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Up Goer Five {http://xkcd.com/1133/}

As part of my commitment to disseminating information beyond the walls of academia, I participated in the Up-Goer Five Challenge that was widely publicized by xkcd.

xkcd is worshiped by science lovers everywhere for its often satirical, and always humorous approach to science through stick figure comics. In 2013, xkcd described the Saturn V Moon Rocket (aka the “Up Goer Five”) using the “ten hundred” most commonly used words in the English language.

This inspired Geneticst Theo Sanderson to create The Up-Goer Five Text Editor. It alerts you when you use language not in the word bank (“UH OH! YOU HAVE USED A NON-PERMITTED WORD“). After much trial and error, I was able to distill my Master’s thesis research into the following paragraph:

Cars and many businesses are making the sky hotter. This is causing the water to become hotter and take up small parts of the sky that make the water bad. I want to know if boy and girl water trees can have baby water trees when the water is hotter and badder. And, can baby water trees grow up to be grown-up water trees? Are baby and grown-up water trees able to take up sun light and turn it into food in bad and hot water?