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A great big map of American movie settings

What movie should you be pretending to be in right now? Whether you live in the land of "Fargo" or "The Rock," Randall Munroe of the web comic has created a map showing the backgrounds of famous movies to help out with this all-important question. Called “A cheat sheet for figuring out where in […]

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In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Randall Munroe’s What If as a Test Case for Open Access in Popular Culture “Munroe’s teasing links to conspiracy sites also hint that he is well aware of the need to evaluate information for accuracy and confident in his ability to do so. He makes an effort… Read More

What Movie Does This Place Look Like?

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Randall Munroe at xkcd modded a U.S. map as “A Cheat Sheet for figuring out where in the U.S. you are by recognizing the background from movies (for use by GeoGuessr players and crash-landed astronauts.” I doubt this would really help me in GeoGuessr, since every picture in there looks like Florida to me but is really Australia. Show More Summary

A Handy Cartoon Map of the Contiguous United States by Popular Movie Backgrounds

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A recent XKCD cartoon by Randall Munroe depicts a map of the contiguous United States broken up by backgrounds from popular movies like Fargo, The Wizard of Oz, and Jaws.

All Hail Opportunity Rover, Future Martian Terror

4 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Back in 2010, XKCD's Randall Munroe devoted a surprisingly moving webcomic to Spirit, NASA's ill-fated and ultimately abandoned Mars rover. Today's comic is about Spirit's twin, the apparently indomitable Opportunity, and its tone is markedly less sentimental. Read more...

Some Mysteries are More Mysterious than Others

last monthHumor / odd : Neatorama

Randall Munroe of xkcd fashioned a scatterplot graph to compare mysteries in both their overall weirdness and their explainability. However, people will still argue over what the explanation is. Most people look at the Loch Ness Monster mystery and say “pareidolia,” while a few folks just know there’s dinosaurs in the lake. Show More Summary

"Art" Project

2 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(xkcd/Randall Munroe) You want to be an artist. But there's a problem: you have no technical skill for it. Don't worry! You can become a conceptual or performance artist. Then all you need is a slight variation on an idea that several other artists have already done. Show More Summary

Here Are New Numbers on Average Penis Length

2 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

Despite Randall Munroe's noble plea in xkcd, humanity probably isn't going to stop talking about penis size anytime soon. In addition to the fact that the less mature among us often find dick jokes funny, it's a subject that's obviously wrought with insecurity for a lot of men. That can... More »

Randall Munroe, author of the popular math and science webcomic...

Randall Munroe, author of the popular math and science webcomic xkcd, posted a graph about the European Space Agency’s mission to land a probe on a comet last November. The former NASA roboticist pointed out that the most incredible thing about the Rosetta mission wasn’t its unprecedented proximity to a comet, or the decade it took to get there. Show More Summary

A Chart Comparing Publication Dates To When A Story Takes Place

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Randall Munroe has really outdone himself with today's xkcd. The infographic shows when a certain story was published and then compares that date to the length of time — either in the future or past — to when the story actually took or will take place. Read more...

Do You Like Flowcharts?

2 months agoHumor : Neatorama

Randall Munroe at xkcd presents us with a flowchart to determine what kind of chart or graph you prefer. And he then attempts to give you what you want, in one way or another. But as you and I know, there’s no pleasing some people. The arrow at the bottom points to the “random” button at the website. Which ought to please anyone.

Could This Be The Answer To Ceres's Mysterious White Spot?

3 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

As Dawn slowly approaches Ceres, this dwarf planet's inexplicable white spot is increasingly coming into focus. Thanks to xkcd's Randall Munroe, we may finally have the answer. Read more...

If You've Been Wondering What That Odd White Spot On The Surface Of Ceres Is...

Briefly: For anyone who’s been wondering what that odd white spot on the surface of Ceres is, Randall Munroe thinks he has the answer. [XKCD] More »      

For anyone who's been wondering what that odd white spot on the surface of Ceres is, Randall Munroe

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

For anyone who's been wondering what that odd white spot on the surface of Ceres is, Randall Munroe thinks he has the answer. [XKCD] Read more...

xkcd Explains How Long it Would Take a Bowling Ball to Sink to the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

3 months agoHumor : Laughing Squid

In the latest edition of “What If?” by xkcd, Randall Munroe answers a reader who wonders how long it would take a 7kg bowling bowl to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench — the deepest part of the ocean. Once he moves beyond the simple answer, “most bowling balls float,” Munroe offers his customary […]

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Gets The #upgoerfive Treatment

4 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

"Up Goer Five" is a webcomic by XKCD's Randall Munroe that describes NASA's Saturn V Rocket using only the 1,000 most commonly used words in English. The comic spawned many #upgoerfive spinoffs – some of them excellent. Now, somebody's given the #upgoerfive treatment to SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 rocket. Read more...


4 months agoHumor : Neatorama

The latest comic from Randall Munroe at xkcd is funny, due to the ignorance about how homeowner’s insurance works. But the concept of shining a backlight on your bathroom is a new one on me. Do we dare try it? Some people clean their toilets on a regular schedule, while others only clean it when it looks dirty. Show More Summary

The XKCD Phone 2: Every Feature You Never Needed

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Randal Munroe's first phone design was good, but your second hand no doubt feels... empty. Fortunately, there's now a another design for you to imagine using. Read more...

xkcd Describes What Would Happen if Someone Made a Lava Lamp Using Real Lava

4 months agoHumor : Laughing Squid

In the latest edition of “What If?” by xkcd, Randall Munroe answers a sixth grade teacher who asks what would happen were someone to make a lava lamp using actual lava. Munroe calls the project “surprisingly reasonable” by his own standards. At the very least, I’m guessing you would lose your teaching license, and possibly […]

Sunday links: short-term thinking

Holiday book time is here. Think about: What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe of xkcd fame. Quote of the […] The post Sunday links: short-term thinking appeared first on Abnormal Retu...

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