Annals of Improbable Research JULY | AUGUST 2023 (vol 29, number 4)

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Special Issue: Birds

The features marked with a star (*) are based entirely on material taken straight from standard research (and other Official and Therefore Always Correct) literature. Many of the other articles are genuine, too, but we don’t know which ones.

Special Section: Birds

May We Recommend: Pigeons Guiding Missiles*
Birds Research Review: Taxidermied Drones, Fake Eggs, Plucked Hair, Dance, Glossiness*
Birds’ Nest Research Review*
Bird Droppings and Drippings*
Birdwatchers Research Review*
Bird Song Research Review*
On and On: Hawks and Turtles*
Bird Talk Research Review*
Adventurous Birds Research Review: Waterfalls and Fires*
Bird Dining and Drinking*

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research: Sounds on Old Pots, Let’s Dance, Country Diffraction*
Medical Research: Window Pains, Royal Wee, Bullet-Stopping Implant*
Icky Cutesy: Pi, Teddy Bears, and Faecal Sludge*
Boys Will Be Boys: The Face-Genital Equation, Slang, and Over-Stimulation*
Ig® and Beyond: Cadaver Punch, Stripes and Flies*

News & Notes

AIR Vents: Flowers, Pi, Procrastination, and Tea Octogenarians
AIR Books
Teachers’ Guide
Ig Nobel Limericks: Crocodile and Vagina Music*
Back Issues
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On the Front Cover

Fifteen (taxidermied) European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) that crashed in The Hague, The Netherlands, 4 November 2018;
numbered NMR 9989006014-28 in the collection of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. Photo: Kees Moeliker.

On the Back Cover

Work progress photos from the “Taxidermy Birds as Platform for Flapping Wing Drones” project [see page 4]. Photo courtesy of Mostafa Hassanalian.

Some Coming Events

The Covid-19 pandemic has introduced excitingly boundless uncertainty as to whether, when, and where public activities will happen in the near future. In 2023 some will happen teledistantly.
(See IMPROBABLE.COM for details of these and other events.)

September 8, 2023 — Quark Matter Conference, Houston, Texas, USA

September 14, 2023 — The 33rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

September, 2023 — Italy

October 14, 2023 — Ig Nobel Face-to-Face, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

November, 2023 — Berlin Science Festival, Germany

November 25, 2023 — Imperial College, London, UK