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MedicalI am Dr. Harvey Karp, pediatrician for 30+ years, creator of the 5 S's method for calming babies and SNOO Smart Sleeper. Ask me anything!

Dec 13th 2016 by Happiest_Baby • 23 Questions • 123 Points

UFC Vet, bareknuckle fighter, whistleblower and another 20 year career I'm not allowed to talk about. You can ask me anything, but my answers may be pretty limited on certain topics. And if you're an official member of the Media, I'm not allowed to talk to you.

EDIT 1 - We're doing a document drop at FBI headquarters at around 1:30pm and all supporters are welcome. They're at 201 Maple St, Chelsea, MA. We're staging in the Burger King parking lot across the street (because I don't like being placed face down by an FBI anti-terrorist team because I showed up unannounced with a mob). We're all going to buy burgers first (so we're not trespassing). And because we have manners.

EDIT 2 - Back from FBI headquarters, ready to continue the IAMA!

EDIT 3 - Proof, as requested: http://imgur.com/a/mNvhU

EDIT 4 - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209326933704715&set=a.1117869021301.2018850.1064263302&type=3&theater

EDIT 5 - After I staggered out of the FBI's interrogation room, I hit up an old friend's new restaurant, Capo in South Boston, to recover. I found out the IAMA was down due to lack of initial proof and I took my first Proof pic there. It didn't come out well enough to use, but the food was excellent so I figured I would give him a plug. http://imgur.com/a/S5HTe

EDIT 6 - Wow, thanks for all the support guys. Heading to bed now, will be taking questions again at 10:00am Eastern Time if anyone is still interested.

EDIT 7 - Again, thanks for all the support. For those that know me from The Underground Forum (at MixedMartialArts.com) this is exactly the kind internet martial arts/ethics/philosophy stuff I love endlessly shooting the breeze about online. I'll keep checking the thread as long is it's active and keep answering everyone's questions on a regular basis.

https://www.reddit.com/r/MMA/comments/5hiz71/im_ufc_vet_sean_gannon_the_only_guy_to_ever/

Q:

Hi Dr. Karp! I just watched one of your videos on YouTube and found it very helpful, my crying baby calmed down almost immediately after I put her on her side and shhh'd in her ear :)

My question is - after my baby (6 weeks old) is calm and I put her to bed, if she starts fussing again do I need to tend to her immediately or shall I let her whine for a little bit to see if she settles by herself? There are so many conflicting opinions on this issue!

A:

Hey Chris, you seem very down to earth. How has Hollywood not ruined you yet?


Q:

When you say 90% of calls are simple things, are these things we homeowners could do without many specialized tools?

A:

What was your reaction when Mythbusters Inc. told you they were downsizing. Did you feel blown to the wind or did you take it as an opportunity to do a new project?


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Hi, just wanted to say you are one of my all time favourite actors. A living legend.

My question for you is: What role if any did you have a hard time shaking off once the movie was wrapped up?

Cheers!

A:

Why can't you kill them easily?


Q:

I ain't no gold digga, but how do you fund all this 'running amok' ?

Sponsorship? Inheritance? Savings?

A:

How did the fight with Kimbo come about? Did you contact him?


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That's fantastic!

You have two jobs with the calming reflex. One is to turn it on, and the other is to keep it turned on. When you put her in bed, you want to continue some of the 5 S's, like snug swaddling and the right type of white noise.

Over the first six months of life, one of your big jobs as a parent is to teach your baby to feel secure and trusting. So you really want to respond to her fussing whenever you can. That's what teaches her to have confidence in the people who love her. After nine months there will be plenty of opportunities to teach her what discipline means and limit setting. Now the goal is to build her trust and confidence.

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never forget where you came from.


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Both.


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Malcolm X. My wife would be like “Is Malcolm coming home tonight?”

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Years of the insects developing chemical resistance.


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Bit of everything really.

I sold my MtG card collection when I was 18. That was 10k €. I saved the money from the military service, then I did that 1 year round the world trip with it.

Later I realized how much cheaper you can travel. For example if you bike and camp, you dont pay for transport or accommodation. I cycled half a year through the US and Canada, and I spend $0 on accommodation and $6 for transport; a bus through a tunnel that did not allow cycling.

Once I mad a website, I started to get sponsors. Free equipment, bikes, but no money so far. It does keep the spendings low, and after a tour I could sell it, if I like. Only done that once, a friend of mine bought one of my old bikes.

There was also an inheritance, but that was recently and I have not touched that money yet. It's on a bank, a rainy day fund, so to speak. I want to pay for my crazy tours on my own accord.

Besides that I do odd jobs (especially at the start, like working in hostels or on a cattle ranch in Australia); I program and write; and I have a Patreon for my Dwarf Fortress mod.

The most interesting bit is of course the fact that you can travel for almost nothing. $200-$300 a month are fine in almost any country worldwide, if you camp/couchsurf and hike/hitchhike/cycle. :)

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What is the FIRST RULE OF FIGHT CLUB!?!

But seriously, it was set up by Kirk Jenness on The UnderGround Forum (MixedMartialArts.com - amazing website) and Kimbo's manger Icey Mike (good guy). Additional info from an article Kirik wrote -http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/the-toughest-cop-thats-not-allowed-to-serve-to-protect-us "Author’s Note – The fight Gannon is most often criticized for (vs. Kimbo Slice) was actually a charity fundraiser organized on this very website 12 years ago. All profits from the DVD sales of the Kimbo fight were donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Sean was not allowed to speak to the press, so he was never allowed to tell anybody about it, and was instead portrayed as a barbarian.

Further, Gannon expressed the highest respect for Slice, who passed away far too young in June.

“Kimbo deserves a lot of credit here too, he essentially agreed to fight for free for charity, and never felt the need to brag about it,” explained Gannon. “That’s the kind of guy he was, despite the rough exterior, always doing the right thing and never looking for a pat on the back afterwards. And that’s what this sport is all about.”"


Q:

Thank you Dr. Karp! We were shown The Happiest Baby on the Block during our baby care classes.

The only thing that I was never really able to get the hang of after reading The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep was "drowsy yet awake" -- this never seemed to work for my infant and after five tries would lead to me and the baby crying. Is there something I missed or a trick to "drowsy yet awake" beyond just those three words?

Edit: also waking just a little as I put him down also led to disaster. Those first 3-4 months were really hard, and it seemed like unless I put him down totally asleep, we were all doomed.

A:

It can be difficult to maintain relationships with people from a previous workplace. I'd imagine even more so for those in your industry. What previous collaborator, if any, have you spent the most time with after wrapping?


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You're a saint for doing this. I have a shower handle that has a hex nut that keeps unscrewing, and the handle keeps falling off. Should I use a locking agent on the hex nut, or will that lead to more problems later on?

A:

hi grant, what multitool/knife do you always carry?


Q:

Which one of your characters do you think you are actually the most like in real life?

A:

Is the procedure for bed bug removal tenting or is it something less invasive?


Q:

How can one own 10.000€ worth of mtg cards, especially under the age of 18?

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What do you think about todays fighters? Are they tough as back in the day?


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Of course every baby is different. However, most babies get pretty drunk and sleepy after a good feeding, and they are even more prepared for sleep if you have them snuggly swaddled and are playing rumbly white noise in the background. That is stacking the deck for success for putting your baby down to sleep. I usually find that those babies fall back to sleep quickly after being awakened (although sometimes you do have to jiggle the crib for 20-30 seconds.) But, if the baby continues crying, usually picking the baby and rocking for a few minutes is all that is needed for settling back down. If you don't do the drowsy-yet-awake technique, the baby learns that falling asleep means always being in your arms, and so when they wake in the middle of the night, they haven't had any practice being able to put themselves to sleep without any help. That's what I mean when I say they learn how to self-soothe, so if they are not very hungry, they have the ability to put themselves back to sleep at 2am instead of needing your help to rock them back to sleep. I'm wondering, were you using snug swaddling? What type of white noise did you have? (These can make all the difference.)

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james gunn


Q:

Define shower handle. I'm assuming you have a store bought hand held shower head. And it doesn't swivel properly so when you shift it to wash yourself the supply line comes loose. Buy a better quality head

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I started with a Leatherman Wave and had that for many years. Then I started carrying the Charge ALX because it had more tools like allen wrenches.


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That would be a good question for my wife. I don’t know. I don’t think any of them, not completely. There’s a piece of me in all of them and all of them in me, but I can’t say this one is really like me. Training Day was close. No, that’s the old me. The younger me.

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Tenting and fumigation tend to just scatter the issue. We focus on more targeted treatments where the activity is being seen.


Q:

Play on tournaments. Win cards/money, buy more cards. It helps that the cards get more valuable with time... I remember I got the power9 for about 1000 Deutsche Mark total. You know what they are worth now.

A:

As Don Frye used to say "Anyone can win one fight in a night, it's winning three that shows who has the steel balls".

