Annals of Improbable Research

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The magazine Annals of Improbable Research ( AIR ) is published every two months in Cambridge , Massachusetts ( USA ). In it, as a satire on a scientific journal, fictional or real experiments with absurd topics as well as at least one serious research contribution with a curious topic, for example Murphy's law, are presented . The journal is published by various Nobel Prize winners, among others.

AIR annually awards the Ig Nobel Prize for ten achievements that "make people laugh first and then think".

A predecessor of the magazine was the Journal of Irreproducible Results by the Israeli scientists Harry Lipkin and Alexander Kohn , founded in 1955. When this magazine was bought by publisher George Scherr in 1994, the majority of editors - like Marc Abrahams - left the newspaper and founded the Annals of Improbable Research . Complaints by Scherr regarding plagiarism came to nothing.

From the German-speaking region, Mark Benecke is co-editor and author of AIR.

Sample article

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  • Marc Abrahams: The Influence of Peanut Butter on Earth's Rotation. Research that the world doesn't need , Birkhäuser Verlag, 2002, ISBN 3764359412 .

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