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xkcd Figures Out If One Person Can Walk the Entirety of New York City In a Single Lifetime

yesterdayOdd : Laughing Squid

In the latest edition of “What If” by xkcd, Randall Munroe answers a reader who asks whether one person could walk the entirety of New York City (including the space inside apartments) in a single lifetime. As is his custom, Munroe’s answer is not quite so straight forward as the question might suggest. Imagine that […]

Experience Armageddon in Sneak Peek at 'xkcd' Author's New Book

Let's all just be glad that Earth keeps rotating. In his new book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Situations, xkcd author Randall Munroe illustrates some of life's most bizarre questions and conundrums. Munroe...Show More Summary

Explore the Absurdity of Life in 'XKCD' Author's Latest Book, 'What If?'

What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light? How much physical space does the Internet take up? Randall Munroe, the author of xkcd, answers these questions and other bizarre queries in his new book...Show More Summary

XKCD's Creator Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

XKCD's Randall Munroe is publishing a book of science explainers! What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is due out September 2. To celebrate its imminent arrival, here's the first chapter from the book – an explainer about global devastation. Fun! Read more...

What Would Happen If the Earth Stopped Spinning? An Excerpt from XKCD's What If?

A serious scientific answer to an absurd hypothetical, and the first chapter of Randall Munroe's upcoming book.

Book Excerpt: Randall Munroe’s What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

The following is an excerpt from Randall Munroe's new book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, out September 2. NEW YORK–STYLE TIME MACHINE Q. I assume when you travel back in time you end up at the same spot on the Earth’s surface. At least, that’s how it... More »

Randall Munroe's "Time" Wins Hugo For Best Graphic Story

Randall Munroe's "Time" won the Hugo Award for "Best Graphic Story" in the awards presented over the weekend. Cory Doctorow accepted on the winner's behalf. The winning story can be found here. The nominee slate for that category was: ...Show More Summary

Defend Your Dissertation

3 weeks agoOdd : Neatorama

(Randall Munroe/xkcd) Pro tip for graduate students: members of your thesis committee cannot discover the flaws in your methodology or your questionable conclusions if they're running for their lives. Do not actually do this. At this point in your program, it may look like a reasonable idea. That is only because you are not in your right mind. Leave the sword at home.

D.B. Cooper

last monthOdd : Neatorama

The man we know as D.B. Cooper has not been seen since he jumped out of an airplane in 1971. Or has he been seen by, uh, hundreds of moviegoers? Randall Munroe of xkcd has an intriguing theory that explains everything.

Snake Facts

last monthOdd : Neatorama

It looks like Randall Munroe of xkcd wants a job writing Ze Frank’s True Facts series. I think that second one is too subtle for a video. I had to read it twice to make sure it said what I thought it said.

Tour schedule for XKCD "What If?" book

last monthOdd : Boing Boing

Randall Munroe will take his hotly anticipated book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, on the road in September: Boston, NYC, SEA, SFO, Berkeley and LA!

xkcd Figures Out How Long Humans Could Survive on Cannibalism Alone

last monthOdd : Laughing Squid

In the latest edition of “What If” by xkcd, Randall Munroe answers a reader who asks how long our species would be able to survive just by eating one another. Munroe begins with the 500 trillion calories that comprise the human population and takes his cautionary tale from there. Eating people who have eaten other [...]

xkcd Figures Out How Many Snow Flakes it Would Take to Cover the World in Six Feet of Snow

2 months agoOdd : Laughing Squid

In the latest edition of “What If” by xkcd, Randall Munroe answers a reader whose seven-year-old son wondered how many snowflakes it would take to cover the Earth in six feet of snow. The answer, predictably, gets a bit complicated for a number of factors, including the fact that the snow on the bottom of [...]

xkcd Figures Out What Would Happen to the Earth If All of the Bodies of Water Were to Suddenly Vanish

2 months agoOdd : Laughing Squid

In the latest edition of “What If” by xkcd, Randall Munroe answers a reader who asks what would happen to the Earth if all of the bodies of water were to suddenly vanish. The simple answer is that everyone dies, but the impact is much further reaching than that — from grounded boats to planet-wide [...]

The Solid Surface Area of our Solar System

2 months agoOdd : Neatorama

(xckd/Randall Munroe) Randall Munroe, a webcomic artist, roboticist, and all-around genius has a knack for explaining concepts or phenomenon in original, visual ways. We've previously seen his animated.gif showing the frequency of certain...Show More Summary

Where to stand in solar system

2 months agoOdd :

From XKCD, an illustration of the solar system's solid surfaces stitched together. Best viewed large (if only to find the "all human skin" label). Randall Munroe is just the best, isn't he? Tags: Randall Munroe space

Duration of WWII vs duration of movies about WWII

3 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

In today's What If?, Randall "XKCD" Munroe tries to answer the question: "Did WWII last longer than the total length of movies about WWII? For that matter, which war has the highest movie time:war time ratio?" (Cue the theme from MASH). Read the rest

Manual for Civilization

3 months agoOdd : Neatorama

Okay, do you have a better idea? What books would you include as instructions for building a civilization? Maybe you could contribute your ideas to the Long Now Foundation. Randall Munroe posted this at his webcomic xkcd.

XKCD: Comics that Ask What If?

Physicist and xkcd creator Randall Munroe spoke at TED about his What If? series. His humorous Q&A articles are one of the reasons why he loves math, even if the accompanying mental adventures have led him to get rickrolled.

XKCD: the TED talk

3 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

Here's Randall Munroe's TED talk about his What If? series, in which he answers big, weird questions about baseballs travelling at the speed of light and such, which is also the subject of a hotly anticipated forthcoming book. The talk is a mix of war-stories and insight into what makes Munroe (who is a fascinating dude) tick. Read the rest

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