The fighters now ARE better (I used to have to drive 2 hours to sniff the ass of a blue belt....and was grateful for it) but the old bareknuckle guys WERE tougher.


Q:

Why do you own so many blue shirts?

A:

Hey Chris,

Who is your favorite actor?


Q:

Hey so the sink in my bathroom smells like sulfer farts. I get that the trap is probably full of all sorts of disgusting organic matter just rotting away. Hair, gunk, etc.

Problem is my sink is sitting atop a 'pedastal' free standing very close to the wall. I don't think I can get to the trap to clean it out. What do I do?

Additional question: How do I make my water hotter in the shower. I have on demand hot water. Do I adjust that device? Or allow the shower knob to open further?

A:

Congrats on the engagement, Grant!

Are we gonna see any new cool robots from you in White Rabbit? Looking forward to watching the show!


Q:

What is the weirdest situation you've found yourself in by accident?

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What was the most extreme case you have ever witnessed yourself?


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power9

what is this card youre talking about?

A:

Don Frye

That dude is testosterone.


Q:

Hahaha. If you saw me in a green, pink, or gray shirt, you wouldn't ask that question. And besides, it makes it so easy for me when I get dressed in the morning. Just reach into the closet, and there's no decision to be made.

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anna faris


Q:

The anode rod in the heater is bad. It can be pulled out and cut off to fix the problem but I recommend calling someone to do it as it can cause problems and you need special tools for it

A:

Freeze ray. Jousting simulator robot. And I might have made a flying hoverboard. But you know, you'll just have to see for yourself!


Q:

In life? Probably had something to do with not being able to find a bathroom in time. We’ve all been there, you know what I’m talking about. Haha, oh man, and it’s cold outside and that warmth starts…you know what I’m talking about.

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They were EVERY where. Beds, bed frames, dressers, tvs, wall outlets, the bathtub, the sinks. Bed bugs only move from a stable food source when they're too crowded to crawl over each other. That requires someone completely ignoring the problem. The homeowner literally said "well sometimes I feel one crawling on me and I just flick it off and then I'm good."


Q:

Power 9 are the 9 best magic cards. The 5 moxes, the black lotus, the ancestral recall, the time twister and time walk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Nine

A:

I hear women become spontaneously pregnant in his presence.


Q:

Have you ever considered adding a little alien antennae hoodie to the SNOO Smart Sleeper?

A:

What is the most useless skill you have?


Q:

Hi,

I work HVAC/Plumbing administration.

Wanted to ask you a question unrelated to minor plumbing needs.

We've been noticing that there is a growing age gap amongst plumbers in our state (Maine) with the average age of plumbers being in their 40s-50s. Do you find that you have the same experience?

A:

Freeze ray? So you main Mei I take it.


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What is your favorite line or quote that you have said in a movie?

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What are some major contributing factors to bedbug infestations? (In other words, what are things we should do/not do to prevent bed bugs)

For those of us who live in apartments, if we have neighbors that have bed bugs what is the best course of action to "quarantine" your apartment from being infested? Or is it to late at that point?


Q:

moxen*

A:

Just want to say as a long time lurker of mma.tv, I was always impressed with your insights on training. You may have changed my opinion on quite a few "vogue" training methods.

For anyone who doesn't know there was an amazing several part interview with Sean over at mma.tv just recently about his professional life. If you haven't seen it, go check it out!

What can you tell us about the outcome of your recent hearing?


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We are! It's going to be part of the mobile.

A:

rubiks cube

although it's not useless because i use it to help me run lines


Q:

Im 34 and my helper is 30. I started plumbing when I was 19, I don't see any young helpers anymore. Kids are not getting into this line of work

A:

OH MAN I just made the connection. Overwatch wasn't as huge when we filmed this build earlier in the year. If we had done this recently, I might have gone with Mei instead of Doctor Horrible LOL


Q:

What came right through my head was “King Kong”, but that’s not necessarily my favorite line, that’s the line that I hear the most from other people.

I don’t have one. Some people walk up, “my man” from American Gangster, but I don’t have one that I walk around and repeat because I’m onto the next one, so I’m not thinking about it that much.

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  1. Our extremely crowded population (new york in particular is seeing an exceptional level of the problem). 2. Travel and general commutes. People are getting them and then taking them where they go ad nauseam. 3. Unawareness.

Q:

Technically correct. The best kind of correct.

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The court will render a decision within 90 days. Someone may try to beat them to the punch by finding an excuse to fire my ass. Have a new hearing today, more of the Internal Affairs variety. Allegedly aimed at the guy I exposed, but pretty obviously aimed at the whistleblower. They've taken highly irregular steps in this and I haven't even had a chance to secure adequate counsel for it yet. So if anyone knows any good Whistleblower attorneys practicing Mass, I would be very happy to see them in front of FBI headquarters at 1:00pm today, 201 Maple St., Chelsea, MA. ACLU lawyers welcome too, I would love to be able to speak more freely on this. Heck, I would even like to see some 2a (2nd amendment) lawyers because they (Illegally IMO) seized my civilian License To Carry and personal firearm after I blew the whistle. Heartbreaking scene when they took my badge, gun, and personal License To Carry permit, but nothing from the dirty cop I exposed. It was all captured on film by reporter Jake Geanous ([email protected]) if anyone want to see the video.


Q:

My daughter is almost 1 and is not pointing yet. She looks at something she wants and makes whining noises instead. Should I be worried that this is an early sign of autism? She developed her pincer grasp a little later than 9 months. Could this have something to do with it? Thanks!

A:

Does your son still think you're a firefighter?


Q:

Im 20 years old and in college, but am considering going into the trades. Im considering plumbing as well as a few others, but am wondering what the industry looks like right now for someone my age?

A:

You might want to let your netflix overlords know it isn't popping up in the new, recently added, or promotional spots. I only found it with the search.


Q:

If you didn't have a career in acting what do you think you'd be doing for a living?

A:

What are your top tips for avoiding an infestation in the first place?

(you can stop replying to me people, I have enough bedbug advice to last me a lifetime)


Q:

Holy cow, I only just realized that you're Meph! What an all-around interesting guy you are!

A:

Wow! Sean I havent talked to you in ages! How are you and your family!? 10 years ago me and you used to exchange forum posts on the subfighter.com >> UG/OG forums, my s/n was Dcastillo. I dont expect you to remember but its nice to see you are doing well brother. When I trained with Kevin (kimbo) back in 2005 at FFA in Miami he only had good things to say about you. Anyways I hope your well bruh.


Q:

I feel so terrible that parents have the worry that their child could be autistic. This is an area where I feel that our medical leaders have to do a much better job. During the decades that I've been a pediatrician, I've seen the number of children rise dramatically with the diagnosis of autism. There is a ton of evidence that this is not related to vaccines, but I am very concerned that it could be related to chemical exposure during pregnancy. We are exposed to so many endocrine disrupting chemicals in our personal care products, in cleaning products that can have all sort of effects on the developing child. It's why I feel deeply committed to reducing environmental exposures in children. For the past five years, I've been on the board of directors for Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) and I highly recommend you take a look there for suggestions on how to keep your house as safe and healthy as possible.

I don't think I'd worry about this yet (she's clearly indicated what she wants by her gaze.) One thing I would do is to spend a little time trying to teach her sign language. A 1-year-old can usually learn several signs like milk, blanket, flower, dog, etc. When she interacts with you and shows interest in the things you are sharing with her, that's a nice sign of her being at the appropriate level of social development.

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no he knows i'm an actor. But he thinks it's kind of stupid. haha! I suppose he's right!!!


Q:

As long as people are alive we will need plumbing. It's not a trade that will go anywhere. It pays quite well and we need young blood

A:

Doing press for a streaming show is very different from broadcast. With broadcast, they're all like "Coming soon..." "Coming real soon..." "Coming next week..."

With streaming, they don't want to talk about it until it's truly, actually LIVE on the site.


Q:

Probably working with children. That’s all I did before, I was a counselor for the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. So that was most of the kind of work I was doing from age 13 up until I became an actor.

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Weekly inspection of their "hot spots;" couch cushions, bed seems, box springs (especially in the corners nearest your head). You want to look for 4 things. 1. Clusters of small black spots (poop). 2. Somewhat white, somewhat transparent rice granules (eggs). 3. Yellowish shells in the shape of the bugs (exoskeletons or molts). 4. Most importantly, live bugs. Google is a great tool.


Q:

Yes, I'm Meph. You know DF? :D

A:

What up bro! Good to hear from you again.


Q:

Hi Dr. Karp,

Thanks for doing this AMA. I'm pregnant with my first child and was just gifted your Happiest Baby on the Block book by a friend of mine who swore it was the most important book she read when pregnant!

Question for you - should I be worried that I won't bond as well with my baby? I'm a bit concerned about a robot putting my baby to sleep.

A:

To what extent would you consider Andy Dwyer to be based off yourself?


