One of the more unusual citations of our work: Astrology

Articles from the Annals of Improbable Research are cited in all sorts of places. This month one of our apocryphal articles was cited in a syndicated astrology column that’s carried in The Village Voice:

Free Will Astrology: September 12-18, 2012

LIBRA [September 23–October 22] The humorous science journal Annals of Improbable Research published a paper entitled “The Effects of Peanut Butter on the Rotation of the Earth.” Signed by 198 Ph.D. physicists, it came to this conclusion: “So far as we can determine, peanut butter has no effect on the rotation of the Earth.” If possible, Libra, I suggest you summon a comparable amount of high-powered expertise for your own purposes. But please make sure that those purposes are weightier than the question of peanut butter’s role on our planet’s movements. Round up the best help you can, but only for a truly important cause.

(Thanks to investigator Jessica Girard and her mother for bringing this to our attention.)

BONUS: The original article “The Effects of Peanut Butter on the Rotation of the Earth

BONUS: The German edition [pictured here] of one of our books takes its title from that article: