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TourismHi, I cycled around the world! 36000 miles and 6 years on the road... Ask me anything!

Oct 16th 2016 by CyclingTheGlobe • 6 Questions • 4487 Points

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites which bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year.

One of the sites we look after is Battle Abbey in East Sussex, built by William the Conqueror on the site of his most famous victory as a penance. This year, we’ve been remembering 1066 in many different ways; by marching over 300 miles, rebuilding Norman castles in Minecraft and even tweeting the entire events of the year from eight different fictional Twitter accounts. This weekend, we'll be re-enacting the Battle of Hastings with the help of 1,066 Saxon and Norman re-enactors.

1066 is arguably the most important year in English history but there are many myths and misconceptions about it. We’re here today with Properties Curator Samantha Stones to answer any questions you might have.

Verification: https://twitter.com/EnglishHeritage/status/781825447231455232

EDIT: 17:00 BST (12:00 EST) Thank you for your questions. We need to shoot off now but do keep them coming in and we’ll try to answer them all when we get back into wifi range!

EDIT 2: It turns out travelling on a train through the English countryside isn't the best way to get a secure 4G signal! Thanks for your patience!

EDIT 3: We’re going to sign off now Reddit. Thanks for taking part – we’ve always wanted to hold our own AMA. If you have any additional questions or if there’s anything we didn’t see thanks to our patchy wifi, we’re always happy to talk on Twitter at @EnglishHeritage.

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Did people start to follow you like they followed Forrest Gump?

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What's the story behind the band? I've always wondered where you met them and what their initial reaction to the show was and if it took a while to find old people who are willing to let you beat them up for the sake of television


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The cost of Universities, and law schools in particular, seems to reflect the availability for student loans more than it does the market for jobs. One of the consequences of making loans more widely available is the steady increase in the cost of education to match the maximum amount students can receive in loans.

The bankruptcy courts are extremely hostile to bankrupting out of student loans and student loans account for an absurd amount of debt in the United States.

Do you think we should change the bankruptcy code to allow more students to bankrupt out of debt?

What do you think of the idea of shifting the burden of those bankrupted loans back to the institutions that granted them? For law schools in particular, it seems like it would correct to the market for available legal jobs, for example.

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First of all, you are a god, quizlet got me all the way through high school and now in college. (I'm actually using it right now) Do you have any plans (like new study methods) coming up for quizlet?


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Whats is one really interesting fact about the infamous battle that not enough people know?

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Haha, I did sit down on the "Forrest Gump bench" in Savannah, GA and told people who passed by some stories from life on the road :-) http://www.cyclingtheglobe.com/2015/08/day-1752-savannah-yemassee-into-the-woods/


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we shoot a lot of their stuff independently so they don't know what's going on. we try to keep them completely in the dark.

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On the first issue-- the relationship between tuition and loans-- please see my response here (https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/57ad3f/im_a_leading_higher_education_expert_obamas/d8qi1pi)

On the second issue, the bankruptcy protections, this all has to do with how to distribute the risk involved in making these loans. It's hard to do. Imagine if the federal government went into the red trying to make the loans? It would be attacked, the loans ended, and vulnerable people wouldn't be able to pay for college. I favor changes to the bankruptcy code for students demonstrably wronged by the system ,but also recognize how hard this would be to operationalize.


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We've got lots of big plans. Since you asked about new study methods, we're working on a totally new way of studying on Quizlet that we're beta-testing right now. It's going to be much more intelligent about what it thinks you know, and also much better at gradually introducing material and getting harder as you go.

You can sign up for the beta here: https://quizlet.com/blog/790

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We’re back in wifi range for now!

People may not be aware that William started to put his hauberk (body armour) on backwards before the battle started! Perhaps the nerves were getting to him. That must have made the Saxons laugh.

Another fun story is that of Taillefer. He was a jester type figure who allegedly drew first blood in the battle. He stood in front of both armies alone, singing songs mocking the Saxons. A single Saxon warrior couldn’t take this and challenged Taillefer to one-on-one combat. Taillefer accepted and – perhaps surprisingly – won. The Normans cheered in appreciation and Taillefer, perhaps caught up in the moment, ran towards the Saxon line alone and… well, you can guess the rest.

You might think the Normans would be bothered by such an unnecessary death. On the contrary, it seems like they found the whole thing quite hilarious, and entered battle themselves feeling quite amused.

This story may well be fiction, but we like to think it’s true!


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How were you able to carry enough supplies while cycleing through the ocean?

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Do you think you'll eventually run out of unexpecting guests?


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Can you edit to link to your "response above"? It is no longer obvious which consent you're referring to.

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What are some insider tips for using Quizlet to its fullest extent possible to aid in studying? Any quizlet secrets to share?


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In the re-enactment, will Harold be killed by an arrow to the eye?

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hehe, I did take flights between the continents :-)


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Ah, good ask- I'm new to Reddit-- figuring this out and doing it now!


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Let's see!

If you don't get a single answer wrong on Spell mode, you get a special surprise.

A few useful power features:

  1. Use stars to filter just the terms you need to study the most. At the end of a learn mode session, you can star all the terms you've missed the most.

  2. If you are studying for a final or a midterm, you can use the Combine feature from the set page to combine multiple sets. You can also make a folder, and study all of the sets in a folder together.

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We did expect that question… No, no one dies at our re-enactment! Truth be told, no one knows for sure how Harold died. The arrow featured on the Bayeux Tapestry may have been added in the 19th century – there are a lot of conflicting accounts of Harold’s final moments in primary sources.

What we can be sure about is that Harold was terribly mutilated – it wasn’t a clean death. Supposedly, his body was only identified by his mistress Edith the Fair, by a mark that only a lover would know. There’s also evidence to suggest that William himself might have led the final charge on Harold’s position. If William was directly responsible for Harold’s death and mutilation, this would not paint him as a pious ruler. Perhaps the “arrow in the eye” was a story put about by William’s “PR men” to absolve him of the blame?


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How did you finance it? This sounds amazing.

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Was Haley Joel Osment as freaked out as he looked?


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What is going to be the incentive for schools to keep costs down? If the government keeps paying whatever schools ask, what's to stop a large rise in costs over time? This is already an issue and nobody is acknowledging it.

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As I've created sets, I've discovered hidden Quizlet formatting tricks:

  • Use (parentheses) with parts of terms in the English language to not force it to be typed in Learn, Speller, Test, and Space Race but to include extra information -- e.g. photosynthesis (process for plants), only type photosynthesis in Space Race to make earning points more efficient and assess only what's important.
  • Use * one asterisk * with a term or definition to make it bold. This is useful in longer definitions.
  • For custom images (Plus/Teacher only), download an image, and put a question mark on the term if mentioned so it's easier to understand what part of the image you're referring to.
  • Use the description, especially if you want to tell the user "best if studied from definition to term" or give a link to extra resources, image credits, etc.

Organization strategies:

  • Include the textbook name, edition, and author on your set/folder if known so people who aren't in your class at school can study similarly-formatted material.
  • Use Google Docs or similar to document important set notes if you have a lot to say in the description.
  • Don't use the term in the definition as best as you can. Use a _____ (blank) or hint to the term in some way.
  • Make your definitions succinct (i.e. not too wordy, in your own words) so they don't require too much understanding of the wording, and more understanding of the material.

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Who is your favorite person in the battle or the lead up to it?

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Hi there! When I left I had saved up enough money for one year of travelling (my daily budget is 20$). After the first year I worked on a cattle station in Australia to be able to continue. Finally I have done some freelance programming work while on the road.


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Actually, this is entirely acknowledged. The current system does almost nothing to control costs. See my proposal for cost control in here: http://wihopelab.com/publications/Redefining_College_Affordability.pdf


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I forgot about some of these! Better tips than mine :)

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Matilda of Flanders is pretty interesting. She was William’s wife and a very powerful, rich woman in her own right. William married her for political reasons, like many people at the time, but they would appear to have had quite a happy marriage.

She was so influential that William left her in charge of Normandy during his invasion of England. Not many women in the 11th century would have enjoyed such independence.

We blogged about some other powerful women in the 1066 story here: http://blog.english-heritage.org.uk/1066-women-behind-game-thrones/


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What was your low point, financially? Did you look for work when you were under 500 euros or something? Did you push your limits in that way or just have it all planned out in advance?

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Eric

Why has 311 not been on the program yet? Are you a 311 denier?


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Hi. I am Navajo and had some specific questions about the reservation.

On the rez, people tend to be sorted into people going to college and those who are not. Those that are, areally bombarded by the multitude of scholarship's and programs available to natives, and are generally mentored through high school to college.

Another aspect of the rez is the lack of community colleges and trade schools. While dine college and San Juan college have increased the education they offer, many native students still have to travel hundreds of miles, increasing the cost of housing and living for those students.

Is there a good way to increase secondary education on the rez, specifically for community colleges and trade schools?

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Are sound flashcards at all in Quizlet's future? I have been using Quizlet in med school and being able to make flash cards for heart sounds would be helpful.


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What do you think are the most important questions historians need to ask and answer when it comes to the Norman Conquest?

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When I got to Australia after a year I literally had 20$ left in my wallet. Luckily it was easy to find work in Australia. Later on my trip I made sure I had enough money to cover the next continent with some margin.


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wait for the final episode Friday

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Tribal colleges are often two year schools. I would not recommend generalizing beyond the Navajo to make assertions about other tribes. The College of Menominee Nation is a terrific two-year school. You might also be interested in the discussion of the Oneida student in PAYING THE PRICE.


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Hmm! We do allow audio recording via Quizlet Plus. Would that work? Or would you like to upload files? Or would you like it if you just got the content directly from the publisher?

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It’s accepted that the impact of the Norman Conquest was significant, but historians are continually debating whether that significance is in hindsight and whether any notable change was felt at the time. We know certain things changed immediately, such as the replacement of the Anglo-Saxon elite with Normans (in the Domesday Book of 1086, there are 500 ‘top’ names, only 13 are English). Perhaps what historians should be asking now is just how much changed for the common man of England. The Normans (over generations) ended the slave-trade , for example , which would have benefited such people massively.


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Don't you need work visa for that? And that takes a while.

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Most of the time I notice the guests are totally surprised, but do you ever have guests on who know what the show's about so they try to fuck with you?


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1) Prof. Doug Weber argued recently (source) that almost all of the rise in college tuition costs is attributable to the defunding of universities by state governments. Do you agree that this is the main cause of rising tuition costs? Is is really plausible to think that we can bend the curve on college costs unless we make up this shortfall?

2) My experience teaching at university has left me really concerned that the defense of rising tuition costs as an investment in human capital changes the relationship of students to university. As Sefan Collini has argued in the London Reviw of Books on numerous occasions (source), in the British context it changes university to a commodity that students purchase that should reflect their (present) interests and desires, rather than a precious opportunity to expand their horizons. Do you expect that your proposed changes will do anything to alter this new dynamic between students and education?

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Yes, how do you address rumors that you're actually an X-Man and created Quizlet to recruit people to your school for gifted youngsters?


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Apologies if this question is a little too broad, but what kind of educational background do people who work in your properties have?

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I had a working holiday visa - permission to work and travel in Australia for a year


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yes but then we go hard and i'll attempt to take a shit on the desk.

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  1. Yes, my colleague Doug Webber at Temple is exactly right for the public sector, where most people attend college.
  2. I agree completely with your assessment and discuss it at length in PAYING THE PRICE.

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Very good question! People who work at our properties have a broad background; we’re an inclusive employer and with 400 properties across the country, we have quite a diverse workforce! If you’re interested in working for us, visit our website! http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about-us/our-people/


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I'm curious. When you realized you only had twenty dollars to your name, did you panic a little?

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What is the temperature on your set? Every guest looks uncomfortably warm.


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What are your thoughts around the tuition differences between community colleges in the U.S.?

What advice would you give a student who has been taking on debt to obtain an education and now has to choose to take on more debt to obtain a PhD or walk away with a master's degree?

Thinking about the outcome you want the most, what would our educational system look like, Sara?

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Hello Andrew, on behalf of me and all of my friends, thank you for creating the site that got me through high school, and into my dream school. Quizlet always comes in clutch and you sir, are a legend. One question for you: what do you feel are some flaws to a service like quizlet? Do you feel that the site, while very useful, allows students to take "shortcuts" in their reading material? Would be amazing to hear back :)


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How do you arm and provision your re-enactors? Do they bring their own kit?

What are you camera set ups?

Is a documentary or docudrama the final product of this? Where and when will you release it?

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I was getting worried and though I would have to end the trip and go back home... but then I luckily found work in Australia.


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very hot. we shoot in the valley with no AC on.

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  1. Tuition differences between community colleges are minimal within state, and lie mainly between states due to different levels of state funding.
  2. Generally, I would not pursue a PhD at my own expense these days.
  3. The system would have a high-quality public option for education at all levels, p-20.

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Some flaws in Quizlet today: It's very limited by the types of content you can create. It's really best for learning vocabulary with terms and definitions. If Quizlet had a more flexible model with other types of content (images, diagrams, videos, maps, rich text formatting, etc) it would be useful for a much broader range of subjects.

In terms of students taking shortcuts -- yes, I think a lot about that. My hope is that over time Quizlet itself can be a place where you can learn in richer ways. It would be really great if Quizlet helped you more deeply understand the stuff you're learning by seeing it in context (e.g. in a paragraph or in a video), and also helped you apply what you're learning (e.g. making your own video).

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All of the re-enactors take part voluntarily. Re-enacting is a big commitment and those who take part at our events do so as part of larger re-enacting groups who have different criteria. For many it is certainly a lifestyle.

