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The Magazine: Annals of Improbable Research

The magazine about 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 magazine issues every year!

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2020
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Psychologies.
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Big Animals.
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Small Animals.
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2019
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Surprising Tastes.
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Habits & Tricks.
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Animals.
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Disgusting Research.
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Important Research?
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Ig Nobel.
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2018
(vol. 24)

Pizza.
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Music.
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Noise.
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Numbers.
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Medical Surprises.
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2017
(vol. 23)

Sneezing, Coughing, Nose-Blowing.
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Faces.
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Fears & Tears.
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Cigarette Butts, Vegemite, and Marmite.
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Strange Questions.
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Ig Nobel.
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2016
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Human Heads & Garlic Juice.
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Smelly.
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Time & Boredom.
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Kissing.
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2015
(vol. 21)

Teeth.
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Hair Twists.
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Cats.
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Dogs.
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Clever Inventions.
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2014
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Miscreant Trapping.
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Cloning & Evolution.
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Centrifugal Research.
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Chewing Gum.
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Feathers.
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2013
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Sloths & Vampires.
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Blushing.
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Boring Machines.
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Italian Hand Gestures.
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Tolstoys & Rifles.
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Ig Nobel.
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2012
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Body Parts.
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Randomness & Stupidity.
Projectiles.
Alcohol Consumption.
2011
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Mathematicians & Bears.
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Professor Lipscomb.
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Animal Oddities.
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2010
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2009
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2008
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2007
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2006
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2005
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2004
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2003
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2002
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2001
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2000
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1999
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1998
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1997
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1996
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1995
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BACKGROUND INFO: Why We Shifted to Publishing Exclusively in PDF form

Some background info, in case you’re wondering, about why we converted from publishing the magazine in paper form, to publishing exclusively in digital form.

Here’s Gizmodo‘s report about that” “Fantastically Nerdy Science Humor Magazine Goes Digital“.

OBSCURE HISTORICAL INFO, for fanatic historians: Some historical technical info about publishing forms and formats

Before making the decision to publish exclusively in PDF form, we tried an experiment—a noble but doomed experiment. We invented an e-book form that solved a problem that plagued most of the e-book industry.

Here’s historical info about the E-book version that we produced for several years (and no longer produce): We were the first picture-filled magazine available as a series of standard e-books, comfy on both tiny (phone) and big screens:

  • We produced each issue as a standard e-book (as well as producing the paper version). Read it the same way you read all your other e-books.
  • We invented a simple way to make magazines comfy to read on both tiny and big screens (everything from smartphones to desktop monitors). Each e-book contains two copies — one formatted for tiny screens, one formatted identically to the glorious paper version. (Got a question about it? Ask our bookmaster.)
  • This was a technological triumph, and a commercial flop – not so many people wanted to read e-books!
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