Annals of Improbable Research

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER (volume 26, number 6)

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Special Issue: The 30th First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony

The Reluctant Hitmen
Vibrant Earthworms
Failure of Frozen Feces Knives…


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Special Section: The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prizes

The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony**
The 2020 Ig Nobel Prize Winners*
The Acceptance Speeches*>The 24/7 Lectures*
Opera Libretto: “Dream, Little Cockroach”
Ig Nobel Limericks: Spider Fear, and Hit Men Passing*

Improbable Research Reviews

Improbable Research: Wasted Gum, Imperiled Emperors, Hair-worn Steel*
Medical Research: Sneeze/Wee, Placebo Overdose, Apple Output*
Ig® and Beyond: Rejected Nasty Men, Chewed Goat*
May We Recommend: Combat Sounds Detection: Chopping and Urination*

News & Notes

AIR Vents (letters from our readers): Trampoliner Sleep, Beerfest Emissions*
Editorial Board
Index of Special Issues
Unclassified Ads

On the Front Cover

Paper airplanes, this year launched in many countries, found their way into the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.

On the Back Cover

The one paper airplane, in this pandemic year, in the ceremony’s traditional home.

Some Coming Events

See WWW.IMPROBABLE.COM for details of these and other events:

November 2020 – January 2020The Ig Informal Lectures (see online for release dates)

January 11, 201 Intersci, Edinburgh

January 16, 2021 Arisia, Boston

February 2021 AAAS Annual Meeting

February 22, 2021 Israel Physics Society

September 2021 31st First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Date TBA Ig Nobel EuroTour

Date TBA Japan

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