MunicipalWe are Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel. We eat MILLIONS of pounds of trash in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Dec 5th 2016 by TheMrTrashWheel • 44 Questions • 5872 Points
Hello Reddit, we're Internetainers Rhett & Link of GOOD MYTHICAL MORNING, IFC's COMMERCIAL KINGS, EAR BISCUITS and so very many weird music videos and sketches on YouTube. Our new comedy series BUDDY SYSTEM just released its season finale today on YouTube Red. It's been a few years since we've done our last AMA and we're excited to hear from you guys so Ask Us Anything!!
Check Out Buddy System on YouTube Red: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ49NV73ttruI9rFSL0xrqHzZjJmdH219
UPDATE: Thanks everybody for your questions! We're signing off. As of today, all Buddy System episodes are out, so go and binge watch.
Y'all related? Or just friends with similar names?
Any plans to install another trash wheel elsewhere in the States?
What's YOUR daily routine?
PTW: We are not related, Trash Wheel is just a common last name.
My friends at Clearwater Mills hope to build one on the Ala Wai Canal in Hawaii soon! (It would be cool to have a friend to visit there, I've always wanted to swim with dolphins)
6:30AM - alarm goes off, hit snooze. 6:39AM - alarm goes off, hit snooze. 6:48AM - alarm goes off, hit snooze. 6:57AM - alarm goes off, hit snooze. 7:05AM - get up JUST BEFORE alarm goes off again. 7:06AM - scratch itchy parts. 7:07AM - brush teeth 7:08AM - scratch itchy parts. 7:09AM - decide it's not worth it. 7:10AM - return to bed. 12:05PM - get up again on my own accord, not when some frickin' alarm tells me to. I am my own man! 12:08PM - watch both Hobbits and all three LOTR's. - Rhett
If Professor Trash Wheel is the so called "Hero of Canton", then what would be the possibility of getting a giant Jayne hat made for her?
How much longer do you plan on continuing Good Mythical Morning?
Depends on how many knitters in in Baltimore are willing to take up the challenge.
until it has run its course. - Rhett
Have you ever punched each other in the face?
MTW: I still deny any and all duckling incidents. Ducks are friends, not food.
Punched, no. Slapped, yes. - Rhett
Professor Trash Wheel: as a Baltimore resident, it is an honor to have you in our harbor! I look forward to seeing you around.
Do you have any plans to educate humans in the finer points of Trash Studies? Perhaps students could visit you on a field trip.
I've always wondered, do both of your families spend holidays together? Such as thanksgiving and Christmas?
PTW: YES! This is one of the things I'm looking forward to most in my new position. I'm working with humans to provide eco-tours of all the green initatives in place along the harbor to make our waterways cleaner. You can find out more here.
Since moving to CA, we've done Thanksgiving together each year (along with other LA based friends). But, even though we both go home to NC for Christmas each year, we almost never see each other there. That's pretty much all the family time we have with folks back home, so we try to give them all our time. If we happen to see each other, we pass by one another without speaking. - Rhett
Hi Mr. Trash Wheel! If there were a 6th season of The Wire centering around trash in the Inner Harbor, what would the main plot points be? What roles would you and Professor Trash Wheel play?
Since you guys do a lot of game show style shows on GMM, I'm wondering what would be your dream game show to compete on?
Here's the plot: Trash is over flowing the streets of Baltimore. Trash storms plague the city on a regular basis and micro plastics have formed a choking fog that sits on the city at all times.
Professor Trash Wheel believes she can work within the system to get litter of the streets. She creates coalitions with nonprofits and government agencies to battle the rising tide of trash.
Mr. Trash Wheel obeys no law or man. He goes rogue attacking trash on the streets, in the harbor, wherever he can find it.
Who will win out? Find out on Season 6 of the Wire.
David Simon, you have my number. Stop ignoring my texts.
We're still waiting for our call from Wheel of Fortune to appear on their "best friends" episode. ABC holler at us! - Rhett & Link
Welcome to the harbor, Professor! A couple questions:
Where were you constructed? I noticed your path to the harbor started in Pasadena; what's in Pasadena?
