What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is engrossing, fun and mindblowing. 🤯 Considering the science geek that I am, I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of Randall Munroe or of XKCD before reading this book. Mr. Munroe, if you’re reading this, this book just earned you a new fan.

Every chapter of the book is highly entertaining and is presented in really simple language despite the evident extensive scientific research by the author behind it. My initial plan was to read this book in short bursts before going to bed or over the toilet seat so that I could sustain a steady dose of daily awesome science trivia for a few weeks. But all of that thinking went down the drain when I snacked through one-third of the book in the first sitting itself. This thing is unputdownable!

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My favourite parts were the sections with Weird (and Worrying) Questions from the What If? Inbox. Some of them like this one sounded like stuff straight out of my Google search history:

“If you saved a whole life’s worth of kissing and used all that suction power on one single kiss, how much suction force would that single kiss have?”

This is an awesome fun book for kids and adults alike, and for anyone with an absurd curiosity towards the world.

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