Q:

Liquid "Plumber" and other chemicals. Effective or not worth the damage to the pipes?

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Q:

What do you think of Quentin Tarantino? Would you ever consider starring in one of his movies?

A:

How do bedbugs cause substantial economic damage?


Q:

So I get you don't spend much on your travels which is super cool. I guess I just wonder where you see yourself in say 5-10 years. Do you ever want to settle down? If you keep traveling and don't build up savings, what will you do for money later in life?

A:

Advice for people becoming cops who consider themselves to be of high moral fiber?


Q:

You got your question in at just the last minute!

It uses robotics, but I couldn’t think about SNOO any more differently. Helping your baby sleep well is one of the most loving, important things you can do as a parent. Studies show good sleep boosts brain development and cognitive abilities, makes children less prone to obesity later on in their lives. Other studies show that one of the best ways to bond with your baby is to respond immediately to their cries; that helps infants feel safe and confident you are there for them. So SNOO’s “responsive” technology that soothes a baby’s fussing actually re-enforces the parent/child bond your building. And finally, parents need sleep in order to give their all to raising kids…we need healthy parents to raise healthy, happy children!

SNOO might give parents a little break, but believe me - you will still hold and cuddle your baby all the time!!

Check out this article about building an early bond with your baby: https://www.happiestbaby.com/blogs/blog/build-a-strong-early-bond-with-your-baby

A:

Andy Dwyer is the personification of my comedic schtick. I have been making people laugh with that clown for years and years. Way before I ever did Parks and Rec. He not all of me. But I AM all of him, if that makes any sense.


Q:

Absolutely the worst thing you can do to a drain line

A:

Exactly. It just became available today.


Q:

He's a great film maker. My daughter actually worked for him on Django. He really wanted her to come back and continue to work with him. She said "Dad, he doesn't sleep!"

Yea, if he asked me, sure. Depends upon what it's about, gotta see what's on the page.

You know, going back to that, he did rewrites on Crimson Tide. He obviously didn't direct but he was one of the writers on the movie.

A:

In many situations they've invested items so deeply, that the only way to truly get the bugs out of the property is to throw away the infested items. We've gone so far as to do clean outs that include completely gutting the property, ripping up carpet, taking out doors, cabinets, etc.


Q:

In 5-10 years I'd either travel some more or do more specialized expeditions. But in 20 years... no. Probably not.

A:

Still do the right thing but ALWAYS COVER YOUR ASS!


Q:

Hi! I want to say your 5 S's is a life saver with my second child (his, not mine) so thanks!

So currently said second child is now 2 and seems to lose interest in eating after only about 5 bites. What's your best advice to stop us from resorting to the fried and sugary stuff kids love just to get him fed?

Edit- dropped a word

A:

What would you be probably doing had you not become an actor?


Q:

So the sink in my spare bathroom leaks. If I turn off both the hot and cold cutoff valves under the sink, it stops leaking, so it's been a dry sink for the last couple months. I've been meaning to call a plumber, but is this the kind of thing I can fix myself?

A:

What do you think about the giant robot fight between USA and Japan?


Q:

For someone who has never seen your work, what would you suggest they watch first?

A:

Can you allow a building to freeze and will it kill them?


Q:

If you were going to recommend ONE single (non-touristy) place that everyone should visit, where would it be?

A:

Can you do a backflip?


Q:

Two year olds are notoriously picky. They seem to survive just on air, bread, and cheese. In truth, they are gaining weight very slowly so they don't need a lot of calories. Usually you can wait them out a little rather than going right to fried and sugary stuff. You can also offer them a little healthy food first and then they can the more junky food afterwards. In general I find that even a two year old can help you a little bit with making the meal and the more they feel involved the more they can participate with eating. (Of course this is effective for kids four years and older.) One other thing is to hide healthy food in the food you are giving, like mixing pureed carrots and broccoli into pancakes. There's a great book called "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld that can give you some tips on this.

A:

If I hadn't become an actor in the way I did. (being discovered by a director, plucked from obscurity, etc) I would have continued to pursue stand up comedy. probably would have tried to become an actor that way.


Q:

Yes, you can fix it yourself. If by leaks you mean it constantly runs. (This would be easier with a picture of your faucet) the washers on the bottom of the valve stem are worn out. There are normally plastic caps in the top of the handles. Take them off, inside there will be a Phillips screw holding the handle on. Take the screw out and pull off the handle. While the water is off use a pair of pliers to take the nut that holds the stem in place off. The whole stem will come out of the faucet at this point. Take that stem with you to a hardware store and get a replacement washer (take the stem with you to match up the size of the new washer) if it is a ceramic disc style stem (you won't be able to see a washer) it's best to replace the stem. Look up a local faucet repair shop and they will be able to get new stems/seats for you.

Edit: you may have noticed a smell in that rest room. That is because you haven't been using it. There is a ptrap under that sink that is meant to be full of water to prevent sewer gasses from escaping the drain. Every once in a while you should go in there and run a little water. Just to keep that trap full and odor free

A:

It's going to happen. Just saw the guys last week and they're moving along. It's going to happen eventually.


Q:

I would suggest that they watch two. Fences and Man on Fire.

A:

It takes extreme and total freezing but yes, extreme heat or frost can kill them.


Q:

If everyone would visit it, would it still be non-touristy? :P

A place I'd recommend to everyone... I'd go with Sudan. Or Iran. Because of the prejudices against them, the evil middle eastern countries; while in reality the people there are the most hospitable I've ever met.

They are curious and interested about foreigners, will invite you into their homes for dinner or tea; listen to your story and tell you of their countries.

It would help so much, with all that right-wing nonsense going about in the recent times.

A:

Only with the support of a large crane.


Q:

We have a six month old who unfortunately got into the habit of sleeping with us, we are now trying to wean him of this habit and have tried the past two nights. It ended with us getting very little sleep and him screaming until he threw up. Can you suggest how we could get him to sleep?

A:

Are there any roles you regret taking/ not taking?


Q:

Sorry, I wasn't clear. It's the pipe/pipes under the sink that drips. So it leaks onto the floor rather than into the sink. :(

A:

Hi Grant,

What was your favorite thing to explode?


Q:

Denzel, I am a big fan of yours. My question is how did you psych yourself up for the "King Kong ain't got shit on me" scene in Training Day, and how much of it was ad lib?

Thank you sir!!

A:

I'm not sure if it's still your area of expertise, but if a cat/dog gets fleas, can they infest your bedroom on a permanent basis like bed bugs?


Q:

Even women?

A:

If you could choose a new walk out song - what would it be?


Q:

Yikes! This can definitely be challenging. It's very common for six-month-olds to prefer sleeping in bed with their parents (who can blame them?) Being by yourself in a quiet, dark room can feel a little lonely for a baby. Once children get to nine months of age, it becomes safe for allowing them to sleep with a small lovey to keep them company. But at this age, the first step I would take is to add white noise to the room every night. In fact, I would start the white noise an hour before bedtime and I would start darkening the house an hour before bedtime as well to give your baby's brain the signal that sleep is coming. There are a couple of ways of trying to do sleep training with children this age. One is called the "Cry It Out" technique where you literally walk out of the room and let your baby cry. Some recommend checking in every five minutes, some doctors recommend not going in until the morning. Another approach is the "Pick up, put down" routine, where you go to your child, pick them up and comfort them, but then put them back in bed once they are quieted and repeat until the baby falls asleep (sometimes fifty cycles later.) The good news is using these techniques, you can usually retrain your baby's sleep within 4-7 days, but the caveat is you have to do the techniques correctly or they can make matters worse. I don't mean to plug my own book, but there's a section in the "Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep." One last thing - you do want to establish a nice bedtime routine. Like I said, turning down the lights and turning up the white noise, as well perhaps a nice lullaby or recording, a nighttime massage, and singing to your baby. All of these things being repeated every night gives your baby the signal that when they begin to experience this, they will soon be going to sleep.

A:

No regrets. Ever. They all led me to here.


Q:

Replace the supply lines. You can get easy to use stainless steel lines from any hardware store. It can be a pain in the ass if you don't have a basin wrench but you can still get it done with effort. The wrench is designed for close quarters

A:

It's hard to say! Probably Homemade Diamonds. But each explosive is so different. C4 is really quick pop. ANFO is what you use to move big things. Gasoline makes pretty flames.


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That was an ad lib line, and I was developing and ad-libbing the scene as we went along, so we actually shot everybody else as I was working it out, and his whole thing was his ego, and I was getting real stuff from the real gangsters like shoe program and what that meant and all that stuff from the bloods, and from one take I just went off, and Antoine is like, “man, you know what you just said,” I said, “yeah”, and he said he wanted me to do it again. But purely it was his ego, Alonzo’s ego. If you look at the end of the movie again he’s getting out of the car and pointing with his key cause he’s trying to get out of the trunk where his guns are cause he’s still until the end not giving up, what did he say? I’m gonna win anyway.

