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'''''Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words''''' is a book by [[Randall|Randall Munroe]] where things are explained in the style of [[Up Goer Five]] (which is also included in the book), using only {{w|blueprint}} like drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or ''ten hundred'') most common words in the English language. Randall found his own method to determine which words would go on his list, a list that is revealed in the book. (It can also be found [https://www.xkcd.com/simplewriter/words.js here].)
 
'''''Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words''''' is a book by [[Randall|Randall Munroe]] where things are explained in the style of [[Up Goer Five]] (which is also included in the book), using only {{w|blueprint}} like drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or ''ten hundred'') most common words in the English language. Randall found his own method to determine which words would go on his list, a list that is revealed in the book. (It can also be found [https://www.xkcd.com/simplewriter/words.js here].)
  
The book explores, among other things, computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the things you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you're made of (cells). See a summary below and also the [[#Things in this book by page|entire index from the book]] listing all the 45 different explanations.
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The book will explore, among other things, computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the things you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you're made of (cells). See a summary below and also the [[#Things in this book by page|entire index from the book]] listing all the 45 different explanations.
  
 
''Thing Explainer'' is Randall's second published book, not including xkcd comic books, which he announced on May 13th, 2015 in [http://blog.xkcd.com/2015/05/13/new-book-thing-explainer/ the blag] following the amazing success of his [[what if book|what if? book]] based on the [[what if|what if?]] blog.  
 
''Thing Explainer'' is Randall's second published book, not including xkcd comic books, which he announced on May 13th, 2015 in [http://blog.xkcd.com/2015/05/13/new-book-thing-explainer/ the blag] following the amazing success of his [[what if book|what if? book]] based on the [[what if|what if?]] blog.  

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