Usually it's up to the individual to supply their own weapons and armour.

We are not making a documentary of this event but there will be a lot of media there recording it, so keep an eye out!


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How did you deal with money when cycling through remote or undeveloped places, like African villages or such? Did you just carry wads of cash? Or a credit card and hoped that you'll find an ATM somewhere?

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Are you DTF with Hannibal Burress?


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There are some misguided/misinformed people in this thread downvoting you. I would like to personally thank you for being a strong voice in this conversation. Whether I agree with your proposals or not, I think it is incredibly important to not only acknowledge this problem, but offer solutions. There are many loud voices in this debate, but few offer such concrete plans.

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Does it ever worry you that huge companies like Google would ever decide to directly compete with you? For example before Google Classroom, there was a company that had a similar classroom setup per student known as MyBigCampus. Google decided that they were interested in taking part of that business and now MyBigCampus can't compete so they just stopped. Clearly this comes to every developers mind of coming up with a concept and other more well resourced company stepping in, only to take your concept based on your rate of profit. You must have some really good VC funding.


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I usually took out 200 - 300$ from an ATM machine which would last 10 - 15 days. ATM machines can be found even in the smaller towns of Africa, but obviously not in villages...

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he wishes


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Thank you.

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To be honest, part of the reason we raised money a year ago was that we wanted to move the business and the product along much faster so that we would be much stronger before serious competition came at us.


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Cool, so it was just a normal credit card? Did you have a backup plan in case it got damaged/lost/stolen?

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How many Hannibal 9000s do you currently have?


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Hello.
I would be very interested to see the studies for your point (1). My evidence is anecdotal, but my state college's tuition increased about 30% since 2010.

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Hi Andrew, when can we get a feature allowing Plus members to add pictures to the "term" side of a card? Sometimes having to put the picture on the definition side messes with my feng shui.


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Yes, just a normal Visa card. I also had a few houndred dollars hidden in my cycling bags. Another backup plan was to have people from home sending me emergency cash through Western Union - those offices are all over the world. Luckily I never needed it.

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9000


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The fact that your state's public institutions have raised tuition is real-- but not caused by loans, rather by the withdrawal of state funding, which had been offsetting tuition. I explain all of this in clear terms in the first few chapters of PAYING THE PRICE, in case you're interested.

A good overview of the relevant studies:

https://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/education/news/2016/07/27/141922/federal-aid-does-not-increase-public-college-tuition/

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Hey -- thanks for the request. It's a great question and we hear this one fairly often.

The reason it's not trivial is that many of our study modes require there to be a way to type in some text. If we allowed images on both sides it would be possible to not have anything to type.

But that's mainly an excuse...there are definitely ways to work around that by changing how we ask questions.

In the shiny future, I'd like Quizlet to have a much more flexible content model with unlimited sides for terms and the ability to attach as many pictures/videos/audio clips as you want.


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My ass hurts if I ride a bike for too long. How did you overcome the soreness?

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Will you send me some ranch in the mail?


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How will free college change the value of a degree that was paid for by the student?

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What is your legit highscore in quizlet match? Mine is 4.2 This is the best app at my school that we can use like a game but we're not considered gaming. Thanks


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Hehe, I started with shorter distances and slowly increased the daily milage... After two months I didn't have more problems :-)

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yes


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Request for clarification -- do you mean the economic value or the social value, or both?

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My legit best score was 6.6 seconds which I got in 2013!


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Can you tell us how you met your girlfriend while on this trip? Sounds like a really cool trip, by the way. Congrats on the incredible journey.

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Did you ever reapply for the job at Fruit Loops?


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Could you start by providing qualitative studies on economic ROI for time invested? Using an HVAC specialist as an example: If our universe diverged and one universe offered a free two year degree in HVAC design while the other universe did not what differences in quality of life would a student see? Would we expect to see salaries change as a result? Would the decrease in education cost increase the pool of skilled labor and devalue the skill?

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Why didn't you just make flash cards instead of making a giant website?


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I was taking a 2 months break in Cali, Colombia where I got to know a beautiful Dutch girl who also liked to ride her bike :-) Later we cycled together through Morocco and Spain... Thanks for the nice comment :-)

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why bother


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The primary returns to education are not strictly economic, they are social. More educated people tend to be more steadily employed with more stable lives, helping communities grow, enjoying better health, etc. Would the economic returns dip for individuals in saturated fields? Yes. Would that mean they experienced no return to their degree? No.

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Flashcards weren't very useful to me, because they don't really check if you know something. You just have to ask yourself if you know it, and be honest with yourself.

The first feature of Quizlet was "learn mode," which is pretty similar to today's Learn feature. I wanted it to force me to reproduce the answer, and only give me credit if I could write it out correctly. I found that that gave me much more confidence in remembering things than simply saying them in my head.

So, having a computer program check my understanding was a way more efficient study method for me than flashcards.


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What was the best downhill section/worst climb?

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Were there any guests on your show you expected would get up and leave due to your shenanigans, but ended up staying?


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Is there a student loan crisis going on?

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What was the most unexpected consequence of Quizlet that you've noticed?


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The longest climb was in Peru from sea level and straight up to 4100 meters / 13000 feet over 50 miles. That was a long one!! http://www.cyclingtheglobe.com/2014/11/day-1511-raquia-catac-into-the-sky/

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a lot of them stay which is weird. why would you stay. it's a fucking nightmare in there


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In short, yes. While I don't think it's the crisis that most people are talking about, I disagree with the wonks who say "there's no crisis here, most people are fine." Here's why:

Millions of people report major concerns with student loans. Either they've all been fooled, are terribly poor at assessing their own situations, or they are on to something. I love numbers as much as anyone, but the administrative data being used to assess the existence of a crisis is extremely limited. It's mainly about effects on consumption (who buys a home, etc) and life transitions (getting married). But that's hardly where I'd expect the crisis to exhibit its effects. The crisis is that the risk of attending college has been elevated to the point that people today are attaining less than they should-- and that tomorrow, many of today's students will become parents who discourage their children from attending college. That's the longer-term implication of college unaffordability today, and student loans are an indicator-- a symptom.

In social science-- including economics-- we don't know about what we don't measure. It's awfully presumptuous therefore to conclude that there's no evidence of a crisis by examining a very small number of outcomes.

That said, I'm way more concerned about people with debt and no degree, who often have relatively little debt but it's big to them-- than I am with people who have multiple degrees and tons of debt. Public policy ought to prioritize forgiving the loans of Pell Grant recipients for whom debt is extremely risky-- they were never supposed to have to take loans in the first place-- and focus far less on lowering interest rates. Lowering interest rates won't improve educational attainment or change the effects of the loan for people with lower balance yet also low incomes.

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I never anticipated the full range of uses Quizlet would have. I started it for my French class and wasn't thinking much beyond that. Today there are NFL players using it to learn their routes, Whole Foods checkout people using it to learn vegetable codes, sailors using it to learn nautical terms, etc.


