What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions of people visit xkcd. Com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic.

Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions #ad - Houghton Mifflin. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? how fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, Munroe runs computer simulations, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators.

The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website.

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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon?  Randall Munroe is here to help. In thing explainer, rather, “ten hundred” most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:food-heating radio boxes microwavestall roads bridgescomputer buildings datacentersthe shared space house the International Space Stationthe other worlds around the sun the solar systemthe big flat rocks we live on tectonic platesthe pieces everything is made of the periodic tableplanes with turning wings helicoptersboxes that make clothes smell better washers and dryersthe bags of stuff inside you cells How do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up,  he uses line drawings and only the thousand or, heated them up, pointed them in a different direction, cooled them down, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer,  Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more.

Funny, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, interesting, and why.

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The Book of General Ignorance

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Crown #ad - What do chameleons do? They don’t change color to match the background. Misconceptions, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, misunderstandings, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller. Utter fabrication. Total Lie. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

It’ll have you scratching your head wondering why we even bother to go to school. Think magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the globe, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, baseball was invented in America, wrong, Henry VIII had six wives, wrong, and wrong again. Who was the first American president? Peyton Randolph.

The Book of General Ignorance #ad - Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, nature, and more, literature, science, The Book of General Ignorance is a witty “gotcha” compendium of how little we actually know about anything. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know! check out the book of geNERAL IGNORANCE for more fun entries and complete answers to the following: How long can a chicken live without its head? About two years.

Complete myth. They change color as a result of different emotional states. Harmony. What was james bond’s favorite drink? Not the vodka martini.

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Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

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Penguin Press #ad - The instant new york times bestseller!a wall street journal best science book of the year!a popular science best science book of the year! from a top scientist and the creator of the hugely popular web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a hilariously illustrated investigation into future technologies -- from how to fling a ship into deep space on the cheap to 3D organ printing   What will the world of tomorrow be like? How does progress happen? And why do we not have a lunar colony already? What is the hold-up? In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr.

A given future technology may need any number of intermediate technologies to develop first, and many of these critical advances may appear to be irrelevant when they are first discovered. By weaving their own research, and zach's trademark comics, how they would work, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, and what is standing in their way.

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything #ad - Harmony. Kelly weinersmith give us a snapshot of what's coming next -- from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. The journey to progress is full of strange detours and blind alleys that tell us so much about the human mind and the march of civilization. To this end, from space elevators to robotic construction, you know, Soonish investigates ten different emerging fields, to show us the amazing world we will have, from programmable matter to augmented reality, soonish.

Soonish is the perfect gift for science lovers for the holidays! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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The Book of Unusual Knowledge

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Publications International, Ltd. #ad - Harmony. The book of unusual knowledge is a mammoth 704-page padded hardcover book crammed with a cornucopia of information some useful, others not so much but all of it completely captivating. Sample topics include: are plastic bags killing sacred cows in India? Does NASCAR have roots in bootlegging moonshine? Did Ronald Reagan see not one but two UFOs during his lifetime? Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

It's perfect for anyone with a curious mind and a passion for learning. With quirky illustrations and a vast array of articles, anecdotes, lists, and games, this book will provide hours of fascinating reading. It will also expand your knowledge on a range of topics, technology, art, and much, the universe, including the animal kingdom, sports, politics, history, much more.

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Are You Sh*tting Me?: 1,004 Facts That Will Scare the Crap Out of You

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TarcherPerigee #ad - Unless of course you are already disturbed, in which case this is the book for you! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Blue ice, and beaver ass, meteors, oh my! fact: The use of maggots to clean wounds has proven to be effective for patients who don't respond to traditional treatments. Fact: the icelandic dish hákarl is beheaded basking shark that is buried in the ground for six to 12 weeks to putrefy before it is eaten.

Fact: used during the dutch revolt, rat torture involved trapping rodents under a bowl on a prisoner's stomach then heating the bowl's exterior so the animals would eat through the victim's flesh to try to escape. Fact: the average person picks his nose five times every hour, occasionally eating what he picks.

Are You Sh*tting Me?: 1,004 Facts That Will Scare the Crap Out of You #ad - The world is a scary place, and it gets scarier every day. From the creator of the bestselling 1, 001 facts that will scare The S#*t Out Of You comes this new collection of 1, 004 count 'em! truly horrifying and horrifyingly true facts about the world around us. From ancient medical practices to doomsday scenarios, to disgusting food from around the world and the entire terrifying state of Florida, the facts in Are You Sh*tting Me? are sure to entertain and disturb you at once.

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Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

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Penguin Books #ad - Is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism What do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common? to Logic Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything. Penguin Books. Philosophy 101 for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joy to read—and finally, it all makes sense!And now, you can read Daniel Klein's further musings on life and philosophy in Travels with Epicurus and Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change it.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Harmony. Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar. Has been a breakout bestseller ever since authors—and born vaudevillians—Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein did their schtick on NPR’s Weekend Edition. This new york times bestseller is the hilarious philosophy course everyone wishes they’d had in schoolOutrageously funny, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar.

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Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year

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National Geographic #ad - Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year #ad - From caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier steve wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless picasso, romance gone wrong like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall, and truly bizarre moments like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

National geographic author michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. National geographic. Harmony. Penguin Books. Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse.

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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

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Workman Publishing Company #ad - Escher-like stepwells in India. Not to mention the great stalacpipe organ in virginia, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, still on display in Devon, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, eccentric bone museums in Italy, England.

Atlas obscura: an explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders is a virtual celebration of 700 of the most unusual places in the world and will rewrite bucket lists with its descriptions of natural wonders, architectural marvels, mind-boggling events, and bizarre phenomena—all organized by continent and country.

Hardcover; 480 pages with photographs and illustrations on every page. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders #ad - And with its compelling descriptions, it is a book to enter anywhere, maps for every region of the world, surprising charts, hundreds of photographs, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is.

Anyone can be a tourist. Atlas obscura is for the explorer.

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How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler

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Riverhead Books #ad - National geographic. It's essential reading for anyone who needs to duplicate an industrial civilization quickly. Randall munroe, xkcd creator and new york times-bestselling author of What If? The only book you need if you're going back in timeWhat would you do if a time machine hurled you thousands of years into the past.

An npr best book of 2018"how to Invent Everything is such a cool book. This illustrated manual contains all the science, facts, art, engineering, philosophy, and figures required for even the most clueless time traveler to build a civilization from the ground up. Bestselling author and time-travel enthusiast Ryan North shows you how to invent all the modern conveniences we take for granted--from first principles.

How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler #ad - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Harmony. Better. And then broke? how would you survive? could you improve on humanity's original timeline? And how hard would it be to domesticate a giant wombat? With this book as your guide, you'll survive--and thrive--in any period in Earth's history. Atlas obscura: an explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders is a virtual celebration of 700 of the most unusual places in the world and will rewrite bucket lists with its descriptions of natural wonders, mind-boggling events, architectural marvels, and bizarre phenomena—all organized by continent and country.

Hardcover; 480 pages with photographs and illustrations on every page. Penguin Books.

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A Dog's Guide to Humans Fun Reads for Dog Lovers Volume 1

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform #ad - A dog's guide to humans - A lighthearted look at the human species from a dog's point of view. 7. 3" x 107". Atlas obscura: an explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders is a virtual celebration of 700 of the most unusual places in the world and will rewrite bucket lists with its descriptions of natural wonders, mind-boggling events, architectural marvels, and bizarre phenomena—all organized by continent and country.

Hardcover; 480 pages with photographs and illustrations on every page. Bob the westie shares some tips and tricks on getting the best out of human beings, attempts to fathom some of their strange behaviour and imparts some of his wisdom on training and manipulation techniques. How well has your dog trained you? Take the quiz at the end of the book to find out!  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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