https://xkcd.com/12/https://com/comics/canyon_small.jpg"Canyon""They're standing at the lip of the canyon, which isn't clear at all." This comic beat 32 other comics and was beaten by 38 other comics for a total score of 0.4571.
https://xkcd.com/13/https://com/comics/copyright.jpg"Copyright""After reading Slashdot and Boing Boing, sometimes I have to go outside." This comic beat 31 other comics and was beaten by 35 other comics for a total score of 0.4697.
The book's publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, saw these illustrations as potentially useful for textbooks, and announced in March 2016 that the next editions of their high school-level chemistry, biology and physics textbooks will include selected drawings and accompanying text from Thing Explainer.
https://xkcd.com/26/https://com/comics/hitler.jpg"Hitler""So he's saying that God thought Hitler's art was so bad that the Holocaust was an acceptable alternative.
In 2014, he published a collection of some of the responses, as well as a few new ones and some rejected questions, in a book titled What If?
: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.
After graduating from the Chesterfield County Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill, a Renaissance Program, he graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2006 with a degree in physics. , where he answers questions sent in by fans of his comics.
These questions are usually absurd in nature and related to math or physics, and he answers them using both his own knowledge and various academic sources.