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Fun, friendly JIR is a great escape from the harsh and the hassle. Benefits stretch far beyond the easy chair. Many items are perfect to post, or to show around, or to include in a presentation. Many spark new and interesting thoughts. Great gift for scientists, doctors, engineers, and professors. Subscribe

Words And Unwords

WILDWORDS board game!

All the fun that Scrabble® should have been. More words, more strategy, more bluffs, more twists! Great gift! Top-quality tiles and trays. Including US shipping: $36.95. eMail or snail-mail your order.

The stars above are beautiful, and so is The Stars Above starfinder!

Gleaming, sturdy blue acrylic, 14 inches wide. Dome-shaped, like the real sky. Dial up any time on any date. Find the constellations, the Milky Way, planets, and major stars. Great gift! Little distortion between 30° and 50° North latitude. $99.95 includes base, booklet, and UPS ground shipping within US. eMail or snail-mail your order.

Stretchable Graph Sheets!

JIR exclusive! JIR was first to suggest them, way back in 1964, and now makes them real. Our graph sheets stretch a point so much you could be a politician. [not recommended] Each kit contains these 8.5 x 11 inch sheets:

  • Stretchable Spandex grid
  • Invariant transparent grid to use atop:
  • Stretchable blank Spandex to draw your own curves on
  • Suggestions

Use your own clipboard and binder clips to anchor sides you don’t want to stretch. $9.95 including US postage. eMail or snail-mail your order.

Brian Malow

Brian Malow performs widely on the comedy club circuit. He is a life-long fan of science and science fiction. His intelligent, imaginative comedy plays delightfully with language, and is spiced with a healthy dose of science. His clean, energetic style makes him a favorite at colleges and corporations (such as Apple, Dell, 3M, and Texas Instruments). www.sciencecomedian.com

Astronauts aboard space shuttle STS-44, while in orbit, listened to his Neil Armstrong routine. And they laughed.

Your group can laugh, too. A whole lot. eMail Brian Malow to arrange a performance for your own special event: brian@butseriously.com

Geek Comic- Nerdo Capo Di Capi Tutti, accessible Geekiosity, family fun.

Norm Goldblatt performs at nightclubs, comedy clubs, corporate events, private parties and fundraisers. His humor touches on technology, science, politics, and the human condition. Every show is different and peppered with jokes from the day’s news. His quips were quoted regularly by the late great Herb Caen in the San Francisco Chronicle and his jokes are heard on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Born with Asociotechnophilia, he redirected the ravaging effects of this disease toward developing skills as a physicist, teacher, engineer and entertainer. He has 2 head positions — towards the stars and towards his shoes — but get him onstage and power him with a spotlight, and his laser gaze will entrance you. www.normgoldblatt.com.


What Critics Are Saying!

"I recommend a regular dose of the Journal of Irreproducible Results, the funniest magazine I know."
- Toronto Globe And Mail

"The Journal of Irreproducible Results is the funniest thing to happen to science since Archimedes ran naked through the streets of Syracuse."
- Discover

"The Journal of Irreproducible Results is our favorite magazine."
- New Scientist

"At The Journal of Irreproducible Results, readers are regularly brought up to mock speed."
- Daily Southtown

"The publication of The Journal of Irreproducible Results has profound implications."
- The Economist

"[JIR] serves as a corrective to academics who take themselves too seriously and to the overly credulous who believe anything that scientists tell them."
- International Herald Tribune

"Inside the 32 page journal are items that will bring a smile to the soberest of researchers."
- The Chronicles of Higher Education

"... a few of the hilarious 'facts' found in the Journal of Irreproducible Results, a rib-tickling spoof ...
- The Enquirer, St. Louis, Missouri

"The history of scientific satire, for all its good humor, opened on a savage note. In 1837, three men of science published papers asserting that squashed grapes can turn into wine only with the help of a living organism, which one of them, Theodor Schwann, called Zuckerpilz ('sugar fungus', or yeast). So silly did this seem to Justus von Liebig and Friedrich Wohler, two of Germany's greatest chemists and firm believers in the theory that fermentation is a strictly chemical process, that they used their journal, the Annalen der Pharmacie, to attack the notion that wine is a waste product. In a facetious article written in a ribald style, the scientists depicted a Zuckerpilz as a somewhat unconventional creature, with a champagne bottle for a bladder. Out of its mouth spewed carbon dioxide, and out of its anus, alcohol. What is most striking about this controversy, in retrospect, is not that such eminent scientists as von Liebig and Wohler were so thoroughly wrong but that so vicious an attack appeared in the open in a serious journal. Today, scientific satire flourishes underground. To find it, one must peruse laboratory bulletin boards or eavesdrop on scientists in conversation in the lunchroom. Or, instead, one could subscribe to the Journal of Irreproducible Results."
- The Sciences

"The Ig Nobel Prize developed out of a humorous publication called the Journal of Irreproducible Results."
- Speak-Up, Milano, Italy