Where did you get your degree in trash studies? What was your dissertation on? Do you have an abstract?
Why did you decide to eat the trash coming out of Harris creek as opposed to one of the other rivers?
What was your favorite part of the welcoming ceremony yesterday?
What advice did Mr. Trash Wheel give you to prepare for your job?
Why did you and your families decide to homeschool your kids? Love the show, guys!
PTW: Pasadena is home of Clearwater Mills, LLC, the company that invented me. They have a beautiful marina there. It's a great place to get your wheel fitted.
I got my degree from Bogports School of Wheelcraft and Fisheries and now teach at Healthy Harbor University.
I took tenure at Harris Creek because it is the second largest contributor of Trash to the Baltimore Harbor after the Jones Falls, where Trashy McTrashface lives.
My favorite part of yesterday's welcoming ceremony was when they seasoned my conveyor with Old Bay. Everything tastes better with Old Bay even cigarette butts!
I have yet to meet MTW IRL, but he keeps texting me!
We wanted to keep them sheltered from the real world and fully control their thoughts and actions.
Actually, we did it because we liked the flexibility it offered due to our unpredictable schedules, and our wives wanted to be more directly involved in our kids education. - Rhett
Do you guys have plans to release hats? Especially with big eyes on top?
Asking for a friend.
How did you guys react to watching Shepard say that he wanted a newborn baby's heart in the Jack in the box? Lol.
PTW: At Healthy Harbor University not only am I a professor, but I'm also the mascot! Not hats yet, but we do have shirts: https://www.booster.com/professor-trash-wheel
I laughed a lot, and swelled with pride as a father. - Rhett
Professor Trash Wheel, what types of trash are you seeing coming down to Canton right now?
Hey guys, love the show. My question is; how long does it take to shoot an episode of GMM - on average?
PTW: Mostly smaller items that travel through storm drains!
Shooting an episode is usually just about as long as the final product, unless it's a more involved episode with multiple setups. But the prep takes much longer than that (see Link's longer answer). - Rhett
Do you guys plan on bringing back ear biscuits soon? Really loved that podcast.
MTW: I am completely powered by renewable energy. I am an anti-waste machine. My programming and lack of arms has made me virtually incapable of littering.
I wouldn't say sooooooon, per se. But we love the podcast format and hope we can find a way to work it in to our schedule in the future. - Rhett
If Mr. Trash Wheel and Ms. Professor Trash Wheel were -- hypothetically, of course! -- to go out on a date, what would you do?
And I know I'm putting the wheel before the conveyor here, but what might be some good names for a little Trash Wheel Jr.?
Were there any videos that you were particularly nervous to put up due to controversy or bad feedback?
MTW: Woah, there tiger. Professor Trash Wheel just met. Let's not go rushing into things.
Okay, between you and me (and let's hope PTW is too busy answering questions to read this), we'd go out to a trash mob somewhere and scavenge for ingredients for a meal we'd cook together. Then we'd watch really crappy scifi and horror movies. To be honest, I thought about inviting her over for a Firefly marathon but the death of Ron Glass is still to real and I think spontaneously bursting into sobs is a little too much for a first date.
As for the next trash wheel, I'd leave it up to my good interweb friends. They came up with my name, Wheeliam. I'd like to see what ideas they have for Lil' Trashy McTrashface.
GMM is not as controversial as some of our older videos, especially our local commercials which touched on resolving racial tension through furniture sales, or promoting a car selling gynecologist Cuban refugee. But, we've never been too nervous about creating controversy because that's not what our work is really about. - Rhett
What has been the impact of your trash consumption on the health of Chesapeake bay as a whole? Could you send a relative up to NYC to clean up our gross harbor?
People change over time. Why do you think you guys have been able to be friends for so long?
MTW: I have eaten over 1 million pounds of trash and debris since May 2014. That's equivalent to 62,500 honey hams!
