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Q: "Scientific" Journal ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: "Scientific" Journal
Category: Science
Asked by: prpro-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 03 Jun 2003 06:32 PDT
Expires: 03 Jul 2003 06:32 PDT
Question ID: 212405
I am interested in finding the name (or names) of a "scientific"
journal and/or newsletter about which I have read.  The journal
focuses in on semi-serious (or faux serious) treatises on a variety of
silly or nonsensical topics that are presented in a serious
"scientific" manner.  Can anyone help?
Subject: Re: "Scientific" Journal
Answered By: mvguy-ga on 03 Jun 2003 06:56 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

This was a fun one to discover. What you're almost certainly looking
for is the Annals of Improbable Research. Here's where you can find
its home page:

Annals of Improbable Research Presents HOT A.I.R.

Here's a sample I picked more or less at random from the site:

Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
"Abstract: Cats were exposed to photographs of bearded men. The beards
were of various sizes, shapes, and styles. The cats' responses were
recorded and analyzed.
"Findings of Prior Investigators: Boone (1958) found inconclusive
results in studying feline reactions to clean-shaven men. O'Connor and
Brynner (1990) found inconclusive results in studying feline reactions
to shaven heads. Quant (1965) found inconclusive results in studying
feline reactions to bangs. Seuss (1955) found inconclusive results in
studying feline reactions to hats. Ciccone (1986) found inconclusive
results in studying feline reactions to hairy legs. Other related
studies (Smith/Brothers 1972, Conroy 1987, Schwartzenegger 1983) have
since been retracted because the investigators were not able to
reproduce their results.
"Norquist (1988) performed a series of experiments in which cats were
exposed to photographs of Robert Bork[1] (not pictured here), a man
whose beard is confined largely to the underside of the jaw. After
viewing the Bork photograph, 26% of the cats exhibited paralysis of
the legs and body, including the neck. An additional 31% of the cats
exposed to the Bork photograph showed other types of severe
neurological and/or pulmocardial distress and/or exhibited extremely
violent behavior. Because of this, we did not include a photograph of
this type of bearded man in our study."

The bibliography includes these "sources":
"Boone, Patrick, "Cat Reactions to Clean-Shaven Men," in Western
Musicology Journal, March/April 1958, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 4-21.
"Ciccone, Madonna Louise, "Feline Responses to Hairy Legs," in
Midwestern Sociological Review, January 1986, vol. 32, no. 1, pp

You can find links to some of the classic articles on this page:

Classical Gas -- Classic articles From the AIR Vault

There's also a book with classic articles:

The Best of Annals of Improbable Research ( page)

I'll go back and look at this journal some more after finishing your
question. Some of this is really funny stuff! I hope you enjoy reading
it as much as I did.

Best wishes,


Search strategy: I searched with the term "spoof science research"
(without the quotes) and saw a reference to the Annals of Improbable
Research, then used that as a search term.

Term: spoof science research

Term: "annals of improbable research"
prpro-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Excellent! The Annals of Improbable Research is exactly what I was
looking for; thank you!!

Subject: Re: "Scientific" Journal
From: pafalafa-ga on 03 Jun 2003 07:25 PDT
And lest we forget, there's always the classic, "Journal of
Irreproducible Results" at

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