee, free monthly supplement to the magnificent magazine Annals of Improbable Research.

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