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By Randall Munroe

From the author of the wildly well known webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative solutions to big questions you most likely by no means suggestion to ask.

Millions of individuals stopover at each one week to learn Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings approximately technology, expertise, language, and love have a wide and passionate following.

Fans of xkcd ask Munroe loads of unusual questions. What for those who attempted to hit a baseball pitched at ninety percentage the rate of sunshine? how briskly are you able to hit a pace bump whereas riding and dwell? If there has been a robotic apocalypse, how lengthy may humanity last?

In pursuit of solutions, Munroe runs laptop simulations, pores over stacks of declassified army learn memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of readability and hilarity, complemented through signature xkcd comics. they generally expect the total annihilation of humankind, or at the least a truly mammoth explosion.

The ebook positive factors new and never-before-answered questions, in addition to up to date and extended models of the most well-liked solutions from the xkcd site. What If? might be required examining for xkcd lovers and someone who likes to consider the hypothetical.

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Whilst the blood is some centimeters deep, the weight will get significantly lighter. in case you may perhaps stay up for the sector of blood to get 20 centimeters deep—and in the event that your shoulder have been intact—you may also be capable of pull your arm away. challenge: that may take 5 instances as a lot blood as you could have on your physique. It feels like you’re unlikely to make it. Let’s rewind. the right way to contact a neutron bullet: salt, water, and vodka you could contact the bullet and live to tell the tale … yet you must encompass it with water. DO do this at domestic, and ship me movies. that will be particularly shrewdpermanent, you could hold the top of the hose within the water and permit the bullet’s gravity do the siphoning for you. to the touch the bullet, pour water onto the pedestal till it’s a meter or 2 deep at the facet of the bullet. it is going to shape a form like the sort of: If these boats sink, you’re no longer salvaging them. Now, dip your head and arm in. because of the water, you’re capable of wave your hand round the bullet with none trouble! The bullet is pulling you towards it, yet it’s pulling the water simply as challenging. Water (like meat) is nearly incompressible, even at those pressures, so not anything severe will get beaten. five in spite of the fact that, you could now not particularly be capable to contact the bullet. whilst your palms get a number of millimeters away, the robust gravity signifies that buoyancy performs a big position. in case your hand is somewhat much less dense than the water, it won’t be capable of penetrate that final millimeter. If it’s a bit of extra dense, it will likely be sucked down. this is often the place the vodka and salt are available in. should you locate the bullet tugging in your fingertips as you succeed in in, it skill your palms aren’t buoyant sufficient. combine in a few salt to make the water denser. when you locate your fingertips sliding on an invisible floor on the fringe of the bullet, make the water much less dense via including vodka. in the event you acquired the stability splendid, you'll contact the bullet and stay to inform approximately it. might be. replacement plan Sound too dicy to you? No challenge. this entire plan—the bullet, the water, the salt, the vodka—doubles as directions for making the main tough combined drink within the historical past of drinks: the Neutron megastar. So seize a straw and take a drink. … and consider: If anyone drops a cherry into your Neutron celebrity, and it sinks to the ground, don’t try and fish it out. It’s long past. bizarre (AND caring) QUESTIONS FROM THE WHAT IF? INBOX, #12 * * * Q. What if I swallow a tick that has Lyme illness? Will my abdominal acid kill the tick and the borreliosis, or might i am getting Lyme affliction from the interior out? —Christopher Vogel Q. Assuming a comparatively uniform resonant frequency in a passenger jet, what percentage cats, meowing at what resonant frequency of acknowledged jet, will be required to “bring it down”? —Brittany * * * RICHTER 15 Q. What if a Richter importance 15 earthquake have been to hit the United States at, let’s say, manhattan urban? What a few Richter 20? 25? —Alec Farid A. THE RICHTER SCALE, WHICH has technically been changed via the “moment magnitude”1 scale, measures the power published via an earthquake.

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