Annals of Improbable Research MAR | APR 2018 (vol 24, number 2)

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Special Issue: Music

Are People Bad Singers?
Musicians’ Raised Eyebrows
Music for Spies, Penguins, and Dreams

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: Music

Music for Spies, Penguins, and Dreams*
How or Why Musicians Raise Eyebrows*
Can Sopranos Be Understood?*
Music Research Review*
Dangerous Trends in Oboe Playing*
Are People Bad Singers?*
Unperformable, Damaging, and Stolen Music*
Medical: Depression? Addiction? Deafness?*
Insects and Music Research*

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research: Unreadability, Candy-Snatching, Counter-Clockwise*
Improbable Sex: Stuck Toy, Fifty-Shades Boom Bust*
Icky Cutesy: Don’t Bet, Need Shoe, Burnt Butt*

News & Notes

AIRVents  (letters from our readers): Baby Tongues and Johnny Cash
Editorial Board
Puzzling Solutions: Toast Instruction
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Davila and Quayle*
Index of Special Issues
Teachers’ Guide
Unclassified Ads

On the Front Cover

Music is a source of confusion and thus inspiration, for some scholars.

On the Back Cover

Chocolates that resemble tools and hardware, on sale in a train station in Manchester, UK. Photo: Alice Shirrell Kaswell.