Category Archives: Reading

Bible Reading Revised

One year ago I started on a plan to read the Bible cover to cover in, well, one year. I wrote my own reading plan to do this because I was dissatisfied with the various other plans I could find. … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #2.2: Tears

Today’s question for What If? Rejects: Q: Is it possible to cry so much you dehydrate yourself? Randall’s response: “…Karl [submitter], is everything OK?” My response: Surprisingly yes…if we’re loose about how we define it. The human body is constantly … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #2.1: Antimatter

It’s time for the third entry in my What If? Rejects series—questions too absurd for Randall to answer scientifically. Today’s question: Q: Would dumping anti-matter into the Chernobyl reactor when it was melting down stop the meltdown? Randall’s response: “A. … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #1.2: Fire

I am working through the questions in Randall Munroe’s book, What If? that Randall declined to answer. My first answer, regarding the effects of extreme temperatures on human teeth, may be found here. Now, here is the second one. Q. … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #1.1: Teeth

Randall Munroe’s bestselling book, What If? answers many absurd hypothetical questions with serious scientific answers. However, there are a number of questions that Randall refuses to answer and prints solely for entertainment value. These are the questions that are too … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week Starts Today

Every year, around the start of the school year in most parts of the United States, the American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week. This effort of librarians, booksellers, publishers, authors, readers, and others raises awareness and works against campaigns … Continue reading

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Children’s Fantasy: Books Versus Movies

It’s a well-known rule in fiction that the book is always better than the movie. However, in my survey of children’s fantasy, I have discovered that this genre is the exception. In many cases, the movie versions of children’s fantasy … Continue reading

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