Category Archives: What If? Rejects

What If? Rejects #12.2: Resonant Frequency

Previous post in this series: Ticks And here it is! The final rejected question from xkcd writer Randall Munroe’s book, What If? It’s been a crazy ride. Q: Assuming a relatively uniform resonant frequency in a passenger jet, how many … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #12.1: Ticks

Previous post in this series: Fire Tornados! Next post in this series: Resonant Frequency Q: What if I swallow a tick that has Lyme disease? Will my stomach acid kill the tick and the borreliosis, or would I get Lyme … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #11.2: Fire Tornadoes!

Previous post in this series: Moving an Island Next post in this series: Ticks Q: Are fire tornadoes possible? Randall’s response: “YES. Fire tornadoes are a real thing that actually happens. Nothing I say could possibly add to this.” My … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #11.1: Moving an Island

Previous post in this series: Turkey Day Next post in this series: Fire Tornadoes! Q: What if everyone in Great Britain went to one of the coasts and started paddling? Could they move the island at all? Randall’s response: “NO.” … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #10.3: Turkey Day

Previous post in this series: Stunt Bike Next post in this series: Moving an Island Q: What if every day, every human had a 1 percent chance of being turned into a turkey, and every turkey had a 1 percent … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #10.2: Stunt Bike

So it turns out some people are actually crazy enough to try this.Previous post in this series: Knife Wounds Next post in this series: Turkey Day Q: If I were on a motorbike and do a jump off a quarter … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #10.1: Knife Wounds

Previous post in this series: Everyone Knows It’s Slinky Next post in this series: Stunt Bike Q: What is the probability that if I am stabbed by a knife in my torso that it won’t hit anything vital and I’ll … Continue reading

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