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Absolutely. If you have a pet that goes in and outside you should be constantly checking that they are clear of bugs. Unfortunately our little buddies can't tell us when something is wrong. Be proactive, not reactive.


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Yes. Foreign women are treated as honorary men; they'd even have more access than men, because they can enter the men and women areas.

For example I never met many Iranian women; not even when I was invited into a home, because they stayed in their rooms. A female traveller could meet them.

A:

"I fought the Law...and the Law won."


Q:

Do you have any recommended reading for first-time breastfeeding mamas?

A:

Could Johnny Karate beat Starlord in a fight?


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I bought a house recently, and the master bath does not output any hotwater. If I move the lever to the hot side the water will just stop running, and conversely getting stronger the closer I get to full cold.

Also, I don't seem to have a shutoff valve anywhere for the master bath- is that common?

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Hi Grant,

What is your favourite book? I'm trying to find a good book for my son


Q:

Any plans for an Equalizer sequel??? Absolutely loved it!!!

A:

What is it about those little bastards that makes them so resistant to the chemicals and methods that work on virtually any other bug/pest?


Q:

How exactly does one bike across the Sahara?

A:

Is it true...that if you don't use it, you lose it?


Q:

There are several great books about breastfeeding. One cute one that I like is called, "So That's What They're For." The one piece of advice I would give you is to check with your OB to make sure that you don't have flat or inverted nipples. That's definitely something that can be helped take some simple steps now and can cause real problems if you don't.

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Not alone. But with his band of child ninjas, it would be close.


Q:

Remove the trim of the faucet. The circular disk that is right against the wall hides the shut off valves. Sounds like they didn't open the hot side. It'll be a flat head screw

A:

How old is he and what are his interests?


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We are working on the script. It will probably come out on the Fall of 2018, if we stay on schedule.

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Years of building resistance to common household sprays (raid, hot shot, bed bug be gone). Since the outlawing of ddt in the 70s we've been working on finding new materials to attack them without attacking "non-target animals." That would include pets, wildlife, humans, etc.


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There are three paved roads through it. 2 in Sudan, 1 in Mauretania.

A:

What if you didn't have it to begin with?


Q:

Is there any sort of sleep training you recommend for toddlers? My 19 month old is still nursing to sleep and while I don't always mind it, it makes it hard for my husband and other family members to get her to sleep.

I've never gotten the take her off the boob while drowsy but awake to work.

A:

Anna Faris from Scary Movie(s) or Anna Faris from The House Bunny?


Q:

What's the most disgusting thing you had to do in your line of work?

A:

Grant, don't know if you'll read this but you're seemingly active. Thanks so much for all you did in my thrusters, I loved it!


Q:

Do you prefer playing the villain or the hero?

A:

Was riding a bike under water as underwhelming as it sounds?


Q:

What are your thoughts regarding the UFC fighters wanting to form a union? What do you think of Dana white?

A:

There is a type of sleep training that I like a lot for toddlers. It isn't closing the door and letting them cry - it something much trickier. I call it "Twinkle Interruptus." It's a technique where you spend a week teaching your child to be more patient (using a Happiest Toddler technique called Patience Stretching) and then you incorporate that into her nighttime routine by interrupting your normal nighttime reading to her with short excursions out of the room (literally starting at 5 or 10 seconds and gradually increasing to a couple of minutes.) All the while, you have white noise playing in the room and you have your child holding her lovey. I know this sounds confusing if not cryptic, but it's a little complicated to review in this short format. The next time you're in a library or book store, you can take a look at a few pages in the Happiest Toddler book, or check out this article: http://www.babycenter.com/0_q-a-dr-karps-solutions-for-toddler-sleep-problems_10375754.bc


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Wow. that's a good question. like a kiss marry kill thing?

trick question. I'd marry and kiss them all. And I did!!!

A:

I had to lay an extension ladder on the ground above a sewage leak under a house and crawl on top of the ladder to keep myself out of the sewer and fix the leak


Q:

OH "my thrusters" = "MythBusters" LOLOLOLOLOLOL

A:

I like mixing it up. I don’t have a preference. I don’t want to. More heroes earlier on my career, and then when I did Training Day all I got offered was villains, I guess they didn’t know I had it in my, but I don’t have a preference. Good scripts.


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Kinda. I was doing my wreck certification (PADI) and there was an old bike that someone had thrown away next to the wreck. I had to do several dives at the site, mapping the wreck (and learning how to use Nitrox), so I had some time to play around with the bike.

Its more like swimming and slowly falling over while trying to sit on a bike.

A:

Dana White's been good to me personally, and done some really cool stuff for some friends of mine, and once even paid for a kidney transplant for the daughter of an impoverished coach in Thailand.


Q:

Hi! First thank you for the 5 S's and SNOO! We use both! I'm getting a little nervous as time goes on though, will my baby get addicted to Snoo's sound and motion?

A:

Would you and Eminem ever do a song together?


Q:

See stuff like this is why I hate plumbing. I can do most things but just plain don't want to. Thanks for letting me pay you to put up with this shit (heh).

A:

What is your favorite car you have driven and what do you have now?

What would be some potential myths you would have liked to test if you would not have been under the constraints of a family friendly show, or in short what nsfw myth would you have tested?


Q:

How did you start your career as an actor and was it the cliché struggle that everyone always talk about? Thanks.

A:

Do you ever get the urge to just sit inside for a week and read?


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The UFC stuff came first. The relegated him to desk duty over it, acted like he was medically unable to work on the streets. This is them actually firing him over the dirty cop stuff

A:

Thanks for the question! Motion and sound have an amazing ability to trigger a baby’s calming reflex in the first months of life – but a baby grows less dependent on these “4th trimester” sensations for sleep as time goes on. The SNOO app lets you gently wean the motion whenever you choose to (most parents do it at around 4-5 months). So, by the time the baby outgrows SNOO, they no longer need the swaddle and they’re ready to transition into a flat crib. (I recommend using sound all night for the entire first year…or longer.)


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He's been after me for years to do a song. wait, no? he doesn't know I exist? Oh. well.... probably not. simply because he wouldn't do it. haha! But I'd buy his cologne if he had one.

A:

I'm the same way about working on my car. I absolutely despise having grease on my hands


Q:

I used to have a Porsche Cayman. I miss that car. It never met a curve it didn't like at any speed. I miss my Toyota Tacoma truck. It was raised and had a lumber rack. I currently have a Tesla Model S. It's smooth and powerful, although a bit large for my taste.

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Interestingly enough I’m in San Francisco where my career sort of began. I studied for two years in NY, I went to Fordham, two years in the Bronx and then down to Lincoln Center and I knew that I didn’t have enough training yet, so I got into the American Conservatory Theatre here in San Francisco and I studied here, started on my masters here.


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I do that now and then. For example the Shadowrun books and the Wheel of Time took some time to read... but thanks to my ebook reader, I can do that on tour too. Take a day or two off, read. Or in the tent, in the evenings.

I just finished Peter F Hamiltons Commonwealth Saga.

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First off, you can't be forced off twice to begin with :)

I had filed legal action to returned to active street duty and began to release information (legally within the allowed parameters of Rules and Regs). They tried to stop me, so I gave MORE information they didn't want exposed and went to the FBI exposing a dirty cop. Then I was Relieved of Duty.

Regardless of the result of the first case, I was going to have my job afterwards, it was just my actual duties affected. The full medical tribunal from the Retirement board had already unanimously determined I couldn't be forcibly retired because there was nothing wrong with me. Now they're apparently doing a full court press to fire me after the whistleblower thing. It looks a little confusing because a lot happened this week, first one case, then me whistleblowing, them retaliating, me going to the FBI to try to prevent retaliation, them stepping up the retaliation. It's like a UFC fight where they're on their feet, then against the fence, then on the ground. Are they on the ground or on the fence? They're at different places at different times in the fight reacting to different actions.


Q:

Thank you for doing this and for your work! The 5 S's have been great for our 3.5 week old. What do you recommend for a baby who will only sleep while being held? Our daughter will respond to the S's and fall asleep in our arms, but wakes very soon after we try to put her down in the bassinet. I even wait awhile to ensure she's in a deep sleep. I wish we could afford your SNOO, but it's just not feasible for our budget. Any tips to avoid co sleeping?

Also, what are your thoughts on baby wearing with wraps like the Ktan?

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What is your favorite song to absolutely rock-out too? Favorite song to cry to?


Q:

Is there a special way to determine where pipes are creaking from hot water expansion? and if I find them what type of brackets should I use to secure them?

anytime I turn on the hot water you can hear creaking in the wall but it's really hard to pinpoint exactly where.

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Do you have the autopilot?

Have you hacked the car in any way?


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Hi Denzel, I'm a huge fan of yours, and I'm also a student at your alma mater, Fordham. Was just wondering what your time was like here, if you have any cool Fordham stories, and when the next time you plan on visiting is?