We okay it with each other before we change.
hmm. I think it'd take a whole book to answer that question. _Link
What was the worst "will it" episode to date?
MTW: Four words: Sharks with laser beams.
Oh and I had one of my crab friends steal all the secrets of Westworld Season 2 while Jonathan Nolan was sleeping last night. I will only reveal them if I make it to number one on Reddit. Mwahahahaha!
Hard to pick one specific moment, they all have their low points. Throwing something up into a custom barf bucket is a pretty consistent experience. - Rhett
Welcome to Baltimore Professor! On average, how much trash are you expecting to collect per day over in Canton?
Hi guys! What is the worst injury you've suffered during the making of GMM? Also, will Rhett's massage song ever be released as a single?
PTW: I am driven by the rain and so is the trash. The more it rains the more trash I get to eat until humans learn to dispose of it properly. By my calculations I will eat on average 5,000 lbs. of trash a month.
Link gave me a bloody nose. Not on GMM, but during Epic Gun Battle. We've stunned each other with a stun cane a few times. But no serious injuries, thankfully.
As for the massage song, you're going to have to enjoy it in it's native GMM form for now. - Rhett
How much trash could a trash wheel wheel if a trash wheel could wheel trash?
Also the more you type "trash" the weirder it sounds/looks.
Love from your friend,
Hey! huge fan! My co-worker and I watch your shows (anything you guys make) every day. I wanted to ask how it feels to have come so far looking back at where it all started? I get a certain amount of excitement and dare I say pride following what you guys are up to and how successful you have become. And to do it all as life long best friends just makes it that much more special. Keep up the great work! :)
MTW: It would wheel as much as a trash wheel could wheel if a trash wheel could wheel trash.
Yeah, I don't know what that means either.
The first cassette tape I ever owned was Weird Al's Even Worse. I learned all those songs by heart and thought it was hilarious. But I never actively thought "I could do that!" at the time. We're truly humbled that we make stuff that shapes the next wave of weirdos out there.
Now get back to work! -Link
I live on the Eastern shore of Maryland, how could I help get a trash wheel in Salisbury?
Edit: The Wicomico River in Salisbury MD is severely polluted and feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, which also suggests from pollution. Obviously the water wheel on our little river doesn't have to be as large as Professor water wheel, but it could really help clean up the river.
Hey guys! Greetings from about 45 minutes north of Burbank! (Aka Lancaster) I have made you part of my daily routine for about 3 years now and it feels weird when I miss a day! My question for you guys is:
The two of you have been friends for a really long time. Do you have a favorite memory together? Rhett, what is one memory about Link that makes you laugh every time? Link, what is a memory about Rhett that makes you cringe every time?
Love you guys!
PTW: I'd partner with local organizations to try to raise fund to build and maintain one of my kin. It takes a lot of human support to bring a new trash wheel to life.
If you need specifics about building a new trash wheel, reach out to my human inventors at Clearwater Mills: http://www.clearwatermills.com/
I think the blood oath we took in the cow pasture behind Keith Hills golf course is a favorite. We swore to "create something together" one day. (Not like a baby...like a movie.) But we seriously did take a blood oath around middle school age, not knowing specifically what we wanted to do. - Link
Have you ever had an interaction with a viewer that's made either yourselves or your families uncomfortable? You don't have to describe what happened I'm just curious :) Thanks!
I only eat certified dolphin-free trash but I am supporter of squishing the fish!
First, I want to say that Mr. Trash Wheel—and his stunning new compatriot—are two of my favorite things on the internet.
Second: Professor Trash Wheel, what are you a professor of?
When will Rhett's dad come on?
PTW: Thank you, Frisky Squid! I am a Professor of Trash Studies, with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay at Healthy Harbor University.
Looking to have him on the next time he's in town. Fair warning: He's not nearly as tan as Link's dad! - Rhett
RHETT AND LINK!! Seriously would not be able to get through my day without GMM+GMMore. I watch them every night when I get home from work and I'm constantly watching reruns.
