Posts Tagged ‘XKCD’

The words for winter

February 25, 2015

winterSource: xkcd

We’re not used to really cold winters any more

February 13, 2015

coldSource: xkcd

The complete real estate of the Solar System

July 7, 2014

Randall Munroe shows the surface area of the planets and asteroids in the Solar System that are hard enough to walk on.   Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus don’t count because they don’t have solid surfaces.  If they did, their surfaces would be many times bigger than that whole map.

via xkcd.    Hat tip to

Science and the sense of beauty

February 23, 2014


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I thought I was the only one like this

November 2, 2013


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-10-day weather forecast

August 28, 2013


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August 17, 2013


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The Saturn V rocket explained in common words

August 3, 2013

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The Saturn V rocket explained in the 1,000 most common words in the English language.

Source: xkcd: Up Goer Five.

If you like this, you might like Short Words to Explain Relativity.

Hat tip for both to

Cases closed

July 11, 2013


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Pay no attention to this flow chart

June 14, 2013


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The hierarchies of knowledge

April 11, 2013



I lifted these two cartoons from the Biology vs. Theoretical Physics post on the Sans Science web log.

The top cartoon is, of course, from Randall Munroe’s xkcd series.

A new New Year’s resolution

January 18, 2013

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Poll watching

November 6, 2012


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Hat tip to Unqualified Offerings.

Elections that broke with precedent

October 18, 2012

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Who are the richest billionaires?

September 1, 2012

Randall Munroe, creator of the web comic xkcd, is a great creator of infographics.  The chart above is a section of his new poster about money and its distribution.  The list of billionaires is from last year’s Forbes.  A lot of the names were unfamiliar to me, so I looked them up on Wikipedia.

Carlos Slim made his billions by buying the Mexican government telephone system at a bargain rate and jacking up phone rates.

Bill Gates, as almost everyone knows, is a founder of Microsoft.

Warren Buffett is an extremely successful investor/speculator in the stock market.

Bernard Arnault is a Frenchman who owns Louis Vuittron and other luxury goods companies.

Larry Ellison is founder of the Oracle software company.

Laksimi Mittai is CEO of the world’s largest steel company, which is based in India.

Amancio Ortega is a Spanish merchandiser of luxury clothing.

Eike Batista is a Brazilian mining and oil-and-gas magnate.

Mukesh Ambani is CEO of India’s Reliance Industries, who expanded the family textile business back into polyester fibers and then into the oil and gas industry.

Christy Walton is one of the heirs of Sam Walton, founder of the Wal-mart store chain.



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