Favorites-from-XKCD

Favorites from XKCD

The internet is super big—cat videos (awesome), fantasy football (a time-suck), gardening (my wife’s favorite)—you name it, you can find it. For me, there’s xkcd, which is sort of a big mixing pot of Lord of the Rings, science, and adults who want to turn their apartments into giant ball pits (minus the stale urine smell).

Randall Munroe worked for NASA before starting xkcd. Legend has it that he was going through his old math and sketching notebooks one day when he rediscovered some of his old comics. He put them online and grew it into a full-time job (if we could all be so lucky). Wanting to go more in-depth, he started the “What If?” column on xkcd, where he took more space to answer reader questions on everything from how much force could Yoda output (19.2kW) to what would happen if you had a mole of moles (things get bleak). Last year, Munroe collected the best of this column, plus some new content, in What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

What If is a fantastic book, but I have to admit that I’m drawn (pun intended) to the short and sweet xkcd comics. Here are some of my favorites.


Compiling

 

compiling

xkcd.com/303


Tech Support Cheat Sheet

 

tech_support_cheat_sheet

xkcd.com/627


Grownups

 

grownups

xkcd.com/150


Correlation

 

correlation

xkcd.com/552


Conditional Risk

 

conditional_risk

xkcd.com/795


Forgot Algebra

 

forgot_algebra

xkcd.com/1050


Duty Calls

 

duty_calls

xkcd.com/386


Wikipedian Protester

 

wikipedian_protester

xkcd.com/285


Ballmer Peak

 

ballmer_peak

xkcd.com/323


Love these comics? Be sure to check out the equally hilarious and informative What If?

Written by

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Nick is the Creative Director at Libro.fm. He has wildly varying tastes. For example, you can see him zooming around the Pacific Northwest on either his pristine Italian scooter or his mud-splattered, classic American truck. His tastes in books are just as diverse. He reads (and listens to!) everything to 1950s-era sci-fi to modern YA.

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