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mini-AIR, March 2022: Elbows, Kness, and Elbows

mini-Annals of Improbable Research (“mini-AIR”)
March 2022, issue number 2022-03. ISSN 1076-500X.
<https://www.improbable.com/airchives/miniair/>

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Research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK.
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01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

02 IN THE MAGAZINE ITSELF: Viruses and Pandemics Improbably
03 Three Elbows
04 Limerick Challenge: Three Knees?
05 Kenn Knott Winner
06 MORE IMPROBABLE: Sleep, Park, Replace
07 Four Elbows and Six Elbows
20 SOME IMPROBABLE EVENTS
30 — Subscribe to the Actual Magazine! (*)
31 — How to start or stop receiving this little newsletter (*)
32 — Contact Info (*)
33 — Standard Gobbledegook (*)

Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

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02 IN THE MAGAZINE ITSELF: Viruses and Pandemics Improbably

What you are reading at the moment (mini-AIR)
is overflow detritus from
the magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR).

The special VIRUSES & PANDEMICS issue (vol. 28, no. 2) is out, continuing to infect the populace. See the table of contents and selected articles at:
<https://improbable.com/publications/magazine/annals-of-improbable-research-mar-apr-volume-28-number-2/>

The next issue, the special WOMEN (and MEN) issue, is in prep.

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03 Three Elbows

This month’s somewhat randomly selected research report is:

“Osteochondritis Dissecans Involving the Trochlea: Report of Two Patients (Three Elbows) and Review of the Literature,” Nilesh Patel and Scott D. Weiner, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, vol. 22, no. 1, 2002, pp. 48-51.
<https://journals.lww.com/pedorthopaedics/Abstract/2002/01000/Osteochondritis_Dissecans_Involving_the_Trochlea_.12.aspx>

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04 Limerick Challenge: Three Knees?

This month’s RESEARCH LIMERICK challenge — Devise a pleasing limerick that encapsulates this study:

“A Man with Three Knees? False “Hot Spot” with Dual Isotope Imaging,” K.A. Miles and R.W. Barber, The British Journal of Radiology, vol. 63, no. 754, 1990, pp. 798-800.
<https://www.birpublications.org/doi/abs/10.1259/0007-1285-63-754-798>

Submit your perfectly formed, delightfully enlightening limerick to:

THREE KNEES LIMERICK COMPETITION
c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

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05 Kenn Knott Winner

The judges have chosen a winner in last month’s Competition, which asked for a limerick to explain this study:

“An Improved Method for Setting Time Standards for Maintenance Work,” Kenneth Knott and Manuel F. Péna, IIE Transactions 17, no. ,1 1985, pp. 17-24.
<https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07408178508975267

Winning limerickicist NAN SWIFT writes:

Oh, don’t tie your thoughts in a knot!
These newish time standards are not
as bad as the old,
or so I am told —
these standards that come from Ken Knott.

This month’s take from our LIMERICK LAUREATE, MARTIN EIGER:

There’s a standard that’s tested and true
For something that some people do.
But now two guys say
There’s some other way.
Let’s do it because it is new.

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06 MORE IMPROBABLE: Sleep, Park, Replace

Recent improbable research bits you may have missed…

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* Sleeping Next to the Cat Wherever the Cat Chooses to Sleep
* Comparing Formulas for Parallel Parking
* Ig Nobel Prize winner Berdimuhamedow replaced as Turkmenistan President by Berdimuhamedow
*…and much more

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* Episode 1089: Inverted Rhino Translocation
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07 Four Elbows and Six Elbows

This month’s slightly-less-randomly selected research report is:

“Application of a Novel Osteintegration Screw for Treatment of Incomplete Ossification of the Humeral Condyle in Four Dogs (Six Elbows) and Humeral Unicondylar Fracture in Addition to a Locking Plate in Four Elbows,” N. Fitzpatrick and M. Solano, Proceedings of the 39th Annual Veterinary Orthopedic Society Conference, 2012.

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20 SOME IMPROBABLE EVENTS

TEDx IIITA, Allahabad, India                    April 9, 2022

32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony       Sep 2022

[All live events in 2021 and 2022 are subject to pandemical constraints and adventures.]

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30 — Subscribe to the Actual Magazine! (*)

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31 — How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

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32 — CONTACT INFO (*)

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33 — Standard Gobbledegook (*)

EDITOR: Marc Abrahams
CO-CONSPIRATORS: Kees Moeliker, Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Gary Dryfoos, Nan Swift, Stephen Drew
PROOFREADER: Ambient Happenstance
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