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IgNobel editor to air improbable research results April 30

STANFORD -- Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, will present a seminar and slide show of recent unlikely results from the magazine at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 in Terman Auditorium.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Research, the event is billed as "admission free - sense of humor required."

"Heckling is encouraged," the invitation continues, "as are tie-dyed lab coats and vinyl nerd packs."

Sometimes described as "the MAD Magazine of Science," the Annals of Improbable Research sponsors the annual IgNobel Prize awards for "research that cannot - or should not - be reproduced."

The publication is supervised by an editorial board of more than 40 distinguished scientists, including eight Nobel Laureates and IQ record holder Marilyn Vos Savant. Recent editorial gems include: "The Taxonomy of Barney"; "A Spectrographic Comparison of Apples and Oranges"; "Xerox Micrography"; "Tabletop Fusion"; and "Feline Reactions to Bearded Men."

For more information contact Michele Armstrong in the Office of the Dean of Research at (415) 723-1655 or e-mail

Additional World Wide Web links include:The Annals of Improbable Research at



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