"There are few outlets in the world where scientists with a sense of humor can poke fun at themselves and publish theoretical breakthroughs. The finest one today is the Journal of Irreproducible Results."
- Omni

"You don't have to be familiar with the subject matter of obscure journals to enjoy the humor of the Journal of Irreproducible Results."
- Games

"This album gathers work from a journal more esteemed than Scientific American or Nature."
- Washington Post Book World

"It might be called A Holistic Approach to the Mending of the Fractured Funny Bone - It's real name is The Best of The Journal of Irreproducible Results."
- Memphis Magazine

"... a collection of writings from the humorous science journal that since 1955 has been making light of heavy research."
- Library Journal

"Anyone science-oriented will find this a treasure of genuine wit, satire, and parody." Rating: A (outstanding)
- Computer Book Review

"Es sind rund 30 Jahre her, daB amerikanische Wissenschaftler das Journal of Irreproducible Results (Zeitschrift der unwiederholbaren Ergebnisse) gegrundet haben, um Weitschweifigkeit und Schwulst, obskure Logik and schiere Dumjmheit in wissenschaftlichen Zeitschriften aufs Korn zu nehmen."
- Wetzlarer Neue Zeitung

"... the irrepressible humor of the Journal of Irreproducible Results is one way to hold the malaise of modern life at bay."
- Sun-Times

Scientific Curiosities and Anomalies

Compiled by William R. Corliss, The Sourcebook Project

Ancient Infrastructure: Remarkable Roads, Mines, Mounds, Stone Circles. 412 pages, paperback. $21.95.

Mysterious Universe: Astronomical Anomalies. 716 pages, hardback. $19.95.

Biological Anomalies: Birds. 486 pages, hardback. $27.50.

Neglected Geological Anomalies. 333 pages, hardback. $18.95.

Remarkable Luminous Phenomena in Nature: A Catalog of Geophysical Anomalies. 419 pages, hardback. $24.95.

Science Frontiers: Some Anomalies and Curiosities of Nature. 1977-1994. 356 pages, paperback. $18.95.

Science Frontiers II: More Anomalies and Curiosities of Nature. 1994-2004. 340 pages, paperback. $21.95.

Prices include US shipping. Canada: add $3/book; overseas, add $10/book. eMail or snail-mail your order.

Anthology Recapitulates Hilarity:

This Book Warps Space and Time

JIR’s new anthology is a fast-paced frolic of humorous and quirky tidbits in science, math, academe, bureaucracy, and witty wordplay. Open this book and you're chuckling within seconds. More than 250 entries ponder and pun the practical and peculiar. Edited by JIR’s Norman Sperling, published by Andrews McMeel. 289 pages, 6 x 6 inches (but only the dimensions are square), soft cover. In US stores October 2008. A great gift! custom-inscribed any way the customer wants, $15.99 including US postage. eMail or snail-mail your order.

Few Thrills Compare to Weather at its Worst

Extreme Weather

by Christopher C. Burt

We often hear that the day was the hottest, coldest, wettest, or snowiest on record. Is the climate really becoming more extreme as a result of global warming? The facts are in this book, along with bizarre weather events: heat bursts, electrified dust storms, snow rollers, pink snowstorms, luminous tornadoes, falls of fish and toads, ball lightning, and super bolts. Great gift! Revised edition, 320 pages, 110 photos, 47 maps, 66 tables and graphics, extreme weather data for >300 US cities. Soft cover. 2007. $29.95, custom-inscribed by author Chris Burt any way the customer wants, including US postage. eMail or snail-mail your order.

What Your Astronomy Textbook Won’t Tell You

by Norman Spering

Textbooks don’t tell all they should, and sometimes inhibit learning. Norm Sperling teaches what textbooks won’t tell:

  • Too sure of things? Learn which Unknowns still stump us.
  • Outdated viewpoints? Reset your mindset.
  • Need to weed out bunk? Bigtime debunking explains why science can tell how nature works.
  • Overly serious? Chuckle at bloopers.
  • Fresh, intriguing ideas and viewpoints, many of which apply to other sciences as well.

From the review in JRASC: "a rollicking read. It is fun! The language is down-to-earth and jargon-free. The writing style is straightforward and friendly. The book does not take itself too seriously. You will find it hard to put down because it just keeps going, like the Energizer bunny, with interesting topic after interesting topic."

183 pages, paperback, 2002. $26.95 custom-inscribed by the author any way the customer wants, including US postage. eMail or snail-mail your order.


Creation/ Evolution Satiricon

by Robert Dietz and John Holden

Witty, hard-hitting satire, delightfully illustrated with many droll cartoons. A classic book, long out-of-print. Paperback. $39.95 while the co-author’s last box of new copies lasts, including Holden’s custom-inscription any way the customer wants, and US postage. 8.5 x 11 inches, 140 pages, 1987. eMail or snail-mail your order.


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