XKCD's Randall Munroe Is Publishing A Book Inspired by 'Up-Goer-Five'

In his comic “Up Goer Five,” Randall Munroe labels a blueprint of NASA’s Saturn V Rocket using only the 1,000 most common English words. Today, Munroe announced he’s giving the Up-Goer-Five treatment to a range of interesting objects—like the Mars Curiosity Rover—in a new book called Thing Explainer. »5/14/15 11:20am5/14/15 11:20am

Why it took forever to allow public input on naming planets

Last week, the International Astronomical Union – the sanctioning body that oversees the naming of planets, among other thingsreversed its official stance on 1) whether to bother naming extrasolar planets and 2) whether the public should be included in the naming process. XKCD's take on the announcement is easily… »8/19/13 2:36pm8/19/13 2:36pm

Behold xkcd's massive infographic comparing the depths of Earth's lakes and oceans

Presumably prompted by James Cameron's journey to the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe has plotted out the varying depths of Earth's bodies of water to scale. You can see the full version of this map by clicking the lower-right corner of the above image or clicking here. »4/09/12 3:45pm4/09/12 3:45pm