​Why You Can't Mount A Flamethrower To Your Car To Melt Snow On The Road

Those of you stuck in the arctic wasteland that is the East Coast and parts of the Mid-West right now have probably had a few hypothermia-induced fantasies about how to clear out the snow in front of your car. However, that flamethrower rig you've been concocting won't work. Allow XKCD to explain. » 2/20/15 2:33pm 2/20/15 2:33pm

XKCD Finally Answers The Question About How Fast You Can Die At Daytona

Every Monday morning, I wake up, come to work, turn my computer on, and ponder the same question. "Sure, I'd like to enter the Daytona 500, but I'd want to get it over with really quickly because it's Monday and I have Things To Do. How fast could I do it before I die a horrific, debilitating death?" » 10/20/14 12:17pm 10/20/14 12:17pm

Don't Drive 1,000 MPH: Raindrops Will Destroy Your Windshield

Rain hitting your windshield can mean dicey road conditions and traffic snags. According to XKCD's What If, the force of those drops hitting your windshield can also destroy your car's windshield. Lesson learned: don't drive at speeds of Mach 1.5 in a downpour if you want your glass to survive. » 4/26/14 10:00am 4/26/14 10:00am

XKCD Explains: How To Kill Yourself Using Only A Speedbump

The positively delightful webcomic XKCD has a history of presenting deep ideas in a simple manner or, when all else fails, creating mole planets. But this week the site's "What if?" section tackles a particularly thorny automotive question: How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? » 9/08/13 4:09pm 9/08/13 4:09pm

XKCD Tackles Lucas Electrics

It's technically impossible to map a car's worth of Lucas wiring (the smoke canister is never in the same place twice), but that hasn't stopped XKCD from trying. With this attention to detail, it's amazing the British car industry failed. » 4/21/10 12:30pm 4/21/10 12:30pm

Parking With a Gatling Gun

XKCD issue #562 depicts a scene dear to everyone’s heart who has ever witnessed a moron fail egregiously at parking. Let’s advance the idea and move from blowtorches to rotary cannons. » 4/10/09 12:00pm 4/10/09 12:00pm