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Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Funny [Full link to blog for email clients.][FT:C44]

Once upon a time there was a "scientific" journal.  Unlike most journals that publish results from experiments that have been repeated and statistically confirmed, the journal specialized in really neat results that `looked real, but couldn't be repeated.  Even though founded in 1955 to publish science humor and satire, the Journal of Irreproducable Results had a serious side - being the last resort for publishing results that could not (will never, and probably should never) be replicated.

In 1994, there was a bit of a tiff with the new publishers (who bought out the old publisher), and the editor and most of the staff left to found a new magazine - the Annals of Improbable Research.  Like its predecessor, AIR takes a humorous, even satiric look at scientists and science research.  It particularly seeks out factual research with a whimsical bent.

The "AIRheads" of A.I.R. invite you to visit their site and read about the aerodynamics of whiffle balls (, find out whether most physicians hang their stethoscope to the left or right ( - linked on the A.I.R. site, Sept. 11, 2011), witness bad poetry readings and satirical songs (, or even check out the  Ig Nobel Prize ceremony coming up Sept. 29th (

Just remember, if you laugh your funny bone off, it's a humerus!

PS - Addendum:  I did not mean to slight The Journal of Irreproducable Results.  BOTH journals provide a slightly serious, mostly fun look at science.  The J.I.R. site is: ( and I am certain they would appreciate our patronage!

1 comment:

  1. The Journal of Irreproducible Results,, invites readers too!

    --Norm Sperling, editor


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