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how many kilometres did you ride per day in the later stages of your 'trip'? how much did you improve in terms of being able to make distance?

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Can I intern for your show? I'm a good fluffer.


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Who's going to pay for the first two years?

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A more difficult question:

I'm sure you are aware that many many users are using your service to cheat on not only homework and quizzes, but actual exams as well. Is Quizlet actively looking for ways to deter this use of service or do you prefer to take a laissez-faire approach and let your consumers do as they wish?

Have you been approached by any universities or textbook publishers that are unhappy about the inclusion of free copyrighted materials on your website? Any significant legal issues?


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I would usually im for 60 miles/100 km a day. That was pretty stable through all six years (I already did quite a bit of cycling before I started this trip).

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you're hired


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I've written about a plan that simply reallocates existing dollars from private institutions to public ones. That's meant to demonstrate that there are options-- raising taxes is but one possibility. For more see: http://wihopelab.com/publications/Redefining_College_Affordability.pdf

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Thanks for the good question.

It's very, very important for me, and everyone on the team, that Quizlet be a force for positive change in education. And that means fighting cheating on the service as much as we can. Cheating on Quizlet is a very small minority of our usage, but people definitely do it and it is a problem. Most of our users are using Quizlet as intended -- as a studying and learning tool. We have millions of teachers who love Quizlet because it helps their students with its intended goals.

As an open content platform, it's difficult for us to tell when someone uploads content whether it will be used for cheating. That said, we've built some models for what we think cheating content looks like, and we actively remove the content either completely or remove it from both google search and our search. We also have ways for our users to report content. We have also explored working with publishers to preemptively block all their test-bank material. Our data shows that our work on this has had a significant impact in reducing cheating-related content usage.

In the short-term, removing probable cheating content hurts some of our business numbers, but in the long-term it's very important to our business and our brand that we distance ourselves as much as possible from that (unfortunate) use case.


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i'm just reading your blog, day by day from day 1. it's amazing. truly inspring and incredible work, you did there; documenting every fucking day this detailed!!! thank you so much!!

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What was up with the Eric Andre Show theme on Atlanta last night? Any chance you're going to make a cameo on the show at some point?


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Where do these per year cost numbers come from? I'm currently in community college. My tuition and books for this semester, 5 classes, was roughly $2000(covered by pell grant). What is the remaining $5000 expense for?

Will making community college free equate to an associate degree becoming the new high school diploma? (If majority of people have it, then it's value is considerably diminished)

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Hey, I'm in the UK and I use Quizlet pretty often to learn anatomy... I don't really have a burning question but just wanted to say thanks. Since I have to ask a question to post here... do what do you actually do when the app is all set up- I don't really know about business so do you still do the actual app development or is it all admin?


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Thanks a lot - I'm glad you like the blog! It takes a bit of time and effort to document every day, but now afterwards, I'm glad I did it. Happy reading - there is a quite a few pages to catch up on :-)

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would love to.


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The cost of college, by federal definition and students' lived experiences, includes the following: tuition, fees, books and supplies, transportation, medical costs, housing, food, and other necessities like clothing. If you'd like to see how community college prices vary across the country and why averages are dangerous, please see. http://wihopelab.com/publications/Wisconsin_HOPE_Lab_Policy_Brief%2016-01_Is_Community_College_Already_Free.pdf

As for the other question, I addressed it above.

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Glad it's helpful!

I don't do much coding anymore, though it is really fun when I get a chance to.

My time is roughly:

  • 40% recruiting and interviewing people to work at Quizlet (we're hiring! https://quizlet.com/jobs). I've interviewed well over 1,000 people at this point. It's really fun to meet a lot of people but it also does get tiring.
  • 25% 1-1 checkins with engineers and other people I work with. I find it's really important to talk with people on the team to learn what we could be doing better and help them solve problems they're working on.
  • 25% product reviews, design reviews, engineering reviews, planning, etc. We have about 10 different teams working in parallel on lots of different stuff at any given time, so there's lots to talk about.
  • 10% responding to emails and doing code reviews.

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That results in about 580 cycling days which is about every fourth day in 6 years. Did you make larger blocks of stops and then continued for a few days?

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First question: Howie Doin?


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From a survey I recently received:

If you had $100,000, how would you use that to address basic needs of your students? (Choose your top 3) Full-time staff member Emergency fund /grants program Purchase Meal or housing vouchers Fund/establish a food pantry/cupboard on or around campus Fund scholarships Develop an Request for Proposal for campus community to further support efforts addressing students basic needs Fund research for students, faculty or staff Fund a new program (provide details in "Other") Other:

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Do you hire graduating high schoolers? I've been interested in a Quizlet internship for a long time now and am looking to get a position there in the coming summer.


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Yes, I did take quite a few breaks for a month or two here and there. I also stayed in Australia for a year and a half to work, which is included in the six years.

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I'm a big Howie Fandel.


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Depending on sense of the number of students needing support (not knowing the college here is hard) I would focus on hiring a full-time MSW to do case management, train them to assess students for benefits access (e.g. SNAP, housing, etc), give them a small budget for emergency aid, and work with the community to setup a food pantry.

A:

Unfortunately not right now! We're mainly looking for people with more experience right now.

That said, in the past we've had some great success with high school interns (apart from me, of course :)). In fact, the first version of our iOS app was built entirely by a high school intern, and was very successful.


Q:

Hi Thomas,

  1. Which country lived up to the expectations?

  2. Which one didn't?

  3. Worst day of the trip?

  4. Best day?

  5. What will you be doing now?

  6. Do you see yourself doing something like this again and if so, where do you want to ride next?

Thanks from a long time fan of your blog!

A:

How the fuck do you get people to come on your show?


Q:

What is your opinion of the Governemnt guaranteeing student loans?

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Hi there! Thanks for the nice questions! Glad you have enjoyed the blog. 1. In genereal I didn't have many expectations before arriving in a new country. I tried to keep my heart open :-) In South America the people I met all seemed to love Colombia. Once I got there I saw why - the people I just so friendly and open. 2. Ethiopia is difficult by bike... Kids will pick up rocks from the ground and throw them after you. 3. The worst day was when my bike got hit by a big truck in Namibia. Luckily I managed to jump away. 4. The day I met my now girlfriend ;-) 5. I'm resting my legs, and planning to write a book about the adventure! 6. I would love to do more adventures, but the next one will not take 6 years to complete. Would love to go back to cycle in the Andes mountains or the Himalayas. There is also places I missed on the trip, like China, that I would love to explore. Best wishes from Copenhagen.

A:

We have a few tricks that I can't reveal until the show comes to an end. then i'll tell all.


Q:

It's preferable to paying private banks to do it. Cutting out the middleman saved taxpayers a fortune.

A:

not for now :(


Q:

How did you meet your girlfriend on the trip?

A:

You've mentioned in previous interviews that you've had sex with two of the guests on your show. You said anything, so who were the two? Was Stacey Dash one of them?


