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XKCD Creator Brings His Impractical Solutions To Kansas City

Can you land an airplane on the deck of a submarine? Can you build a swimming pool out of cheese? Can you lift a house with two helicopters glued together? These are the strange and hypothetical questions that inspire Randall Munroe, whose internet-famous comic series xkcd is known for its stick figure cast and impractical wit. Dig deep enough for answers, and you may just learn a lesson in science.

Randall Munroe will be in conversation with Bill Amend, author of the 'FoxTrot' series, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64112. Go to RainyDayBooks.com for ticketing information.

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Luke X. Martin is an assistant producer for KCUR's Up To Date.