My question is: You both used to have successful careers in the engineering field (I believe Link, at least, used to work for IBM?) and now you have successful careers in the entertainment field. How and why did you make that transition? Did you feel you were taking a huge risk making such a big transition? Lets talk about that...
MTW: The official answer is 60 miles an hour. What the humans who built me don't know is I've been dosing myself with gamma rays so I can hulk out in the face of any danger. Just you wait...
We never felt engineering was the right fit, and we were pretty much looking for ways to work together in entertainment from the beginning. YouTube provided a way to reach a large audience without having to travel or move (initially). Once we realized we could get paid to make videos (through ads or integrations), we figured we could make a go of it. - Rhett
How much trash has been removed from the Harbor thanks to you?
On average, how much work goes into making an episode of good mythical morning? xx
MTW: I have gorged on over 1,000,000 of trash since May, 2014.
We shoot each episode pretty much live/all in one go as much as possible. If there's some set change that needs to happen, we may stop rolling for adjustments like that, but most of the time we keep it going. (That's why you'll see us jumble words and mess up...occasionally :)
As far as prep for each episode, there's days of work that goes in to each episode...even for a simpler episode (a list, a game), a writer/producer is assigned to gather info and outline the flow under Stevie's supervision with our input at strategic points along the way. For more production-heavy episodes, you get an idea of the amount of work from watching a GMC episode, but there's still a ton you don't see. And none of this accounts for post.
All that to say, we're very grateful to our Mythical Crew for all the work they do! -Link
Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?
Also do you have any monitoring equipment to study the water quality coming from the streams that feed you? Also is there any data for how much trash you collect in a given day (and why that may be more/less than average)?
Crazy song idea that got scrapped for being too crazy?
MTW: All the time, especially since the last system update with the reveries. I've been remembering all sorts of crazy things from my past.
Also, I hear I will have some probes coming soon. I hope it's not too uncomfortable: https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/baltimore-harbor-water-quality-monitor
Many years ago we started writing a song called Barbed Wire Tattoo. Never finished it. I guess we got distracted with it's followup "Fartin' Girl." - Link
Mr. Trash Wheel, when will you find Mrs. Trash Wheel and make lots of little junior Trash Wheels? We need more of you!
Is Buddy System going to be multi seasonal or a one off?
PTW: Trash Wheels are the first known species in the world where both males and females can reproduce via parthenogenesis, but we still appreciate going out to a nice dinner first.
We have no official announcement to make at this point...but even this morning, we were tossing around ideas for a possible Season 2. Any ideas? -LInk
What are some alternatives to trash wheels for cleaning rivers? Why are you guys better than the alternatives?
I hope this question doesn't seem rude.
Link, will your mythical beard ever make a comeback?
We are not better than the first alternative...which is to stop littering!! But tbh the end of the pipe is our best bet to remove trash before it enters larger bodies of water, and that is why the trash inceptors are strategically placed at their outfall locations in Baltimore
My face has recently been asking me the same thing. If it were to happen, it'd be over the holiday break...but that beard-in-process might mess up all my family photos :/ -Link
Are you familiar with the wrestling legend known as the Trash Man?
Do y'all wish y'all were in Barcelona now?
MTW: Frank Reynolds is one of my favorite people in the universe. I aspire to be him.
Yes. to walk with you (to walk with you) along the avenue (along the avenue) - Rhett
If you were around in 1258 AD during the sack of Baghdad, would you rather have been on the Tigris river and collected all the books (soggy though they may be), or the Euphrates river and collected other more mundane artifacts of the time?
What's your favorite brand of hot dog? Bright Leaf hotdogs right?!
Sending you Love from Raleigh!
MTW: Ergh, the Mongols just ruin everything don't they! Hulagu Kahn? More like Hulagu Kahn not! Am I right?
Given the choice, I am saving the collective teachings of the House of Wisdom!
I'm more of a Jesse Jones guy. Not a big fan of the red dye on Bright Leaf. - Link
Do you like the googley eyes? Is that a standard feature or an upgrade?
