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Droppin' Science Like the Hammer Bros. Drop... Hammers

The Science of the Mushroom Kingdom explains the physiological effects of the Incendia Flos, as well as the addictive qualities of what's known on the streets as "star power."

It's amazing the sort of crazy nonsense you'll totally accept at face value when you're a little kid. Playing Super Mario Bros. when I was eight, I did not flinch at the game's fever-dream logic concerning ambulatory mushrooms or flowers that make you shoot fireballs. This was simply how things worked in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Kotaku reader and Carnegie Mellon student Theyab has taken this line of thinking to its logical conclusion with The Science of the Mushroom Kingdom, which is basically a textbook that treats all of the bizarre rules of the Mushroom Kingdom as though they applied to our world, and explains them in simple, pseudo-scientific terms. It's pretty convincing as a textbook--I particularly like that it's published by McToad-Hill--and it somehow makes the already-crazy Mushroom Kingdom seem even crazier.
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Posted by Ryan
It's amazing the sort of crazy nonsense you'll totally accept at face value when you're a little kid. Playing Super Mario Bros. when I was eight, I did not flinch at the game's fever-dream logic concerning ambulatory mushrooms or flowers that make you shoot fireballs. This was simply how things worked in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Kotaku reader and Carnegie Mellon student Theyab has taken this line of thinking to its logical conclusion with The Science of the Mushroom Kingdom, which is basically a textbook that treats all of the bizarre rules of the Mushroom Kingdom as though they applied to our world, and explains them in simple, pseudo-scientific terms. It's pretty convincing as a textbook--I particularly like that it's published by McToad-Hill--and it somehow makes the already-crazy Mushroom Kingdom seem even crazier.
Edited by Captain_Fookup

Ahah...  great.

Posted by Maxszy

Wow...that's great! Creative!

Posted by damnboyadvance

Ah, the science of gaming. Wonder if this could be done with any other games.

Posted by addictedtopinescent

Awesome 

but I kinda like being an 8 year old in a fever dream better
Still a pretty good idea.
Posted by RHCPfan24

Haha, wow, that is something.

Posted by Death_Burnout

Crazy

Edited by TripMasterMunky

Was this supposed to be an ODB reference or no? Can't tell. "I be droppin' science like girls be droppin' babies, enough to make a nigga go CRAazzz-y!"

On topic, they should totally sell this book.

Posted by METALM1LITIA91

wow I kinda like being an 8 year old kid playing it too

Posted by FlipperDesert

Oh my God that photoshop of the hand is fucking gross. GNAAAAAAAH!

Posted by DrRandle

Written by "Herringway," eh? Nice little Paper Mario reference, there.

This brings to mind an actual book about the physics of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That's all I've got.

Posted by Cerza

lol that's pretty creative.

Posted by MikeFightNight

lol at Chris Farley on The Star page.

Posted by Media_Master

interesting

Posted by TwoOneFive

okay, now we need to the science of MGS. 

Posted by XuShin

wow