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As someone who is a dependent but their parents make a combined $150,000 so I'm not eligible for subsidized loans, but I still pay for my own school, are there going to be any changes for taxes in loans for people in my situation?

I get taxed 9% on $5k a year loans, and because it's unsubsidized and I make minimum wage I get taxed faster than I can earn. They even send me an email with it rising every time "Your loans increase at $1.64 a day!"

A:

Hi Andrew, we worked together at Freewebs, congratulations on your success. Did you gain any valuable experience during your time there?


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We first met when I was having a two month break in Cali, Colombia. She also likes to cycle, so we met up later in Morocco and cycled through Spain together :-)

A:

It was Hannibal and Russell Brand


Q:

I think your situation-- too "rich" to get aid, too "poor" to afford college-- is exactly why offering you free tuition at public colleges and universities is a good idea. You'll have to borrow, but much less, and you will be more likely to graduate.

A:

thanks -- and yes I did! I believe that was back in 2006. I got a lot out of it (my first summer internship). It was my first time working on a team as a software engineer so that was really eye-opening and useful to me!


Q:

You mentioned a pretty tight daily budget of $20. Was your diet fairly regimented because of that? What did you typically eat?

A:

Have you ever considered having the miniatures of yourself and the guest run an entire episode?


Q:

What college president is the most overrated? Who do you respect on commitment to these issues, - and who is a total joke?

A:

Hi there! Congrats on the success of the site. As a paying Teacher member, I thank you for the robust and continuously growing platform.

Are you planning on rolling out more interactive games a la Quizlet Live? I'd love more game modes to use in class.


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Yes, I had to think about the budget limitations, so no fancy restaurant meals. In Europe/Australia/US I got most of my food from super markets, and in Asia/South America/Africa you can get big meals in road side restaurants for 2 or 3$. This is an example of what I would be eating during a day: http://www.cyclingtheglobe.com/2014/12/day-1525-sullana-mancora-what-does-a-cyclist-eat-during-a-day/

A:

that would be ill


Q:

Here are some presidents I think very highly of:

  1. Eduardo Padron of Miami Dade College and Pam Eddinger of Bunker Hill Community College for their commitment to providing services beyond financial aid to all students who need them.

  2. King Alexander, Louisiana State University, for his willingness to speak and act boldly about both the federal and state changes needed to make college affordable. He once said that he wouldn't argue for an increase in the Pell until we "shut the back door"-- meaning stopping states from cutting appropriations in response.

  3. Daniel Porterfield, President of Franklin and Marshall College, for being the only private college president I know of who says that priority #1 on an affordability agenda ought to be making public higher education free. Now that's a selfless individual!

  4. Michael Sorrell of Paul Quinn College, who dug up his college's football field and replaced it with a garden.

  5. Nancy Cantor of Rutgers University, who has raised sharp and essential questions about what counts as "merit."

On the other hand, I am on record with serious concerns about Biddy Martin, President of Amherst College. I got to know her well during her tenure as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and observed a sizable disconnect between her professed commitments to first generation and low-income students and her actions (engaging in a failed high-tuition/high aid policy, recruiting international students, praising students for raising their own tuition, etc). First-generation student enrollment has fallen steadily at Madison since she started there. Clearly, being a first-generation student yourself hardly makes you an expert on how best to serve those students. I was entirely unsurprised when she bailed on UW-Madison after a very short tenure, and went off to wealthy Amherst. I'm not impressed by her efforts there-- it is not difficult to achieve a high percentage of low-income students on campus when you are tiny to begin with and have an extraordinarily large endowment. Sure, it's nice that she's "willing" to allow them on campus - while many of her peers do not-- but I do not believe that deserves accolades or million dollar prizes.

The college president to watch? Michael Schill at the University of Oregon. He's among the most ambitious leaders I know who really understands what it takes to make college affordable, and he genuinely respects the faculty role in that process. I can't wait to see what he does there.

A:

Yes! I definitely see Quizlet Live as a good start, but we need to build out a bunch more games for the classroom in the future.

And thanks for paying! :)


Q:

Were you disheartened when you began your journey and found out that the world is not as flat as Denmark and that the trek would be arduous?

Kidding! Bra jobbat som fan. :)

A:

What was the best interview you think you have done?


Q:

Do you know about the "fees must fall" protests currently happening in South Africa? If so, do you have any advice on how to resolve the situation, or an opinion on the matter?

A:

Who has the highest score in Pokemon Go out of all Quizlet employees?


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hehe, on the other hand weather is better further down south, and I love climbing in the mountains :-) Tak så mycka :-)

A:

Alex Jones


Q:

I'm extremely interested in this movement and it's one of my goals to learn more about it. I'm insufficiently informed to have an opinion yet.

A:

Just asked around and we have several people at level 27 but I'm at level 28...

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/xyyU3

Go mystic!


Q:

Did you have any issues with customs?

A:

How did you and Hannibal get together? You two have great on screen chemistry. Love the show btw, thanks for all the work you do to put out great content.


Q:

I am a senior at a four year public institution a (20k plus students) and have a "full academic scharship" plus another leadership scholarship. I used to be able to go to college for free but the past two semesters I've had to pay 2.5k in tuition. My question is, with rising tuition cost (on a yearly bases) why aren't scholarships being adjusted? To put it in better perspective the way they increase tuition without "increasing tuition" are course fees. While I'm in more specialized senior level classes there shouldn't be all these hidden course fees.
Thank you for the AMA. I mean this question in a respectful manner.

A:

What's your favorite part about your day?


Q:

It once took me 7 hours to cross the border between Ukraine and Romania... furthermore it was not possible to walk to cycle across the border, so I had to catch a ride with a smuggler. It all worked out OK in the end though. Most border crossing are rather straight forward...

A:

thank you so much. Hannibal and I started doing comedy around the same time in NYC.


Q:

You're not alone! Many students find that their price of college rises as they move through school, and they are caught off-guard. There are tons of hidden fees, too. I wrote this piece on the Real Price of College that might interest you. https://tcf.org/content/report/the-real-price-of-college/

A:

I don't do this every day, but my absolute favorite part of the whole job is going on class visits to nearby schools and talking to students and teachers.

We do visits at every type of school (public schools, private schools, charter schools, art schools, ESL schools, etc). It's incredibly rewarding to walk into a classroom with a Quizlet shirt on and see the excitement of all the students. It's also super valuable to do product research by talking to people in context instead of just coming up with new ideas from a conference room at our office.


Q:

Are drivers crazier in particular places, or are they just as crazy everywhere you've been?

A:

Your show has had some references to Twin Peaks and Holy Mountain. Are you a fan of Lynch and Jodorowsky? Why aren't you in the next season of Twin Peaks?


Q:

I am an administrator at a state university. I graduated in May 2015 and was lucky enough to start a career with the University I attended. I myself have $27k in federal student loans that I am trying to pay off in a timely manner.

