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Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems


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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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