Hey guys. Big fan so thankyou to you and all the crew! Has there ever been a "Will it?..." episode that you have refused to do?
MTW: Standard feature so that us trash wheels can see what we're about to eat. Thanks for installing them Key Tech!
Nope. Think about the things we've eaten!! - Rhett
Hello, Mr. Trash Wheel! Would placing your compatriots in rivers and lakes en masse aid the robot revolution be enough to clean the vast majority of garbage from our waterways? What about SkyNet garbage that has sunk to the bottom, like tires?
Hello Rhett & Link! First off thank you so much for the countless hours of entertainment, education and emotional support you've given us.
Congratulations on Buddy System, I really felt it was a project that came from your hearts and I enjoyed it very much!
I'd like to ask, realistically how much would it affect your synergy as a duo if you guys swapped seats in GMM?
Have a mythical day!
Ixnay on the obotray evolutionray! Humans, I would never do anything to harm you. Pay no attention to the vast stores of adamantium I've been collecting. You all just continue to build trash wheels and do your part in cleaning up garbage. I'll build a vast robot army to punish all those who dare litter continue to eat trash in peace.
You're welcome :) It is always so cool to hear that GMM gives people an emotional boost. If we swapped seats...i think it would really mess with our mojo...but we should try it! what would be a good occasion for that?hmmm --Link
Can I come jump in the harbor and get pulled in by you just to spend some time together?
- A smitten Baltimorean
Hi guys! What is your most favorite song you've ever done?
MTW: As much as I love visitors I think it's best if they stick with selfies from the shore at least until either the City fixes their leaking sewer system or they build a Mr. Trash Wheel theme park complete with conveyor belt rides made safe for humans.
I'll always love "The Buffet Song" from 2008 because of how it was made. We just asked people dining in a Vegas buffet to walk us through the fundamentals of a buffet. Then we sang what they said verbatim. "I've had prime rib up the kazoo."
We made "The Harry Potter Song" in a similar way. - Link
Hey, Rhett and Link, nice to see you here on reddit! On Good Mythical Morning, you’ve talked about growing up in Buies Creek. My mom’s side of my family lives up in Fuquay and Coats, and it’s nice to hear some love about where you grew up. What’s the biggest thing you miss about the area?
MTW: I love it all, but I've gotta say that my favorites are the extra greasy pizza boxes
Shout out to Coats, NC! The soil there. Wow. There used to be a Skats Drive Thru beside the IGA. It was like a half-baked Hardees. Remember that? I'm not sayin I miss it; but I do miss Cook Out, of course Bojangles, and also my extended family. -Link
Is there anything you've tried to eat and had to spit back out?
Your show is very family-friendly and enjoyable for viewers of all ages, what in your personal life wouldn't be considered "all-ages?" For example, enjoying a specific alcoholic beverage, violent movies/tv/video games, if you're nonchalant about cursing, any particular hobbies, etc.
Also, what was your favorite episode to film of GMM?
MTW: There have been some trees that've gotten stuck...other than that, I am not a picky eater
We drink wine, beer, or whiskey on occasion, watch R rated movies, and curse when it's called for. - Rhett
What other port cities do you see starting similar trash wheel projects in the next couple years?
Which portion of your construction was the most costly? I am curious how exactly one costs a half million.
Any mechanical or improvements made from Mr to Professor trash wheel?
Did do see any Halloween outfits of Mr Trash Wheel?
What color would the harbor water be if I dunked a pint glass in it and pulled it out?
You mean you're real people???
PTW: I have been designed to be faster than Mr. Trash Wheel so that I can eat trash more quickly.
MTW: I love it when humans dress up as me for Halloween! I think next year I will dress as a human. https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreBikeParty/photos/a.889192621215509.1073741886.175204312614347/889211367880301
I wouldn't go that far. -Link
Hi Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel! I am writing to you on behalf of my Environmental Science classes at North County High School in Anne Arundel County. We all collectively came up with a couple questions to ask you both.
