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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
Toddler a holery is a normal part of human development not unlike puberty except this stage involves throwing food on the floor and taking swings at people who pay your way in life For parents of toddlers it s a you better laugh so you don t cry period Bunmi Laditan s hilarious satirical guide to toddlerhood offers parents instant and very welcome comic relief along with the very good news that It s Not Your Fault Chapters cover the cost of raising a toddler feeding your toddler potty-training tantrums how to manage the holidays and how not to die inside Parents will see themselves in the very funny sections on taking your toddler to restaurants One parent will spend their time walking your toddler around the restaurant and outside like a cocker spaniel while the other luckier parent will eat alone Things You Thought You d Never Say That You Now Say As a Parent of a Toddler I can tell you re pooping because your eyes are watering and how to order pizza Spend 40 on pizza delivery Listen to your toddler cry for 30 minutes about how the pizza is all wrong Watch your toddler take a small bite of crust Google can anger give you a heart attack Start the bedtime routine Laditan s wildly funny voice has attracted hundreds of thousands of... fans of Honest Toddler on social media here she speaks parent-to-tired-parent easing the pains and challenges of raising toddlers with a hefty dose of adult humor and wit more
Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central s Upright Citizens Brigade Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live and in movies like Baby Mama Blades of Glory and They Came Together Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy s one-liners If your answer to these questions is Yes Please then you are in luck In her first book one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart pointed and ultimately inspirational read Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories lists poetry Plastic Surgery Haiku to be specific photographs mantras and advice With chapters like Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend Plain Girl Versus the Demon and The Robots Will Kill Us All Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh Honest personal real and righteous Yes Please is full of words to live by
In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation so far Here Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom his struggles with identity body image and sexuality in his teen years and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality philanthropist entrepreneur and tastemaker Exploring his past with insight and humor his present with humility and his future with hope Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages don t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey
Nothing has driven home a certain truth about my generation which is approaching the apex of its childbearing years quite like this --The New Yorker A parenting zeitgeist --Washington Post A hilarious take on that age-old problem getting the beloved child to go to sleep --National Public Radio A new Bible for weary parents --New York Times Resonates powerfully with almost everyone --Boston Globe Go the F to Sleep challenges stereotypes opens up prototypes and acknowledges that shared sense of failure that comes to all parents who weary of ever getting their darling s to sleep and briefly resuming the illusion of a life of their own --Midwest Book ReviewGo the F to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland Profane affectionate and radically honest California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach s verses perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night In the process they open up a conversation about parenting granting us permission to admit our frustrations and laugh at their absurdity With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes Go the F to Sleep... is beautiful subversive and pants-wettingly funny--a book for parents new old and expectant You probably should not read it to your children Seriously Just Go to Sleep a children s book inspired by Go the F to Sleep and appropriate for kids of all ages is forthcoming from Akashic Books in April 2012 and available NOW for pre-order more
View our feature on George Orwell s 1984 Written in 1948 1984 was George Orwell s chilling prophecy about the future And while 1984 has come and gone Orwell s narrative is timelier than ever 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish No one can deny the power of this novel its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers or the resiliency of its admonitions a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time
Ray Bradbury s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak dystopian future Guy Montag is a fireman In his world where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction firemen start fires rather than put them out His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities the printed book along with the houses in which they are hidden Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce returning each day to his bland life and wife Mildred who spends all day with her television family But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor Clarisse who introduces him to a past where people didn t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears Montag begins to question everything he has ever known He starts hiding books in his home and when his pilfering is discovered the fireman has to run for his life
With his unmistakable rhymes and signature illustration style Dr Seuss creates a classic picture-book ode to aging in You re Only Old Once On a visit to the Golden Years Clinic on Century Square for Spleen Readjustment and Muffler Repair readers will laugh with familiar horror at the poking and prodding and testing and ogling that go hand in hand with the dreaded appellation of senior citizen Though Dr Seuss is known for his peerless work in books for children this comical look at what it s like to get older is ideal for Seuss fans of advanced years In his own words this is a book for obsolete children A perfect gift for retirement birthdays and holidays
The book that more than 12 million of Shane Dawson s YouTube subscribers have been waiting for From his first vlog back in 2008 to his full-length film directorial debut Not Cool Shane Dawson has been an open book when it comes to documenting his life But behind the music video spoofs TMI love life details and outrageous commentary on everything the celebrity and Internet world has the nerve to dish out is a guy who grew up in a financially challenged but loving home in Long Beach California and who suffered all the teasing and social limitations that arise when you re a morbidly obese kid with a pretty face your mom is your best friend and you can t get a date to save your life In I Hate Myselfie Shane steps away from his larger-than-life Internet persona and takes us deep into the experiences of an eccentric and introverted kid who by observing the strange world around him developed a talent that would inspire millions of fans Intelligent hilarious heartbreaking and raw I Hate Myselfie is a collection of eighteen personal essays about how messy life can get when you re growing up and how rewarding it can feel when the clean-up is pretty much done
During the course of living mumble mumble years Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom actual wisdom not guaranteed and he is eager to pass it on to the next generation the generation after that and to those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience In brilliant brand-new never-before-published pieces Dave passes on home truths to his new grandson and to his daughter Sophie who will be getting her learner s permit in 2015 So you re about to start driving How exciting I m going to kill myself He explores the hometown of his youth where the grown-ups were supposed to be uptight fifties conformists but seemed to have a lot of un-Mad Men-like fun unlike Dave s own Baby Boomer generation which was supposed to be wild and crazy but somehow turned into neurotic hover-parents He dives into everything from the inanity of cable news and the benefits of Google Glass You will look like a douchebag to the loneliness of high school nerds You will never hear a high school girl say about a boy in a dreamy voice He s so sarcastic from the perils of home repair to firsthand accounts of the soccer craziness of Brazil and the just plain crazy craziness of Vladimir Putin s Russia He stares at the camera with... the expression of a man who relaxes by strangling small furry animals and a lot more besides By the end if you do not feel wiser richer in knowledge more attuned to the universe we wouldn t be at all surprised But you ll have had a lot to laugh about more
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