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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 he uses line drawings and only the thousand or rather ten hundred most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is including food-heating radio boxes microwaves tall roads bridges computer buildings datacenters the shared space house the International Space Station the other worlds around the sun the solar system the big flat rocks we live on tectonic plates the pieces everything is made of the periodic table planes with turning wings helicopters boxes that make clothes smell better washers and dryers the 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 heated them up cooled them down pointed them in a different direction or pressed this button In Thing Explainer Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more Funny interesting and always understandable this book is for anyone age 5 to 105 who has ever wondered how things work and why
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 His stick-figure drawings about science technology language and love have a large and passionate following Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions 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 how long would humanity last In pursuit of answers Munroe runs computer simulations pores over stacks of declassified military research memos solves differential equations and consults with nuclear reactor operators His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity complemented by signature xkcd comics They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind or at least a really big explosion The book features new and never-before-answered questions along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website What If will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical
Perhaps the most brilliant comic strip ever created Calvin and Hobbes continues to entertain with dazzling cartooning and tremendous humor Bill Watterson s Calvin and Hobbes has been a worldwide favorite since its introduction in 1985 The strip follows the richly imaginative adventures of Calvin and his trusty tiger Hobbes Whether a poignant look at serious family issues or a round of time-travel with the aid of a well-labeled cardboard box Calvin and Hobbes will astound and delight you Beginning with the day Hobbes sprang into Calvin s tuna fish trap the first two Calvin and Hobbes collections Calvin and Hobbes and Something Under The Bed Is Drooling are brought together in this treasury Including black-and-white dailies and color Sundays The Essential Calvin and Hobbes also features an original full-color 16-page story
In this decidedly unhelpful candid hilarious how-to guide YouTube personality Miranda Sings offers life lessons and tutorials with her signature sassy attitude Over six million social media fans can t be wrong Miranda Sings is one of the funniest faces on YouTube As a bumbling ironically talentless self-absorbed personality a young Gilda Radner if you will she offers up a vlog of helpful advice every week on her widely popular YouTube channel For the first time ever Miranda is putting her advice to paper in this easy-to-follow guide illustrated by Miranda herself In it you ll find instructions on everything how to get a boyfriend wear all black and carry a fishing net to dressing for a date sequins and an orange tutu to performing magic Magic is Lying and much much more Miranda-isms abound in these self-declared lifesaving pages and if you don t like it well as Miranda would say Haters back off
From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal In Why Not Me Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life whether it s falling in love at work seeking new friendships in lonely places attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever or most important believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you re constantly reminded that no one looks like you In How to Look Spectacular A Starlet s Confessions Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone but this isn t the land of appropriate this is Hollywood baby Out here a dark-skinned woman s traditional hair color is honey blonde Player tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L A I had been replaced by a younger model And now they had matching bangs In Unlikely Leading Lady she muses on America s fixation with the weight of actresses Most women we see onscreen are either so thin... that they re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture And in Soup Snakes Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend B J Novak I will freely admit my relationship with B J Novak is weird as hell Mindy turns the anxieties the glamour and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to And those who ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper more
Now a New York Times BestsellerA hilarious thoughtful and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation s sharpest comedic voicesAt some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love We meet people date get into and out of relationships all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection This seems standard now but it s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history With technology our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering So why are so many people frustrated Some of our problems are unique to our time Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods Combos My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan Who s Nathan Did he just send her a photo of his penis Should I check just to be sure But the transformation of our romantic lives can t be explained by technology alone In a short period of time the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically A few decades ago people would find a decent person who lived... in their neighborhood Their families would meet and after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer they would get married and soon have a kid all by the time they were twenty-four Today people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person a soul mate For years Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance but for Modern Romance the book he decided he needed to take things to another level He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit which drew thousands of messages They enlisted the world s leading social scientists including Andrew Cherlin Eli Finkel Helen Fisher Sheena Iyengar Barry Schwartz Sherry Turkle and Robb Willer The result is unlike any social science or humor book we ve seen before In Modern Romance Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world more
Award-winning actress Drew Barrymore shares funny insightful and profound stories from her past and present told from the place of happiness she s achieved today Wildflower is a portrait of Drew s life in stories as she looks back on the adventures challenges and incredible experiences of her earlier years It includes tales of living on her own at 14 and how laundry may have saved her life getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross country road trip saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful happy and healthy place she is today It is the first book Drew has written about her life since the age of 14
Pop-culture phenomenon social rights advocate and the most prominent LGBTQ voice on YouTube Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty personal and hilarious essays For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the Internet Tyler has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book experiencing a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory negotiating a tense stand off with a White House official crashing a car in front of his entire high school in an Arby s uniform projectile vomiting while bartering with a grandmother and so much more In Binge Tyler delivers his best untold hilariously side-splitting moments with the trademark flair that made him a star
In Furiously Happy 1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness A hysterical ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety That sounds like a terrible idea But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best As Jenny says Some people might think that being furiously happy is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he s never particularly liked kangaroos And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house Two is the limit I speak from personal experience My husband says that none is the new limit I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked-up but you d never guess because we ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal Like John Hughes wrote in The Breakfast Club We re all pretty bizarre Some of us are just better at hiding it Except go back and cross out the word hiding Furiously Happy is about taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing because those moments are what make us... who we are and they re the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence It s the difference between surviving life and living life It s the difference between taking a shower and teaching your monkey butler how to shampoo your hair It s the difference between being sane and being furiously happy Lawson is beloved around the world for her inimitable humor and honesty and in Furiously Happy she is at her snort-inducing funniest This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways Because as Jenny s mom says Maybe crazy isn t so bad after all Sometimes crazy is just right more
The Instant 1 New York Times BestsellerFrom the mind of PewDiePie the 1 YouTuber in the world with 40 million fans and more than 10 billion views comes This Book Loves You a collection of beautifully illustrated inspirational thoughts and sayings In This Book Loves You PewDiePie delivers advice and wisdom that everyone can use If all else fails remember Don t be yourself Be a pizza Everyone loves pizza