I knew when taking this position that, should the higher ed "bubble" pop or should reform come, I may be out of a job. If reform comes, what kind of changes are we university administrators looking at? What departments could be getting the axe? What kind of reductions in staff can we expect?

A:

Hello!!! Glad to hear from you!! Quizlet helped me build a lot of concepts right through medical school. I tend to use it a little less now that I am in residency. My question is: when can we expect a major update on the Android app? It lacks several features, including viewing images in full size on learning mode. I love the learning mode on it but not being able to see the pictures is a big limitation


Q:

India gets the price for the craziest drivers!!

A:

Good question!


Q:

This is a good and thoughtful question, thank you. Under a shift to free public higher education, I am really not sure that you would be out of a job. Rather, I think that the type of job may shift. For example, if you are a Dean of Student Services your job may come to include more training on case management, and you may benefit from social work skills. If you're in the public sector, or willing to work in the public sector, expansion of opportunities ought to occur.

On the other hand, we can clearly see the changes from neoliberal policy reforms that simply aim to cut costs, regardless of long-term impacts. If those aren't reversed, all sort of public workers-- and more importantly communities across the country, will be harmed.

A:

Cool!

We are working on some big updates to the learning modes on both iOS and Android. I will pass along the suggestion for full-size image viewing. Thanks!


Q:

How often did you have to repair or replace your bike? Did your bike ever get stolen during your amazing trip?

A:

Yo Eric, I heard you went to Berklee to play the bass. Any advice for someone who is also pursuing a degree in music?


Q:

How does the government paying for two years of tuition differ from me paying my own tuition? If the government pays, at some point they come after me via taxes and force me to pay EVERYONE's tuition, plus all the middlemen and administrators that the government adds to the bureaucracy. Besides that, eventually I finish paying off my student loans, but under this plan I will NEVER finish paying. The government will be coming after me as long as I live making me pay them money to pay off everyone else's tuition plus all the bureaucrats. Isn't that even worse than having my own student loans to pay off?

A:

Aside paying for Quizlet premium and maybe some ads, how does quizlet make it's revenue?


Q:

Hi there! I have used three different bikes on the trip (two mountain bikes and one road bike). My bikes never got stolen, but I replaced them along the way as they got worn out. I still have two of my bikes here in Copenhagen. I think I will put them on the wall as a souvenir :-)

A:

quit!


Q:
  1. No, there will be far fewer administrators in this program compared to the current aid system.
  2. Focus not on what you pay but what you GET relative to what you pay. Your neighborhood and local economy is struggling for lack of education workers. You benefit quite a bit from those around you having college degrees.
A:

Quizlet makes money in two ways: advertising and subscriptions. Since we have a ton of traffic (we're a top-30 website in the US! [1]) we can have some minimal advertising and make a good amount of money.

For subscriptions, we have two low-cost self-service packages you can buy: Quizlet Plus, which is for students, for $20/yr; and Quizlet Teacher, which is for teachers, for $35/yr. We like selling directly to our end-users because they are making an affirmative decision to use us instead of being told to use us by their principal or their district office.

[1] https://quantcast.com/quizlet.com


Q:

How were you swapping bikes? Was someone following you with gear in a vehicle?

A:

how hard do you think it is to get mc ride from death grips to your show?


Q:

What inspired you to study the challenges students face paying tuition?

A:

Hi, I use Quizlet like all the time for languages revision and I have to say it is one of my favourite things. Thank you so much. I was just wondering, what inspired you to make Quizlet? Why did you decide on the name Quizlet? Thanks again for your website! Shen :)


Q:

No, this was a solo trip. I was using my road bike through the Americas up through the States and Canada. Then I flew back to Denmark and bought myself a new mountain bike before I started cycling through Africa...

A:

so hard. i've tried literally every season since the show started. those dudes don't want to do television.


Q:

I've always been interested in income inequality and how people survive poverty. It takes so much work. I started asking questions about how lower-income people attending college make ends meet, and that led me to question how they cover college expenses-- including but not limited to tuition.

A:

In 2005 I had a french exam I was studying for where I had to learn 111 French animals in one or two nights. It was kind of a crazy assignment. I decided to build a program that would keep track of all my words and just test me on the ones I didn't know yet.

The name comes from "Quizlette" which is what my French teacher used to call the little vocabulary exams she would give us.


Q:

Hey there!

You've mentioned in a few replies that your bike was hit by a truck. What exactly happened? Were there any other close calls such as this during your trip?

A:

What will it take to legalize ranch?


Q:

Do you support the confiscation of 529 plans in order to support free 2 year education for all?

A:

Hi, I run HausaDictionary.com and love quizlet to further help me memorize terms/translations! Favorite tool or function is the multiple choice and T/F self-examination. Also love the easy to use (at least on a desktop) audio recorder. I wish there is a way I can integrate the content I create on my site (MediaWiki) with quizlet.

Anyways, is there a way to order physical flash cards (e.g SAT's Flip-o-matic booklet) for when you're offline?


Q:

There was another couple of close calls with traffic, but in no big accidents. This is what happened that day in Namibia: http://www.cyclingtheglobe.com/2016/03/day-1973-rundu-shitemo-the-big-bang/

A:

$420


Q:

No one has proposed this-- confiscating would mean taking private citizens' money. Definitely not. There's no need for it.

A:

For integration, we do have an embed feature that you could use with Mediawiki (I'm pretty sure) to put Quizlet study modes into your site.

Re: physical flash cards, nope! We work pretty hard to make sure Quizlet works offline though. You can even create sets and study them without a network connection, which I think is pretty cool.


Q:

How many flat tires did you get in total?

A:

Has a guest ever surprised/disturbed you by what they said or did while on the show?


Q:

In California it seems like our high schools urge kids to take AP classes and the expensive tests when directing them to concurrent enrollment at community college seems like a better option. What can we do to encourage students to start there before taking on debt at expensive private schools?

A:

Thank you so much for creating Quizlet! It has changed my studying life from boring and non-productful to fun with a lasting memory of what I've studied. My question is: Do you plan to bring back the categorizing subjects to make it easier to search by subject?


Q:

I didn't count... But I'm used 10 set of tires.

A:

Dennis Rodman said he kissed a dead chick.


Q:

I agree that this is happening and it's part of a culture that caters to expensive private schools. Fewer and fewer students find that AP classes shorten their time to degree- they may advance to harder courses faster but have to take the same number of credits on site. Dual or concurrent enrollment seems the better option.

A:

Hey -- very happy to hear that it's helped you :) And yes, we definitely need to improve the categorization/organization stuff. I don't think we'll bring it back like we had before though. Have you tried folders?


Q:

What are the diffrences between your body pre and post?

A:

Hey, Eric

I've been using the line "I want you to fuck my wife" as my opener on tinder for a month now. I'm looking to change up my opening line, what should I start saying?


Q:

Do you believe that just community college should be free, or do you think university should be free as well?

