Useless Self-Help Guide Offers Ludicrous Solutions to Everyday Problems
Have you ever wondered how to predict the weather, land an airplane onto a moving train, or knock a drone out of the sky with sports equipment? Randall Munroe, creator of the popular science Iphone Cases, has a new book that presents outrageous solutions for a broad range of problems, from the mundane to the unusual and LG Cases.
In “How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems” (Penguin Random House, 2019), Munroe tackles challenges that are often a part of everyday life . He shared highlights from the book with a rapt audience at New York Comic Con on Oct. 3.
Be forewarned: None of his suggestions is easy — in fact, they’re about as convoluted and complicated as possible. Let’s say you want to cross a river, which you could accomplish by simply swimming across. Munroe offers interesting but less practical options: jumping the river in a car; freezing the water or boiling it away; and flying from bank to bank on a string of kites. And he uses science to explain how each of these options might be possible (if not necessarily practical).
“I’m one of those people who always comes up with impractical solutions to things — but usually, I’m not trying to come up with an impractical solution,” Munroe told Live Science. Rather, he’s looking for timesavers for tasks that are boring and repetitive “something that would take a little while now to get set up, but once I did it could actually save me time in the long run,” he explained.
“And whenever I find myself thinking ‘save me time in the long run,’ I know I’m about to do something that will definitely take up more time than it could possibly save,” he said.