New York Times: Good Question

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Good Question is a column written by Randall in the Science section of the New York Times, beginning in November 2019. The columns give serious answers to science questions, illustrated in the style of xkcd. Unlike for many of their other regular columnists, the New York Times does not provide a link to the byline "Randall Munroe", but they offer an incomplete list of Good Question articles. The following tables are intended to display every article, including the missing ones.

Note that, unlike xkcd, The New York Times content is protected by copyright. To view its articles, register for a free account and to access a limited number of articles.

Columns written and illustrated by Randall[edit]

Column Headline Byline Date
Good Question How Long Is the Drive to the Edge of the Universe? Randall Munroe September 12, 2022
Good Question Shark or Orca: Which Should You Fear More? Randall Munroe August 15, 2022
Good Question How Many Languages Could a Child Speak? Randall Munroe June 14, 2022
Good Question Where Does a Candle Go When It Burns? Randall Munroe April 26, 2021
Good Question Will My Popcorn Explode? Randall Munroe December 29, 2020
Good Question What Makes Sand Soft? Randall Munroe November 9, 2020
Good Question Can You Stop a Car With Your Hand? Randall Munroe October 6, 2020
Good Question How Hot Is Too Hot? Randall Munroe August 4, 2020
Good Question Could You Make a Snowball of Neutrinos? Randall Munroe July 7, 2020
Good Question Can You Boil an Egg Too Long? Randall Munroe June 9, 2020
Good Question What’s the Sweetest, Crispiest Way to Stay Safe in a Car Crash? Randall Munroe May 11, 2020
Good Question How’s the View From a Spinning Star? Randall Munroe April 7, 2020
Good Question What if Galileo Had Dropped Bobsleds From the Tower of Pisa? Randall Munroe March 10, 2020
Good Question What’s the World’s Worst Smell? Randall Munroe Feb. 17, 2020 / Feb. 26, 2020
Good Question How Fast Can a Human Run? Randall Munroe Jan. 21, 2020 / Feb. 7, 2020
Good Question Is Earth Getting Bigger Over Time? Randall Munroe Dec. 10, 2019
Good Question If I Touched the Moon, What Would It Feel Like? Randall Munroe Nov. 12, 2019
Science What Makes a Red Sky at Night (and at Morning) Randall Munroe Aug. 13, 2019

Columns about Randall[edit]

Column Headline Byline Date
Books Randall Munroe Loves Outdated Views of the Future Nov. 14, 2019
Science Randall Munroe of ‘XKCD’ Explains the Human Body, Elevators and the Saturn 5 (Actual pages from Thing Explainer) March 21, 2016
Science Randall Munroe, XKCD Creator, Goes Back to High School Kenneth Chang March 21, 2016
Books Randall Munroe Explains It All for Us Alexandra Alter Nov. 23, 2015
Science He’s Glad You Asked Kenneth Chang Nov. 3, 2014
Books Tech’s Favorite Cartoonist Enters Mainstream Publishing Noam Cohen March 14, 2014
Link by Link This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix Noam Cohen May 26, 2008