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Review: Humor and science collide in xkcd comics

By ETHAN SIBBETT

Xkcd was meant to be a name without meaning.

Developed as a screen name, Randall Munroe didn’t actually use it but repurposed it as the domain of his comic website http://www.xkcd.com. Beginning as just a daily gag, his comic developed characters, and he has frequently broken from the norm to discuss profound insights or reveal very detailed infographics he has created.

He releases a new comic every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Above is the comic “A-minus-minus” which was featured on the Xkcd.com. Chttps://xkcd.com/325/

Munroe worked in robotics for NASA during college. Shortly after graduation, NASA didn’t renew his contract, so he started working on his comics full-time. The comic developed popularity rapidly, finding its niche among scientists and physics-lovers.

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A featured comic on the xkdc.com website. Link to comic: https://xkcd.com/1693/

Munroe grew to support himself on income from xkcd merchandise. He also developed a blog on which he answers absurd scientific questions.  

For example, “What if we drained the oceans and dropped the water on Mars?”

Answer: The Netherlands would take over Mars.

Munroe later published a collection of many of these questions and some additional content in a book titled “What If?” that brought him much of his recognition. He has moved on to publish “Thing Explainer,” in which he explained concepts like how rockets (thing-goer-uppers) work using only the most common 1000 words. Munroe has also worked on several side open-source programming projects, like Robot9000 that prevents repetition in chats.

A hilarious, insightful and creative look at life, Munroe’s work is perfect for science lovers, philosophers and anyone who appreciates unique perspectives. 11 stars out of five!

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Above is the comic “Work,” which published on the xkdc.com website. Link to comic: https://xkcd.com/1741/

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