A:

Kudos for getting through a Wheel of Time. I'd sooner get through a wheel of cheese, that series is so long. Sort of like Boatmurdered.


Q:

American dad or family guy?

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I love baby-wearing (it gives babies several of the 5 S's all at once and it's wonderful for parents to feel your baby satisfied and so close.) I strongly recommend against bed-sharing and encourage you to use snug swaddling with the arms down and the right type of white noise all night as a way to imitate the womb and encourage better sleep.


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To rock out to.... Pantera Vulger Display of Power To cry to... Pantera Vulger Display of Power

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That's because they didn't drill a hole big enough. The only way to stop it is to find the tight fit cut the pipe out and make a bigger hole. You're 100% right that it's expansion. Probably sounds like water dripping in the wall. Cheapest route is to just deal with it. It won't cause any problems


Q:

I tried an early version of autopilot. Decided I would wait for a later software update. I am happy with how the car works now. No need to hack it LOL

A:

I went for two years up at Rose Hill trying to figure out what to do in life, started off pre med, then I said I’ll become a lawyer, then I said I would become a journalist, but really all I was doing was flunking out, and then I ended up working up in Lakeville, CT at a YMCA camp and I did a little skit for some kids and someone mentioned, you ever thought about acting? So I went back to Fordham, I transferred to the Lincoln Center campus and I started taking an acting class, and that’s how it started. So even with my own kids, I said a liberal arts education is ok. You don’t have to know at 18 what you’re gonna do for the rest of your life and you know how it is in college you gotta declare something, well I’m not a doctor, but I played one. hahahaha.


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Now that I think of it, I didnt... I got book 1-10, which were all that existed at the time. I never finished it, reading the books written by the second author, after Jordan died.

Boatmurdered is cool, its what brought me to DF.

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Family Guy all day.


Q:

How does the SNOO work? How long did it take you to conclude that this particular noise/rocking would work? Did the crib rocking alone not do the trick, it was the noise? It almost sounds like the whooshing of an MRI machine.

A:

What can we expect in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?


Q:

A few days ago, I accidentally flushed a plastic fork. I haven't had any issues so far, but should I be worried? Should I report it to building maintenance or something?

A:

No need to hack it LOL

This is not the Grant I know and love.


Q:

What is something someone in your life has said, that you've kept with you- and has made a positive impact on your life?

A:

You should finish wheel of time. Sanderson did a pretty damned good job with it.


Q:

All those hits must have caused some brain damage eh?

A:

Horses can run on the first day of life. When they're born, they never get stuck by their heads, they only get stuck by their bodies. That's how they survived. They survive because they have strong bodies that can run the first day of life. But our babies survive because of their beds. It is a head that is as big as can be, but can still sneak out after 9 months although it is a very tight fit. In an odd sort of way, the best way to think our babies is that they're born three months before they are really ready for the world and they need what I call a "fourth trimester" of holding, rocking, and feeding.

The curious thing is that if you do that in just the right way, you're actually imitating the baby's experience in the womb and turning on an amazing response called the calming reflex. The thing about reflexes is that they only work if you trigger them exactly right. If you hit the knee but you're off by two inches, you don't get half a reflex. It's all or nothing. And the same thing is true with the noise and rocking to turn on the calming reflex. It's even a bit more complex than that because you need slightly different rocking and sound depending on the baby's level of upset. Gentle rocking and soft shushing is great for a sleeping baby, but there's nothing for a crying baby. Jiggly rocking and high-pitched white noise is great for a crying baby, but irritating for a sleeping baby. SNOO recognizes when the baby is crying and when the baby is sleeping and tailors the response to the baby's need. One other thing that I'm particularly proud about is we've created a new type of swaddle blanket that's super easy to use and more importantly, for the first time, we can put babies on their back and know that they can't roll over in the middle of the night. For the first six months, parents can rest assured that the baby will stay in a safe position all night long.

Ultimately, I concluded on the right type of noise and rocking to use by observing thousands of babies and noting what would work in different situations.

Here's a quick link that discusses how SNOO works a bit more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb3HbpkHgyM


Q:

bigger and better in every way

A:

Yes. The fork may not have made it out of the toilet. Take a big wad of toilet paper and flush it. If the toilet stops up the fork is stuck in the toilet and will continue to cause problems. If you are able to flush multiple wads of toilet paper I wouldn't worry


Q:

Though it is basically a giant robot, safety first!

A:

My mother said, "Keep it simple." It took me a long time, wading through a lot of stuff, to realize how much of it you don't need. I don't even mean material, professionally, I've said this before, Sidney Poitier told me, "if they see you for free all week, they won't pay to see you on the weekend." So don't be everywhere for everybody. This is an age when we think the more you're seen, the better. In the movie business, that's not the case. Prime example, when is the last time you've seen Daniel Day Lewis? Right? Lincoln. Last movie did 3-400 million. That's the movie game. You want people to say, "where is he?" Like you just said, "When's Equalizer?" Those are two good things. Keep it simple.


Q:

You think I can find a summary of the first 10 books somewhere? Its been 8 years since I read them... ;)

A:

Yup, it helps me identify with him. He's the smarter, wiser older brother I always wish I had.


Q:

All of your tips were so helpful when my girl was a newborn! She's now 13 months old and will only nurse to sleep or fall asleep while driving, we cosleep and she nurses a lot in her sleep. What is the best way to gently get her to sleep on her own without nursing? Preferably with zero crying. My goal is to continue cosleeping but just not the night nursing part. Also it would be nice if others could put her to bed. If she falls asleep while not in the car without nursing she'll wake up after 10 mins crying to nurse.

A:

Hey Chris, big fan here! What do you miss most about working on Parks and Rec? What was the hardest part about working on Passengers?


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I recently re-floored my upstairs bathroom with vinyl locking tile. I slightly lifted my toilet just enough to slide the tiles under(very slight). Ever since then, I've been hearing this back up sound through my pipes and to my sump every once and a while. Did I possibly break something while elevating the toilet? It sounds like a gurgling sound about twice a day.

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Hey Grant! I met you a few years ago after I had cancer. I was the dude who worked at reddit and came by to meet you and the rest of the build team. I gave you guys some reddit stickers, and you stuck one on the toolbox in the Mythbusters shop. You were super nice to me and said you hoped my recovery would go well.

Just wanted to let you know I'm almost 3 years in remission. :)

Hope you're doing well, too!


Q:

Having done Fences on stage as a play and now as a film what do you think is the most difficult part to transition and is there anything you feel was lost/gained because of the change from stage to screen?

A:

I see that you were robbed at gunpoint and bitten by/wrestled an alligator. Could you elaborate at all on these please?


Q:

Although you won the Kimbo fight, you came out looking like a catchers mitt. How long did that take to get you back looking normal?

A:

Thank you so much!

Check out "Twinkle Interruptus" in another response here. There's a whole bunch of new tips for children 8 months to five years of age to build emotional resilience, patience, and cooperation (and to prevent temper tantrums) in "The Happiest Toddler on the Block."


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I miss the cast and crew. I miss my friends. I miss the commute. I miss the fact it was a steady gig, all comedy, and took me 7 minutes to get to work.

The hardest part of working on Passengers would be the schedule. There were only two of us primarily through the whole shoot and we worked incredibly long hours. I was homesick a lot of the time. It was a grind.

A:

No you moving the water closet has absolutely no effect on your drain. It might have broken the wax seal, but you would see water on the floor if that happened. A gurgle in the toilet is a sign of a partial stoppage in your sewer line. If I were you I would let it ride until it stops up. But I can fix my own issues. If you have another water closet in the house, flush it and then go back to the problem closet. If the water in the bowl is moving that proves you have a stoppage. You can either rent a sewer machine and be very careful while using it (the machine can break you, literally, it can put you in the hospital) or you need to call a professional.


Q:

Hey man! Congrats!! BTW I still have that Reddit sticker on my toolbox.

A:

One of the challenges were the transitions. In a play it's lights out, the curtain comes. You can't do that but it opened up other opportunities to stay with the character that were left on stage in the play. It was a process. It was a slow process. Was anything lost or gained? Yea, probably! That's just the nature of it. You might lose a little, it’s a motion picture now. Some of the story is just told in what you see. You won't have to say it all.


Q:

Can you remind me in a few days? Those are longer stories and there are... a few more questions I have to answer. I dont want to write a short answer now, which leaves out most of the details.

A:

12 years and counting and I still don't look normal. Although to be completely accurate, it's 40 something years without looking normal total


Q:

Why did you become a pediatrician? I have a friend in high school that wanted to become one but she is starting to reconsider. What gives you the inspiration to do your job?

A:

How has your past as an overweight, comedic character played influenced your growth as an actor, especially now that you're considered one of the sexiest Hollywood stars?