A:

Thank you for directly saving my ass multiple times throughout college and highschool. What has been the best thing to happen to you as a result of creating Quizlet?


Q:

Before 174 ibs, after 149 ibs :-)

A:

"you seem chill AF. What's your credit card number?" works every time.


Q:

In the end, both. In the short-term, I don't want the latter to get in the way of the former. People working on associate degrees are more at risk of dropping out than those working on bachelor's degrees and they are from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds. I want to start with the first degree- the associate degree-- first.

A:

The best things are mostly the people I've met as a result. First, the team we've built is a really fun, honest, hard-working group and it's really enjoyable to work with them. I've also met a ton of teachers and students along the way, and I've learned a lot from seeing what they do in their classrooms.

At age 26, I feel like I've learned a ton about education and business in a very short time. So I feel very lucky for that.

Quizlet's also given me financial security and means I don't need to worry about money too much for me + my parents.


Q:

How did you refill water during cycling?

A:

What is the process you and Hannibal use to come up with the jokes in the show?

Also, got any ranch? I'm out.


Q:

Are there any plans in the works to help those already buried in student debt? I graduated in 2003 with over $100k in debt, and have paid down over $100k but still owe about $80k. I feel like I'll never be out of debt and have done my part already to pay it back. Thanks.

A:

Hey Andrew, because of you I have to say thank you for my bachelor's degree in accounting. Staying up until 3 am at night studying while working full time, with a family seemed impossible until I found Quizlet. Also, where might I be able to purchase a Quizlet shirt too--totally a rad shirt!?


Q:

If I was staying in a cheap hotel/camp site I would fill up in the morning and also ask during the day in shops/restaurants/gas station or simply in private houses I was passing. In very remote mountain regions I would also drink from streams.

A:

Hannibal and I have very different approaches. I write stuff beforehand; he drifts in and out of consciousness.


Q:

Yes there are plans being discussed, for sure. These concerns are why income-based repayment plans were developed, and why loan forgiveness efforts for people with total and permanent disabilities were ramped up. No doubt, more to come.

A:

Great story!

We don't have a store right now but seems like some people might want us to make one ;)


Q:

How much stuff did you take? There's a huge range in how lightweight people go.

A:

What's the most "legal grey area" stunt that you've gotten away with?

Huge fan by the way, my friend has a radio show at our University (right next to Berklee!) called Mellow Mondays inspired by you! I'm trying to get him to open it by saying "Sup mello!"


Q:

Another question; I am from a middle class family, too much income for grants, but nowhere near enough to actually pay for college.

1) why does the government use my parents income? Why do they think my parents should be responsible for my education when I'm a legal adult at 18.

2) why can't people from poorer families take loans too and allow the grants to reach higher income families (the middle class) as well? We both will end up with a degree (being optimistic of course) so why do the poorer students get the grants and no loans even though they'll have a degree just like the people taking loans.

A:

Hey, my school uses Quizlet to help us learn Spanish. Are there any plans to add more games? Scatter and Gravity are fun, but surely there are other ways to let children learn while having fun. Thanks!


Q:

That's true. I tried to do it light and usually had around 20 kg or 44 pounds of luggage - even less when I was travelling with my road bike. This is my equipment list: http://www.cyclingtheglobe.com/equipment/

A:

i've been legally advised not to say. buzz me


Q:

1) The system assumes your parents help you. I know they often don't. I wrote about this in my latest book and in this piece which you might like: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/09/how-financial-aid-betrays-the-modern-family/501818/

2) Contrary to your assumption, almost all people from poorer families ARE taking loans already. It's not that they are getting money you could have had-- it's that the government is systematically failing you TOO.

My book was written to help people understand all of this better, and I hope it helps.

A:

Yes -- a central premise of Quizlet is that it's a fun way to study, so we will definitely be building more in the future. In addition to those two games, we have Quizlet Live (https://quizlet.com/features/live) which is a game designed for the classroom. Try it out if you haven't already!


Q:

Traveling around the world like that, did you ever have surprising, accidental meetings with people you already knew from other countries?

A:

Hey what was it like playing crabman in my name is earl?


Q:

If this were put in motion, would this affect students who went to community college in the past?

A:

Yes, it happened quite often that I would stay in a hostel and meet people I had met in other hostels in the countries before. I also met people I had already run into on other continents, but that was planned...


Q:

DAS RACIST!

A:

Would what affect them? e.g. would they be repaid?


Q:

what did you consider your most critical piece of gear outside your bike? charger? attitude? sleeping bag?

A:

don't take the red pill AND the blue pill you jackass!


Q:

How do you like Temple, compared to UW-Madison? It's a lot of first generation students, right? So do you feel like you are really putting your money where your mouth is?

A:

My tent always gave me a sense of freedom because I knew I would be able to sleep anywhere! I also love my Kindle with thousands of books in just a few houndred grams of weight. Finally I wouldn't travel without my Canon camera.


Q:

walruses.

A:

I love Temple. Many more first-generation students, loads more low-income and lower- middle-income students, and a tremendous amount of racial diversity. Sure it comes with somewhat fewer resources for my work, but that's entirely offset by the far richer working environment. I couldn't be happier with my decision.


Q:

Hey I'm from Malaysia! How do you like my country? What's the best memory you had about Malaysia? And beside the journey what is your motivation in cycling the world.

A:

Hey Dre, huge fan. How did you come up with the idea of the Eric Andre Show? I know you mention Space Ghost Coast to Coast as a major influence, but what else influenced your show or your sense of humor?


Q:

I had a very special welcome to Malaysia by my friends there. In fact I ended up having a police escort through most of the country, and got a BIG welcome that I experienced nowhere else. My time in Malaysia was truly special, and I hope to be back!! http://www.cyclingtheglobe.com/2011/05/day-213-port-dickson-melaka/

A:

Wonder Showzen. Ren & Stimpy. Jackass. Chapelle Show. Tom Green.


Q:

What an amazing adventure, do feel the world is that little bit smaller now?

A:

Hey Eric, fellow mulatto here.

How do you not get in legal trouble for your man on the street sketches in New York? In one bit, when you're doing the 5 erics, you're blocking an intersection right in front of a cop car?


Q:

Hehe, I feel like I have an idea about what life is like in every corner of the planet. Not as bad a place as you would think watching the news these days... :-)

A:

i got in a lot of trouble for that bit. This is the last question! You killed it! Thanks REDDIT!!!! PIECE OOOT!


Q:

Was there ever a place where you considered not biking because it was sketchy?

A:

Hi Eric, I love the show! You do a lot of crazy segments out in public. So: 1. What is the funniest/weirdest reaction you've gotten when you were out in public? 2. Have you ever done something so crazy, you couldn't air it? Thanks! LEGALIZE RANCH


Q:

I had some problems with kids and youth throwing rocks after me in Ethiopia, but I decided to continue all the way through. Glad I did... Also, lot's of police escorts in Egypt which got a bit annoying at some point.

