How To

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems is a book by Randall Munroe.

Randall explains it this way: "For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try it. This book is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's the world's least useful self-help book."

The book became available on September 3, 2019. However, he began promoting it in the xkcd Header text at the top of the comic on February 2019. Since then, the header has most of the time been a promotion for the book.

A month before the release, he made an entire comic about the book (not a real comic but a temporary one day comic): Disappearing Sunday Update

Three weeks before the release, he made a permanent comic and blag entry about a chapter in the book with 2190: Serena Versus the Drones.

One week before the release, he made another permanent comic and blag entry about a chapter in the book with 2194: How to Send a File.


  • How to Jump Really High
  • How to Throw a Pool Party
  • How to Dig a Hole
  • How to Play the Piano
  • How to Make an Emergency Landing
  • How to Cross a River
  • How to Move
  • How to Keep Your House from Moving
  • How to Build a Lava Moat
  • How to Throw Things
  • How to Play Football
  • How to Predict the Weather
  • How to Play Tag
  • How to Ski
  • How to Mail a Package
  • How to Power Your House (on Earth)
  • How to Power Your House (on Mars)
  • How to Make Friends
  • How to Send a File
  • How to Charge Your Phone
  • How to Take a Selfie
  • How to Catch a Drone
  • How to Tell If You're a Nineties Kid
  • How to Win an Election
  • How to Decorate a Tree
  • How to Get Somewhere Fast
  • How to Be On Time
  • How to Dispose of This Book


These only have a short comic strip instead of a detailed explanation.

  • How to Listen to Music
  • How to Chase a Tornado
  • How to Go Places
  • How to Blow out Birthday Candles
  • How to Walk a Dog
  • How to Build a Highway
  • How to Change a Light Bulb