Q:

My house used to be a duplex so we have two of everything. The water upstairs has stopped working but I'm having trouble finding where the lines leading upstairs are. What's the best way to trace it without tearing walls apart. And what could be the cause?.

A:

Hey Grant 3 years ago when you did an AMA with Tori and Kari I asked you if you would build an Ironman suit and you replied with: EVERY. DAY.

So my question is, Hows your progress?


Q:

I have two questions.

What is your most "useless" skill?

and

What is your favorite song that you listen to to hype you up?

A:

Were there moments in your travels where you thought you would die? If so what's the strangest reason you would've died from in your travels?


Q:

How do you think you'd have done against Tank Abbott?

Also thanks for your service, what of it you have been allowed to do for the last 20~ years.

A:

I appreciate the question!

Check out my answer in response to /u/gusmoreno15.


Q:

no vanity in comedy understanding the element of my job in where I am a prop

i was confident and in good shape when i first came to LA but nobody would cast me in any well written roles. People assumed based on my looks i was an asshole and a one trick pony. I only auditioned to play the douchebag characters. my audition material would be like "Bradley, 24, you hate him immediately"

int. locker room. Bradley looks to our hero, squints his eyes, runs his hands through his thick gelled and frosted tipped hair and says, "Fuck you pussy."

that would be my audition. "Fuck you pussy." welcome to the OC bitch.

They never let me improv or do comedy. It wasn't until I built a shlubby exterior, which stood in stark contrast to my inner confidence that people gave me room to play. ,

A:

I've never heard of the water just not working. Sounds like there's debris in the stop valves. Take them off and clean them out


Q:

I built one of the gauntlets for a project I did with Mouser Electronics (for whom I am their "Celebrity Engineer" spokesman). It had a working laser that popped out the forearm and was able to pop a balloon across the room. So... pretty good so far.

A:

Useless skill:

My most useless skill is making coffee. No, that’s useful. A useless skill, meaning a skill that has no use. How do you develop it if it’s useless? I don’t know. I’m trying to be useful. Useless? A useless skill?

favorite song to hype yourself up:

Depends upon what I’m doing. I saw Ludacris the other day in Atlanta. In different movies I’ll get into a particular artist. I’ve used Mary J Blige when I was doing a darker movie Courage in the Fire, and some of her music just helped me with that. When I did Magnificent 7 I used War because they have some kind of cowboy stuff, “Southern part of Texas” was one and “Gypsy Man” was a couple of songs, bands from the 80s, 70s. It depends I gotta find that vibe and it gives me a certain feeling that I like. Training Day ugh, whatever I wanted to. It was just filthy.


Q:

When I was young and stupid (now I'm older and stupid), I did climb free-solo a bit. My foot-hold broke off while climbing on a canyon wall in Jordan, near Petra. Luckily I didn't fall, because I had a good hold with both hands, but that was close; since it was almost 90m off the ground.

I wedged myself into a nook afterwards for 10-15mins, hands shaking. I didnt make the top, I climbed back down into the valley.

Strangest reason to die... eating fugu in Japan?

A:

By MMA math, I beat a guy that beat him...but it don't always work out that way in real life and he was one hell of a brawler. The one thing I could guarantee is that it would be a hell of an entertaining fight.


Q:

Thanks for doing this AMA, Dr. Karp. I am very intrigued by the SNOO Smart Sleeper, but the price point (understandably) is rather steep. Will Happiest Baby consider making products that are more affordable to the everyday parent?

A:

~15 years ago you were living in your van on a beach in Hawaii, jobless, listening to Dre's 2001 everyday.

Do you ever miss anything about those days? Simpler times, being able to go anywhere you want without fear of paparazzi, etc.


Q:

My bathrooms shower/tub faucet drips constantly at a steady drop or two every 3 seconds, what can i do to fix it?

A:

Would you consider building a power assisted suit? Mini-electric motors, cables, carbon fibre and aluminum frame covered in level III/IV ballistic plates?

That'd be close enough wouldn't it? Also, a 50lb backpack full of LiPo's (or an ultracapacitor array)


Q:

Mr. Washington, Thank you for taking the time to do an AMA, looking forward to seeing your performance in Fences. I was wondering what is the best way of getting nerves to work for you rather than against you in a performance?

A:

Excellent and inspiring work! I did a 2,700 mile bike tour this summer from Chicago to Portland. I found that I was burning so many calories that I had to eat nonstop. This was the biggest blow to my budget. What kind of meals/snacks do you eat to keep such a modest budget? Also, do you carry a stove and fuel? Thanks for the info and have a great upcoming tour; I am jealous.


Q:

If a fella met a fella in a field of fitches cud a fella tell a fella if his belly itches, how many fs in that?

A:

We definitely want to bring the price down to make SNOO affordable to many more parents and we will be working on that over the next year or two. In the meantime, using SNOO for 6 months means that it costs less than $7 a day to have 24/7 help calming your baby’s cries, getting more sleep and knowing that your little one is protected all night from rolling to a risky position. And, some families are registering for SNOO on Baby List, which lets friends and family chip in or taking advantage of our 3, 6 or 12 month payment plan.

Of course, we have books and DVDs that are much more accessible.


Q:

That was such an amazing time in my life. There are elements I miss. Perhaps most of all, uncertainty.

A:

You need to replace the washers on the stems, possibly the seats too. For more DIY instructions in need a photo of your faucet and you will need to purchase seat wrenches (possibly)


Q:

You... may be on to something there.

A:

Sometimes nerves are good for you. I still get nervous, it’s ok, that means you’re alive. The only thing to fear is fear itself, so that’s a part of it. Being fearful is a part of it, but keep going. There was a saying fall down seven times, get up eight, so just keep going. We all have fear. Believe me I have as much as anybody else and we all have to face them. Face your fears.


Q:

Hey, that question I just got. I'll copy the answer, hope thats ok. :)

Snacks, yes, a lot. And local foods. Eating in restaurants or street food is great in third world countries, in the first world I stick to supermarkets mostly. I do cook in hostel kitchens, if I have the chance, but I dont carry cooking gear while camping. Food is mostly selected based on calories... the more the better. Chocolate, chocolate milk, nuts, peanut butter, energy/protein bars, dates, avocados, that sort of thing. Fats, proteins. :)

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I don't give an f!


Q:

Hi Dr. Karp. My son was a very fussy infant when trying to get him to sleep. The only way to get him to sleep was lying someone, until I found a swing he liked and we could get him to sleep in there for 4-5 hours sometimes. Then, he turned four months and he generally stopped sleeping for those long stretches. He will now only sleep in 2 hour intervals in the swing and 45mins in the crib. His naps are only 30 mins in length and he naps roughly every hour. I would like him to sleep in the crib and have proper naps in there, but tends to cry and make a fuss when put in the crib. For example, when putting him in the crib for the night we have to repeatedly pick up and put down to soothe him for about an hour, some times longer. What would you recommend to get him sleeping in the crib for lengthy stretches of time?

A:

You're awesome man.

Got any guilt or just general thoughts for taking this sweet lead role in Passengers considering Keanu Reeves had been trying to get the script made for like 6-7 years?


Q:

Have you ever had people invite you to join their holiday parties, meals if you're over fixing their toilets/sinks?

A:

Hey Grant!! On a scale from 1-10, how excited are you for Rogue One!?!


Q:

Do you still play basketball regularly? and who is the most famous person you have played with?

A:

Hey man ! I'm 19 and I've started saving up for a trip somewhere, I still don't know where, and this was one of my main questions. Was food covered by your $10k budget ? Have you ever worked in any of those countries you visited ? I'm super interested in all of that and will also look at your website when I get home.


Q:

When you had him in the standing choke hold around 1 minute in and they started closing in on you. Was it because they were making sure you stopped when he went unconscious or because they felt it was against their rules?

A:

I'm running out of time, but check out my response to /u/HOU5976 above as well as this article: https://www.happiestbaby.com/blogs/blog/nap-fails-get-daytime-sleep-back-on-track


Q:

Keanu Reeves is awesome. John Wick is the shit. He's been killing it for so long. And hes a great humanitarian.

A:

Yea, many times. Have been called out to a party then asked to stay


Q:

1 MILLION. From the first moment I saw the trailer, it was like I was right back in my childhood. Plus, I've known John Knoll since I was at ILM. He's a good guy and he gets it. CAN'T WAIT.

A:

I don’t play ball anymore, those days are over, and I grew up in a town called Mount Vernon NY, and as you know coming from Brooklyn we had some good ball players, like the Williams brothers, Gus won a championship with Seattle, his brother Ray was a point guard for the Knicks. The most famous person…well I’ve hung up my knees so my ball days are over, so I didn’t get a chance to play with the president, that would be interesting. Cause he kept saying he was gonna serve me, and the NY ego was like hey you better check with us down here, check with the knees.

