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Annals of Improbable Research SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2023 (vol 29, number 5)

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Special Issue: Gulls, Crows, Pigeons, Woodpeckers

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:

May We Recommend: Bird-Made Nests Made from Anti-Bird Spikes*
Gulls Research Review*
Pigeons Research Review: Treadmills, Head Bobs, Hairdressers*
Crows Research Review*
Woodpecker Research Review*

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research: Ducks, Swans, Analysts, Bug-Grippers*
Medical Research: Ice Cream, Apple-Peeling, Brushing*
Icky Cutesy Research: Cat Upchuck, Moment of Tooth, Getting a Head*
Boys Will Be Boys: Italian Fantasies, Unexplored Love Doll Usage*
Ig® and Beyond: Rats and Fashion*

News & Notes

AIR Vents: Gulls, Sea Lions, War
Teachers’ Guide
AIR Books
Ig Nobel Limericks: Vagina Music and Speed Bumps*
Back Issues
Unclassified Ads

On the Front Cover

Skulls of black-headed gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in the collection of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn.

On the Back Cover

Skulls of herring gulls (Larus argentatus) in the collection of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn.

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 27, 2023 — Catania, Italy

September 29, 2023 — Perugia, Italy

September 29, 2023 — Cambridge (MA) Science Festival

November 4, 2023 — Berlin Science Festival

November 11, 2023 — Ig Nobel Face-to-Face, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

November 18, 2023 — Imperial College, London, UK

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