How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems is the latest satirical (but also funny-’cause-it’s-true) release from webcomic xkcd cartoonist and author Randall Munroe.
Deemed a “useless self-help guide,” How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems follows Munroe’s other New York Times bestsellers, Thing Explainer and What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. Here the author explores problems whose solutions have a right approach and wrong approach. But he ignores both of those options, instead offering up the step-by-steps to a “way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it.”
Unless you get a wild hair, or a hankering for YouTube virality, and do.
Some techniques How To covers include:
- Predicting the weather by analyzing pixels of your Facebook photos
- Measuring the radioactivity of your teeth to determine if you’re a baby boomer or a kid born in the 90s.
- Gaining passage across a river by boiling it.
- Getting rid of How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by dissolving it in the ocean or converting it to vapor.
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