I don’t know who is super big. When I first got to LA, the hollywood high school they would have different celebrities, but a lot of the biggest named guys didn’t play, they just talked a lot. Arsenio played, but not a big big star. Who is the best movie star player? I rest my case. My days are over. In my time it was me, hahaha.


Q:

I did work a bit in Australia, they make it very easy for backpackers to get jobs. I think the minimum wage is $23 atm.

Otherwise you can go to Japan or Korea, to teach English.

A:

It was a 100% legal technique, they had requested groundfighting be banned, standing submissions (like the guillotine) were completely legal. And I don't think they were trying to cheat, just confused about the rules and trying to protect their fighter.


Q:

It seems like the baby's head shakes really hard in the SNOO. Is that safe?

A:

If you could have played any character from a film ever, who would you pick?


Q:

The plastic drain pipe underneath my sink have a leak. They have the plastic fitters on the joints that hand tighten. I've tried a few different times fixing it but it still leaks. Should it be replaced?

A:

Do you feel any schadenfreude since Tory Belleci will be doing an AMA on the 16nth instead of seeing the movie?


Q:

Hey Denzel!

Longtime fan here and I’m looking forward to Fences.

First off, thank you for everything you do to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Growing up, I went there every day after school, and I’ve got to think that doing that helped shaped me into a better person. So thanks!

I do have a question though: How are you feeling about the Cowboys going into the playoffs this year? If it was your decision, would you start Romo or Prescott?

A:

I have a dream of traveling the world, however I'm disabled (and 16). I don't want to let it stop me but I also can't walk more than half a mile without fainting (even with the assistance of my cane). Any advice for a sick kid who spends her time wasting away in the hospital?


Q:

Anyway an underemployed MA lawyer can help you?

I know you are represented, maybe you can direct-message me your firm's contact info. Just want to help/volunteer...

A:

Like you, some parents have told us that it looks really odd to see a baby’s head jiggle back and forth. It may surprise you to learn that this jiggle is a key part of the 5 S’s calming method! In fact, for many babies the jiggle is absolutely essential for turning on the calming reflex. That’s why so many parents dance with their fussy babies, bounce on yoga balls, go for quick walks, or go on a car ride and try to jiggle their baby by hitting every speed bump and pot hole in sight. SNOO is using the same ideas. My entire career is devoted to the safety and health of babies, so SNOO is absolutely engineered for safety. The bed platform only moves about 0.25 inch in each direction!!!


Q:

Jim Preston Passengers Opens December 21st!!

Thanks guys thats my time.

A:

Yes get a new one from a hardware store. The beveled washers that come with it create the seal, the nut is tightened down to push the washer into place. Get it hand tight and then give it a 1/4 turn with a pair of pliers. Don't over tighten it as you can break the nut


Q:

HAHAHA ALL PART OF MY PLAN

A:

That's what you call Champagne Problems. You know Romo is ready to go, I'm sure he's looked at all the footage from Peyton Manning last year, it's his turn. I think you stick with the horse right now and allow Tony to continue to heal. He'll be ready, he is ready, and right now he's an asset. He's the best thing for him right now, to work with him and he seems to be very unselfish about it. I like what the owner is saying, he says, "I'll know it when I see it”

Call me Jerry.


Q:

yes, but probably not in a Reddit AMA. Get in touch with me with more info, and I can see what I can come up with. Write me an email, I'll PM you. :)

A:

My attorney isn't handling my whistleblower stuff. Meet me in front of FBI headquarters today at 1:00pm, 201 Maple St, Chelsea, MA. Read up on whistleblower protections first.


Q:

Hello Dr. Karp! Thanks for doing this AMA!

Since you are a huge proponent of swaddling, what are your thoughts about the AAP's recent guideline to stop swaddling at 8 weeks/2 months old? Most parents I know "break the swaddle habit" much later, when baby starts rolling back to tummy during the day. Is this just overly cautious? Is there another "method" of swaddling that may be more appropriate for older babies that still has the comforting closeness of the traditional swaddle?

I was surprised to see the recommendation to stop swaddling so young, because the swaddle was really key for my daughter until she started rolling at 3.5 months!

A:

Will you and your wife ever do a movie together where you're both leading? I think you're both talented and would make an exceptional screen-team!


Q:

My dishwasher often has ponding water in the bottom. What do you suggest?

Thank you for this, not enough people realize how important clean water is to society. I mean it's taken for granted.

Edit* thanks for all the great answers!

A:

I saw a set of pictures showing practical effects in Star Wars prequels.

Are you in this picture? How was working there?


Q:

Who's your favorite director that you've worked under?

A:

Are the adventures worth not making lifelong bonds with specific individuals?

My life has come to a point where I'm no longer happy. And have lost most of my lifelong friends due, I suppose to changes in my own attitude. So is it worth giving up on that to look at stuff I cant experience here?


Q:

I hear Rizin is putting on some crazy fights. Maybe you could fight the BPD there. All jokes aside, what is your twitter handle so I can follow you?

A:

Thanks for this question.

You're so right - it is way too early to stop swaddling a baby at two months. The peak of SIDS is between 2 and 4 months of age. That's the most important time for babies to stay on the back and snug swaddling plus white noise helps them by less wiggly and more likely to sleep on the back without rolling over. However, once a baby is starting to roll over, that is a signal to stop the swaddling because we don't want swaddled babies sleeping on their stomachs. That was one of our important goals with SNOO which has a special swaddle blanket that secures to safety clips to prevent accidental rolling and keep babies safely on their back all night.


Q:

yes we will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A:

There should be a tall loop in the drain from the dishwasher to your sink. If It is just laid on the bottom of the cabinet then that's why the water is pooling


Q:

Yep, that's me working on a hangar bay. It was an awesome time in my life. Just wrote a post about it on the MythBusters Facebook page.

A:

I've learned so much from so many of them, I wouldn't pick one. I mean I love Tony Scott, God rest his soul. I've had great success with Spike and Ed Swick. Obviously great success with Antoine Fuqua, those are the ones that I just mentioned. I love and miss Tony. One of the best filmmakers is really...I'm going to say everybody and all the ones I leave out are going to be pissed but...c’est la vie. That's a good group right there. I'm sure I left out somebody.


Q:

I don't think those are mutually exclusive. You can have friends, family, girlfriend, even with adventures. But don't think that you'd automatically happy if you leave and run away from your life.

I see that a lot in outdoor/travel... people are unhappy with their life, think that going away would magically fix it. It does not.

A:

I guess I'll have to make one. I wasn't allowed to speak for 10 years, what was the point? Any suggestions? I don't want to have a stupid sounding Twitter handle.


Q:

Im a huge PJ fan and loved that andy was also, was that your idea or the writers idea? are you a big fan?

A:

What's the weirdest reason for a call you've ever had?


Q:

Hi Grant,

Congrats on your engagement! You seem to have a brilliant electrical and mechanical mind but something we do not see much of is your programming mind. Do you enjoy programming and if so which languages?

A:

Which place on Earth would you like to visit that you haven't been to?


Q:

We're getting the highlights of his bike journey. I'm sure there were days of rain, snow, hail, poor food and frozen extremities where he went "what THE FUCK was I thinking". But you get through those moments and enjoy the spaces in between. I tree plant in BC and thats my experience at life.

If you go into a travel situation thinking everything is easy, it's going to be fun and you'll never have a bad day, man you are wrong. Gotta be realistic and accept those shit days and keep on.

Personally the friends part of your question hits home, when you leave home for extended periods of time, your friends and family puts down roots while you're out chasing rides. I very much enjoy tree planting and traveling on my own because I feel free. And I've always made friends where ever I end up sleeping that night.

A:

unrelated to other things, how hard did Kimbo hit?


Q:

love Pearl Jam! Growing up in Washington i have a very real connection to that music. I was at an impressionable time when it hit. So it will always have a place in my heart.

A:

Hmm I don't know about the weirdest reason for a call. But I once had to tell a man his wife was cheating on him and then charge him for it.


Q:

Thanks! I usually leave programming to the end, since I find it pretty straightforward. I like it because it's pretty clean and easy to modify. Moving a hole on a piece of aluminum or re-soldering a circuit board is an extra level of pain in the ass. I can program most variations of BASIC in my sleep, and I'm reasonably good with C but I need to get better.

A:

Hmm. I was just watching something on Istanbul that looked interesting. I’ve been lucky to go so many places, hmmm. I don’t know. Any suggestions?


Q:

True.

I guess I could make a post just about the negative sides of travelling, maybe the cynics will like it. :D

A:

VERY hard, but he lacked the experience to hit the "sweet spots" that "push the button" to put you to sleep. That means he can re-arrange your face without putting you down if you're a determined man with a good chin and a high pain threshold. Being a knockout artist is as much about accuracy as power.


Q:

Was it difficult to control the raptors on the set of JURASSIC WORLD? Did you have any prior training in order to not get hurt by them? It must have been pretty scary. Was it scary? I bet it was.

