“What if” you posted absurd hypothetical questions on social media?

What if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe is released today, and I think this type of book begs to be shared through “teasing” posts on social media.

Not only are you mentioning a book, but you’re also encouraging social engagement.

In my mind, sample post would look like this:

In his new book, What if?, Randall Munroe gives a serious scientific answer to this absurd hypothetical question:

Q: If two immortal people were place on opposite sides of an uninhabited Earth-like  planet, how long would it take them to find each other?

We have Munroe’s answer. But what do you think?

Other “play along” questions include…

Q: Which US state is actually flown over the most?

Q: How much physical space does the internet take up?

Q: If you suddenly began rising steadily at 1 foot per second, how exactly would you die? Would you freeze or suffocate first? Or something else?

(I included that last one because I grew up worrying about the loss of gravity. And sometimes still do.)

Munroe’s answers are a little too in-depth to include in a post or landing page, but you could create a “find this answer and more” page with a buy button. Or if you want to focus on social engagement, be sure to “like” or “favorite” all comments to your post.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay