Science Humor & Parody: Select Bibliography

compiled by Ralph Dumain

A Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown, and Other Essays for a Scientific Age, edited by Robert A. Baker, drawings by Stanley Wyatt. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1963.

Acknowledgments v
Introduction ix
The Chisholm Effect—Francis P. Chisholm 1
Body Ritual Among The Nacirema—Horace Miner 5
Postal System Input Buffer Device—Robertson Osborne, Joe & Gil, 13
Terns,—F. E. Warburton 18
The Bridge of San Luis Rey—Edwin B. Wilson 20
Cosmic Gall—John Updike 30
The Abominable Snowman—John Masters 32
A Psychoanalysis of U. S. Missile Failures—S. A. Rudin 43
Peniwisle—R. W. Payne 46
Univac To Univac—Louis B. Salomon 51
Saga of a New Hormone—Norman Applezweig 54
Digging The Weans—Robert Nathan 57
The Twenty-Third Psalm—Modern Versions 71
Hiawatha's Lipid—Hugh Sinclair 73
On the Nature of Mathematical Proofs— Joel Cohen 84
A New Tool—Mo Twente 91
Cosmic Sex and You—Nils Peterson 96
Calling All Stars—Leo Szilard 99
A Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown—Charles E. Stem 106
Meihem in ce Klasrum—Dolton Edwards 112
A Report To The AMA—Frank Getlein 116
Frieze—R. A. Baker 122
The Chaostron—J. B. Cadwallader-Cohen, W. S. Zysiczk and R. R. Donnelly 123
How Newton Discovered the Law of Gravitation—James E. Miller 128
Mathmanship—Nicholas Vanserg 140
Logarithmic and Arythmic Expression of a Physiological Function—R. Arnold Le Win 146
Report of the Special Committee—Warren Weaver 150
The Average Working Hours of a Scientist During Lifetime—S. Evershamen 156
The Lab Coat as a Status Symbol—F. E. Warburton 158
Principles of Research Administration, or Eliza on the Radioactive Ice—Michael B. Shimkin 161
Parkinson's Law In Medical Research—C. Northcote Parkinson 170
The Scientist As Seer—Rudolf B. Schmerl 177
A Note On The Contributors 189

The Journal of Irreproducible Results

The Journal of Irreproducible Results (Chicago: J.I.R. Publishers, 1955- ).

Don't Quote Me: the Best of 8 Years of The Journal of Irreproducible Results, ed. by Alexander Kohn. Chicago Heights, IL: Consolidated Laboratories, 1965.

The Journal of Irreproducible Results: Selected Papers, edited by George H. Scherr. 3rd ed. New York: Dorset Press, 1986. (1st ed. compiled by James Ertel, 1976.)

The Best of the Journal of Irreproducible Results: "Improbable Investigations & Unfounded Findings", edited by George H. Scherr; associate editor, Richard Liebmann-Smith. New York: Workman Publishing Company, 1983.

Sex as a Heap of Malfunctioning Rubble (and Further Improbablities): More of the Best of the Journal of Irreproducible Results, edited by Mark Abrahams. New York: Workman Publishing Company, 1993.

