In the Oct. 2, 1995, issue of The Scientist on page 3, there was an article by Peter Gwynne ["Science Humor Magazine, Comic Awards Improbably Change Location"] concerning a conversation Gwynne had with Marc Abrahams. Some of the remarks and assertions made in this article have been repeated in other media, and it has become necessary to set the record straight concerning the relationship between the Journal of Irreproducible Results (JIR) and the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). The article alleges that AIR is the "successor" to JIR.

In order for Annals of Improbable Research to be the successor to the Journal of Irreproducible Results, it would be necessary for the JIR to no longer be published; otherwise, I fail to see how it can be a successor to it. JIR has been published for approximately 40 years on a continuous basis during the entire period of which, except for...

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