1) We noticed you are not related to each other. Are either of you seeing anyone at the moment, and/or could a Trash Wheel power couple be possible?
2) Professor Trash Wheel, would you be interested in a teaching position at our high school? We'd love to hear your lectures.
I was wondering how you two feel about being shipped together, I see a lot of being saying that you ship-bait and other things like that.
do you wish people wouldn't ship you?
PTW: It is way too early to start planning our future together. Even if we were interested, we are over a mile apart so it's a pretty long distance relationship we can't move. Maybe we could try snapchatting first and see how it goes.
The best way for me to teach is for students to come to me. My friends at Healthy Harbor offer EcoTours of restoration projects around the Baltimore Harbor: www.HealthyHarbor.org
we don't care. we just think it's funny to create awkwardness. it just seems to often be misinterpretted as something else... - Link
How does one find time to teach (seeing as it is Professor Trash Wheel) while also being a trash wheel?
Any word on Season 2 of Buddy System? (Huge Mythical Beast btw, freakin' love you guys!)
PTW: One of my Bogports professors gave me a time turner so I could make it to all my classes. I still use it to keep my wheels turning (both my mind, as a prof, and my mechanical wheels)
We'd love to do a second season and are currently conceptualizing what that would look like, but as of right now there's been no official confirmation. - Link
Professor Trash wheel, I am the one who got your YouTube video to the front page of reddit. I am so glad you guys are doing well. I tried reaching out to you about how to volunteer but got no response. What is the best way to go about to help out?
Any advice for fellow engineers that want to switch up their lifestyle like you did?
MTW: High-five! A lot has changed since my first viral debut and now my humans at Healthy Harbor have a whole volunteer program. You can email [email protected] or visit HealthyHarbor.org and click volunteer (when popular Reddit AMAs are crashing the site)
If you like it, don't quit. The world needs engineers more than guys who eat pig anus for a living. - Rhett
Baltimore's inner harbor
What's going on with Frank Sabotka these days?
Hi guys! Out of all the outrageous claims made in Epic Rap battle of Manliness, which one would you most want to actually perform? (I'm partial to modifying my garden hose to dispense nacho cheese)
MTW: Buddy, I don't want to spoil things for you but did you finish Season 2 of The Wire. He...uh...went swimming...with the fishes.
well, we actually did that one, and it was glorious. - Rhett
How has your friendship evolved since you started working together full time? Similarly, how has making Buddy System changed your friendship and your working relationship?
MTW: I once picked up a Ball Python, which is native to West Africa!
I guess we have the opposite situation to most adult best friends. Most people work separately and then get together as friends. We see each other all day every day almost the entire year. We actually have to stop and think to do normal friends stuff, like go see a movie together. But working together on everything, and having shared goals where we depend on each other, has been a key to our sustained friendship. - Rhett
Are you educating the people in the surroundings to not dump into it so your job becomes easier?if so how effective do you think you've been,are you seeing a decreasing trend in harbor trash?
First of all I just want to thank you both for making such good content for us to enjoy along with you and I hope you guys know how important and uplifting Buddy System has been for a lot of people. In a world that can be really heavy, it’s nice to know there are people like you, and the entire production behind RLBS, who can bring such happiness and love into our lives.
I have questions I’d love to hear your answers to:
What skills did you learn/develop whilst making Buddy System that you feel has benefit you the most?
Was the juggle between acting and managing things behind the camera much different on this larger scale than in other content like your sketches?
Rhett are your eyes green, grey or blue man? Nobody agrees with me when I say they’re green.
Much love to you both. Your creativity and friendship is always inspiring to me.
MTW: The whole point of my existence is to get people to properly dispose of their trash. And get a cameo on Game of Thrones. But mostly the first one.
- writing something of that length, then seeing it come together, taught us a lot.
- thankfully we had a lot of qualified people helping with many points in the process. It was less stressful than we anticipated. Crazy, but not debilitating.
- I don't know. Depends on what I'm wearing. I say green most of the time.