What If?

Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

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Nik Graf
Nik GrafHunter@nikgraf · Passionate about Reason & Serverless
I read this earlier this year and enjoyed it a lot! It's a collection of many of the blog's (https://whatif.xkcd.com/) most popular answers, along with some new. Some of the questions: - How much Force power can Yoda output? - When (if ever) did the Sun finally set on the British Empire? - If you had a printed version of the whole of (say, the English) Wikipedia, how many printers would you need in order to keep up with the changes made to the live version? - Supposing you did drain the oceans, and dumped the water on top of the Curiosity rover, how would Mars change as the water accumulated? The book doesn't have a lot pages. In a day or two you will be through. I promise you will laugh a lot & might even learn something.
Erik van Mechelen
Erik van Mechelen@decision_ · Essayist and fiction writer
@nikgraf Great reminder! As a bonus, audiobook (from Blackstone) is read by Wil Wheaton! I'm listening on Scribd as we speak. Great book for the curious among us!
Alexandru Rosianu
Alexandru Rosianu@aluxian · Software Engineer, Mentor, Entrepreneur
This is so awesome, thanks for sharing!
Michael Kamleitner
Michael Kamleitner@_subnet · Die Socialisten / Swat.io / Walls.io
Someone dropped the paper version here in the office a year ago, but I never got around to read it - added it to my holiday kindle list now, thx :)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)Pro@emilyjsnowdon · Head Of Operations @ Product Hunt
I bought this for my uncle for Christmas last year - a physics PHD. He was very amused - and I must confess to dipping in before wrapping! Great book.
QueenLear
QueenLear@queenleariv · ConnectionAgent-Co-Founder @ButtonPoetry
XKCD.com has to be one of my all time favorite websites. I have utilized their science-logic-humor many a time for quips and comebacks. So when this was released as a physical and audiobook my geeky-self couldn't help but devour it and recommend it as much as possible. If you haven't read it... Do it... For the sake of the universe.