Introduction and Apology
The Beginnings of JIR
CHAPTER 1: The Secrets of the Universe
A Briefer History of Time
Heaviest Element Discovered
The Black Hole of Calcutta
A Call for More Scientific Truth in Product Warning Labels
Nobel Thoughts: Sheldon Lee Glashow
Scientific Gossip
CHAPTER 2: Science Art Controversies
Flashbulb photography at Niagara Falls
The Mappeltree Science Art Controversy
Architectural Squaring
Utility of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Philately
Elegant Results
CHAPTER 3: Food and Its Habits
A Decade of Burnt Food
Survival Strategies Among Animal Crackers
Multivariate Analysis of Spaghetti Sauce Stains
Nobel Thoughts: Fred Robbins
A Refined Econometric Analysis of Wine
Distribution of Denny's Restaurants in the Continental United States
Fractal Breakfast Cereal: A Chaotic Dynamic System Fortified with Eight Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Cooking With Potential Energy
Scientific Gossip
CHAPTER 4: Teachers vs. Education
Positive Reinforcement of Positive Reinforcement: Just Say Yes
Technology Update
Peculiar Relationships Between Authors and the Subjects of Their Studies
Nobel Thoughts: Henry Kendall
The Relationship Between Surname Initials and Academic Success or Why Was Aabel Appointed Professor?
In Memoriam: Dr. Elrod Hibbird
Technology Update
The Evolution of College Textbooks
In Memoriam: Raul de Womynn
How to Make a Scientific Lecture Unbearable
Elegant Results
CHAPTER 5: The Unbearable Coolness of Fusion
Tabletop Fusion
Lukewarm Fission
Newsmaker Interview: Martin Fleischmann
Scientific Gossip
CHAPTER 6: Numbers and Their Ilk
Proofreaders' Update January 1991: The Four-Color Map Theorem
An Experimental Determinations of the Natural Base of Logarithms
Simplified Mathematics
The Touring Machine
The Significance of the Number 17 to Mathematicians of My Generation
Sweet Seventeen
Messages Found Encoded in the Digits of Pi
The Binary Abacus
Elegant Results
CHAPTER 7: Human Nature in the Wild
Titular Dominance in I Love Lucy
In Memoriam: Death of the One-Minute Manager
Nonconformists: The 10% Rule
Nobel Thoughts: Eric Chivian
In Memoriam: Accusations Haunt The Legacy of Dr. Bruttelheim
CHAPTER 8: History and Its Future
Patterns of Limb Retention in Hellenic Statuary
Reducing History to Numbers
Preserving the Grand Canyon: Final Report
Abraham Lincoln's Mustache
Scientific Gossip
CHAPTER 9: The Sky and Its Neighbors
Astronomy: An Original Abridgement-Special Book Excerpt
Hubble Telescope Image of Mars Reveals Ringed Planet
The Man Who Saved Pluto
CHAPTER 10: Fishes, Frogs, and the Pacific Nauga
The Effects of Anabolic Steroids on Northern Grass Frogs
Experimental Evidence Against the Evolution of Terrestrial Tetrapods from Fish
The Pacific Nauga: An Endangered Species
Seasonal Variation in Nocturnal Occurrence of Felis Domesticus
Sauropods and the Origin of Flight
Elegant Results
CHAPTER 11: Biological Insights
Aging: A Contagious Disease
Logarithmic and Arhythmic Expression of a Physiological Function
Buttock-Dimpling in Middle-Aged Women: A Cross Cultural Study
The AH Gene: Implications for Genetic Counseling
CHAPTER 12: Hair and Universal Understanding
Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
Technology Update
Baldness and Hydrofriction
Technology Update
Scientific Gossip
CHAPTER 13: Sneaking Up on Cancer
The True Face of a Cancer Cell
How to Find the Cure for Cancer
Sunlight Can Prevent Skin Cancer
Holistic Diagnosis: Rabies and Cancer
CHAPTER 14: Medical Wonders
Infectious Diseases in Bricks
The Effects of Centrifugation on Hip Replacement Patients
Cakus Chocolatus and the Treatment of Disease
Odd Requests for Radiography
Nobel Thoughts: Sir John Kendrew
Visual Cortex Impairment Test
Visual/Cognitive Proclivities Test
More About Zippers
Elegant Results
CHAPTER 15: Overly Stimulating Research
The Glass and Spleen Explosions
A Field Expedient for Measuring Ambient Temperature
CHAPTER 16: The Other Nobel
No Deaths at First Ig Nobel Ceremony
Ten Honored at Second First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Information for Contributors and Subscription Form

This Book Warps Space and Time: Selections from The Journal of Irreproducible Results, edited by Norman Sperling. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008.

Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) & the Ig Nobel Prize

Improbable Research

The Magazine: Annals of Improbable Research

About the Igs

Improbable Research Store

Annals of Improbable Research - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ig Nobel Prize - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [reproduced at Ig Nobel Prize | Patakosmos]

Worm Runner’s Digest

Worm Runner’s Digest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

McConnell, James V., ed.:

Manual of Psychological Experimentation on Planarians. 2nd ed. Ann Arbor, MI, 1967.

Science, Sex, and Sacred Cows: Spoofs on Science from the Worm Runner’s Digest, edited by James V. McConnell and Marlys Schutjer. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971.

Worm Re-turns: the Best from the ‘Worm Runner’s Digest’. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1965.

The Journal of Polymorphous Perversity

The Journal of Polymorphous Perversity. New York: Wry-Bred Press, vols. 1-20, 1984-2003.

Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality, edited by Glenn C. Ellenbogen. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1986.

Primal Whimper: More Readings from The Journal of Polymorphous Perversity, edited by Glenn C. Ellenbogen. New York: Guilford Press, 1989.

Freudulent Encounters (for the Jung at Heart): Still More Readings from The Journal of Polymorphous Perversity, edited by Glenn C. Ellenbogen. New York: W.W. Norton, 1992.

More Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality: Readings from The Journal of Polymorphous Perversity, edited by Glenn C. Ellenbogen. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1996.

On this site:

Ellenbogen, Glenn C. "Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality" (1980?), pp. 87-94.

On other sites:

Tyrer, Peter. "Personality Disorder," British Journal of Psychiatry, 179 (2001), 81-84.


(Not always intentionally humorous, but the subject is inherently funny.)

Bourke, John G. The Portable Scatalog: Excerpts from Scatalogic Rites Of All Nations, a Dissertation Upon the Employment of Excrementitious Remedial Agents in Religion, Therapeutics, Divination, Witchcraft, Love-Philters, Etc., in All Parts of the Globe, edited and with an introduction by Louis P. Kaplan, foreword by Sigmund Freud. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1994. (Original unabridged publication 1891.)

Rosebury, Theodor. Life on Man. New York: Viking Press, 1969; New York: Berkeley Medallion Books, 1970.

To breake a little wind, poem by Sir Thomas More

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