A:

Another dude during the peeing meter maid bit started pissing on cars. yes we do a pro al qaeuda country song that they wouldn't let us air.


Q:

Any dangerous situations?

A:

Hey Brotendo! Thanks for doing this AMA.

When I first discovered your show, I assumed that your crazy personality was just a bit, but after seeing some of your interviews I realized that it's only an amplified version of how you always act. My question is, does entertaining others in such an absurd way all of the time get tiring, or have you just accepted your weirdness and embraced it?

I love season four so far! Keep up the great work.


Q:

My bike got run over by a truck in Namibia... luckily I managed to jump to the side just in time. Pretty scary!

A:

I take a lot of naps


Q:

Would you do it again?

A:

Sup Mello? How was interviewing Denis Rodman? And what was he picking up off the ground in the middle of the interview?


Q:

Hmm, I think once around the world by bike is enough. But I would love to go around the world again by sail boat :-)

A:

M&M's. he looked like ET.


Q:

Amazing - What was 1 - Your favourite moment 2 - Least favourite moment?

A:

Hey Eric. Love the show, I watch it every week. I know that you played upright at Berkley. Have you ever thought of playing again or incorporating your music into your comedy?


Q:

Thanks a lot :-) I think my favourite moments was when I experienced unconditional hospitality - like being invited into people's home for the night. This happened a lot across all continents. Another favourite moment was arriving back at the same square when I left and seeing my friends and family there. My least favourite moment was when my bike got hit by a big truck in Namibia - luckily I managed to jump away just before the truck hit!

A:

it's too mellow for my comedy. i tried and hated it instantly.


Q:

Hi Thomas, I am truly amazed by this. If you could condense everything you have learned about cycling to one tip, what would it be? Thank you!

A:

Any plans to record an album in the near future? If it's anything like your show I would buy ten copies minimum


Q:

Meet the world with an open and positive mind, and that is exactly how the world will receive you :-)

A:

yup. i just made one. it fucking sucks


Q:

Hi Thomas, big fan of your blog for a while now.

I've not seen anyone ask about communications. Did you have a mobile plan that gave you data in most countries or did you wing it with WiFi or ... ?

Thanks for the AMA, great stuff (and welcome home!).

A:

1) Bird Up! 2) Thanks for favoriting my tweet the other day. 3) Will you ever release the full interviews of the guests on your show? Maybe as a special feature if you ever release your seasons on DVD? I'd love to see what happens between the edits. 4) I've got an idea for season 5 that involves a storefront in New York, frozen yogurt and butthole flesh-lights if you've got a minute to discuss. Thanks for doing this AMA, and thanks for creating the craziest and best show on television.


Q:

Hi there, and very happy to know you enjoy the blog (still need to update it with the rest of Africa + Europe). I would normally buy a new sim card in each country, so I have a nice collection of sim cards now, hehe. It would only cost a few dollars in Africa... In Europe I was able to get a roaming plan with my Danish provider so I didn't have to buy a new card all the time.

Best wishes! Thomas

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i love you


Q:

A few questions, actually: 1. Did you cycle much before you started? 2. Are you going to cycle recreationally now that you are done, or are you sick of it? 3. What languages do you speak, and how did you manage in countries where you didn't speak the language?

A:

What's up Eric! You are a legend! Who is your biggest comedic influence? Also, What's your favorite Ice Cream flavor? Thank ya and Love ya<3


Q:

Hi there and thanks for some nice questions! 1) Yes, I already liked to cycle before and had done some shorter trips (a couple of weeks around Europe and two months across India). 2) I never got tired of cycling, and would love to do some shorter trips for a week or two in some of the areas that I really like. 3) I speak Danish, English, Spanish and a bit of French and German. I was in many countries where I didn't speak the language, but you can always get by with pointing etc. Also, there will usually be a young student speaking English in every corner of the world. Have a great day!

A:

GG Allin. Ranch.


Q:

Eric, my man, you're seriously the best! Simple question, if you had The Donald come onto your show, what would be your first surprise for him?

A:

i would grab him by the pussy


Q:

SUP ERIC

First off, thank you for doing this AMA. I'm a big fan of your show, thank you for providing us with a kind comedy that's not easy to come across

My question is: Do you ever think about making a movie based on the show? If yes, what is it going to be like?

Also, what's your biggest fear?

A:

it's gonna be like an official sequel to Life of Pi. shot on 8 mm.


Q:

Hey Eric,

Which of your skits is your favorite? My favorites are a tie between the one where you go to the car dealer, and the one where you go to the jewelry store with the metal detector.

love your show dude

A:

i love you! I like the octopus. and grocery goofs.


Q:

Hey Eric I'm about to graduate this fall with a bullshit media production degree, can I be your next naked intern? And are the PAs we see on the show actual PAs or just extras?

A:

niether. that's our writer's assistant Pat.


Q:

Hey Eric! Really excited to see you soon at the Shrine, its a dream come true. Anyways. I have a few questions that have bugged me for some time:

  1. Why was season 1 shot in 4:3, while other seasons have been shot in 16:9?

  2. When did you shoot the Tea Party rally sketch and how prepared did that make you feel before you went against Alex Jones, Breitbart, and people who don’t believe santa is black at the RNC?

  3. What is your favorite episode of SGC2C?

A:
  1. the network thought most people didn't get it. it was kinda getting in the way.
  2. tea party is 2012. I kinda forgot i did that bit.
  3. Bjork / Thom York

Q:

How long do you think you can keep the show running for before every guest figures out the format and it loses its surprise/shock factor? Would you still consider making more episodes, even if the guests are in on it?

A:

we could probably only do one more season.


Q:

Hey Eric dudemanbro. How existentially depressed are you right now?

A:

i've never felt more alive


Q:

Do you think we should be drone bombing Pakistan?

A:

nope.


Q:

how did you get so good at not caring about anything and just messing with people?

A:

meditation and exercise


Q:

How's your relationship with Marc Maron now?

A:

much better


Q:

Yo Eric! Thank you for for all the comedy you do. You're truly one of the funniest comedians out there! My question for you is that how often do the police involve themselves whenever you break something in a skit or has performing a skit resulted you being in jail and for how long?

A:

We got the cops called more this season then ever. Thank you for the kind words. I almost went to jail this year. I want to jail season 1.


Q:

when will death grips be on the show?

A:

Good question.


Q:

Eric, my dude, I love the show. Got two for you.

Firstly, how often do you injure yourself while you're filming for the show? When you're filming the destruction for the intro, or just out skitting in the streets, it seems like you'd get hurt pretty often.

Secondly, if you could interview absolutely anyone who's ever lived, who would you want on your show?

A:

i used to hurt myself a lot more. i kinda figured out how to do stunts proper as the show went along. i want to interview Bill Cosby and Donald Trump. I also want Charlie Rose to interview Gucci Mane as I interview Charlie Rose.


Q:

What is up with you?

A:

what is going on with you?