Squeeeeeeee! Der kommer en What If? bog fra Randall Munroe

Og den er allerede bestilt. “What If?” er Randall Munroe (xkcd)’s blog af videnskabelige svar på absurde spørgsmål. Bogen indeholder ikke kun svar fra bloggen men også yderligere. “What If?” er en af de sjoveste blogs jeg kender og selv fodnoterne er underholdende.

Nogle eksisterende spørgsmål:

If a T-rex were released in New York City, how many humans/day would it need to consume to get its needed calorie intake?

What if I jumped out of an airplane with a couple of tanks of helium and one huge, un-inflated balloon? Then, while falling, I release the helium and fill the balloon. How long of a fall would I need in order for the balloon to slow me enough that I could land safely?

If you could teleport to a random place of the surface of the Earth, what are the odds that you’ll see signs of intelligent life?

How quickly would the ocean’s drain if a circular portal 10 meters in radius leading into space was created at the bottom of Challenger Deep, the deepest spot in the ocean? How would the Earth change as the water is being drained?

Supposing you did Drain the Oceans, and dumped the water on top of the Curiosity rover, how would Mars change as the water accumulated?

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