A:

He found condoms or some other form of birth control in the sewer line. I guarantee it. Every plumber I ever worked with told me the same exact story.


Q:

Hi Grant,

How did you get started in hobby electronics and do you still find time to build personal projects and the like? If not, do you miss it?

A:

What is your favorite food to snack on?


Q:

What's the best item/s that everyone should have if they want to travel the world?

A:

Even though you can lay the smack down with your fists quite well, what's your firearms of choice? (I'm a big gun guy)


Q:

haha! Yes. It's amazing i made it out alive. The sequel shoots in a fewmonths. I already have nervous diahrea, diarreah, diarreeah, how the fuck do you spell that? anyways. Yeah. I"m probably gonna die on the sequel.

A:

Hundreds of condoms in a septic tank


Q:

When I started in hobby electronics, you had to subscribe to magazines for new project ideas, Radio Shack still had millions of electronics parts, and there was no internet. It was not as easy then as it is now, since there's a huge online maker community.

I have a personal shop where I make things for myself and friends. Recently, I made a Ghostbusters reboot pack scaled down for my friend's 6-year-old daughter.

A:

For real? Häagen-Dazs Ice cream. Cherry Vanilla, number 1, Chocolate, number 2, and Butter Pecan, number 3.


Q:

Passport, credit card, wifi-able device, ebook reader, a buff, your towel (never leave without your towel), notebook & pen, and a good attitude. :)

A:

I'm issued a weapon I have to use, so I try to stick to it. Carry an identical weapon off duty (or used to) so I don't have to train two different sets of reflexes. But if you're big on the gun forums, could you do me a favor? Could you have them point out how wrong it is to seize the civilian Carry permit and personal firearm from the clean cop but not the dirty one he exposed? I'm glad this is shedding light on just how arbitrary, petty and silly some of these Carry license situations are. They're about to get the perfect test case rammed up their butts!


Q:

I'm going to make a change.org petition to make you fat again. Will you sign it?

A:

Have you ever had a "porn scene" unfold in front of you and actually gone through with it?

Very interesting AMA, thank you!


Q:

Shop tour?

A:

What's a buff?


Q:

If you could have ANY food, for free, for 3 meals a day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A:

my wife would! haha!


Q:

Yes and no. I had a woman who I promise wanted to get a good pounding. But I couldn't act because of sexual harassment shit. If she had grabbed me it would have been on

A:

I have a Ricoh Theta S 360 camera. I'll post some pictures later on my FB page!


Q:

a tube scarf, which doubles as almost anything... towel, bandage, hat, sun protection, wash cloth...

A:

I hope I don't get to find out in prison by the end of this.


Q:

Hey Chris! I've been a big fan of yours since Parks and Rec! Just a quick question, who did you have more fun acting as: Andy Dwyer or Peter Quill? Thanks for taking the time out to do this!

A:

DragonCon again next year?


Q:

Hey OP, you can get small solar chargers for less than 30 bucks Canadian that power small devices. Hella recommend adding one to that list !

A:

So, when I first heard this story, you were dismissed for underground fighting. Why is this story back and why is it different from the original narrative?


Q:

More fun? Andy Dwyer. We got to do whole scenes, over and over. It was more stage play. Lots of improv. Guardians of the Galaxy is so fun to watch, don't get me wrong, but making it can be excruciatingly slow and painstaking. When you have so many elements working at once, you might spend all day shooting a piece of the movie that will last 10 seconds.

A:

Possible! Unless I go back to Burning Man.


Q:

Bike dynamos are a bit better; but I did try a solar charger on the silk road. They work great, if you have the space/time for them. :)

A:

You seemed to be very confused.

So, when I first heard this story, you were dismissed for underground fighting.

Never remotely happened, they couldn't even bring me up on any charges because I did all the paperwork necessary for a charity fight (all profits from the DVD sales were donated to St. Jude's Children's Hosptial). They could however ban me from telling the media it was a charity fight so I was portrayed as a barbarian instead.

Why is this story back and why is it different from the original narrative?

It's probably different form your original narrative because your original narrative has no basis in reality.


Q:

Hi Chris. Would you be willing to play my wife in a biopic I'm shooting for myself? You would have to wear a wig and have sex with me.

A:

i'm always amazed by your builds in mythbusters simple or complex. i always enjoy your work. so my question is at what age did you start building robots? what inspired you to build one? are you still creating battle bots?


Q:

How many countries have you been to? Also, one that you are dying to go back to and one that you never want to see again.

A:

yes


Q:

Started building when I was very young. LEGO is a tremendous tool. As I got older and more experienced, my access to tools got better, and the robots became more complex. Retired from BattleBots. Currently.

A:

141 of 193 (according to the United Nations)

Japan I really want to see again.

Lebanon, not really. Worst experience I had there; getting robbed at gun-point.


Q:

Hey Chris, you've inspired me to lose weight because funny guys can be sexy shirtless too.

So my question is: how has getting into shape changed your life? Also is having maintain your physique harder than losing the weight?

A:

Hi Grant!

Long time MythBusters fan and have caught you speak at a couple cons!

My question is, do you enjoy playing any video games in your down time?


Q:

.have language barriers ever posed a challenge? .in very remote areas of some countries, for example?

A:

Funny guys can be sexy shirtless. But realness is more important. Exercising for health, overall physical and spiritual well being I highly recommend. Doing it to look good naked is cool, but hardly worth the sacrifice. Work on being funny before sexy. lots of women think funny is sexy anyway.


Q:

Not much down time these days. I'm an old school FPS guy, using mouse and keyboard. Just started playing Overwatch. Currently, JunkRat is my favorite character to play. (But I'm trying to learn all the others too.)

A:

Yes, especially in countries that have a language that has a different alphabet. Like Arabic or Chinese. That makes it extra difficult.

But often enough, smile and wave works wonders. And Google Translate. ;)


A:

Well hey, at least it's not Mei


Q:

.do you speak any languages other than English?

A:

haha! That was during Everwood which we shot in Utah. I don't remember that shirt. I'm not BYU Alumni. I think that picture was taken at a fan signing event or something. That shirt must have been a gift or something. I honestly don't remember.


Q:

Mei takes too long. I like to move around a lot.

A:

Yes, German and Spanish. I can understand, mostly in written form, some French, Italian and Portuguese, but I can barely catch it when its spoken... pronounciation too different from text.


Q:

Good morning from another PNW native (Tigard, OR)!

What was the most challenging aspect of working on Passengers?

Also, what's your favorite thing about the PNW?

Have a good one! -Alyssa

A:

You should try Lucio then!


Q:

What has been the best meal you've had from any place you've been?

A:

hello!

Favorite thing about the PNW is the hard earned summers. Going to the river and floating down with some beers. I love when Mt. Rainier is out. I love the way everything and everyone slows down to feel the sun on their face when it first breaks in summer. Usually you've been through 100 days or more in a row of rain and mistiness.


Q:

Lucio is so annoying hard to hit.

A:

Probably any meal I've eaten when I've been really starving. ;)

Otherwise I'd go with takoyaki in Japan. I love those.


Q:

Loved parks and rec, actually know Aubrey Plaza from summer camp(she was good friends with one of my sister's) Do you have a favorite moment of working with Aubrey?

A:

What sort of things were you able to do on this new show that weren't possible on MythBusters? And/Or, how will White Rabbit Project be different from MythBusters?


Q:

What are the three tools you brought with you that you were most thankful for? (like trapped on a desert island what would you bring?)

A:

I had the best time working with Aubrey. My favorite moments with her were when she would let her guard down, (it didn't happen that often) and I got to see what a sweet and caring person she is. It's not dissimilar to the April character.


Q:

We are able to delve deeper into our stories. Also, we get to be "inside" of the re-creations. For example, I walk through a prison and ride in a helicopter as I talk about Pascal Payet, the guy who broke out of prison with a helicopter.

A:

Thats two very different questions. :D

Tools I have with me, that I'm most thankful for:

  • Kindle

  • Chess board

  • GPS

Things I'd bring to a desert island:

  • Satellite phone

  • SPOT GPS tracker

  • water filter


Q:

How is Jennifer Lawrence?

What's your best memory of working with your mates in your movies and tv shows?

Top 5 movies and shows?

You're a very lovable actor and you've lost alot of weight! I'm trying to shave weight off too because of your change in GotG! Thank you!

A:

Hi Grant, how is the new show going to be similar to and yet different from Mythbusters?


Q:

Have you ever been to Sri Lanka?

A:

Jen is awesome. She's funny and cool. She's refreshingly tough. She's an amazing actor. It feels good to be around her.

Best memory? So hard to say. I've been at this for 17 years. It's a dream job. No question. There have been so many unforgettable moments. I love what I do for a living.

top 5? Also very difficult. Friday NIght lights Breaking Bad The Wire Game of Thrones Dual Survival


Q:

White Rabbit Project will have me, Tory and Kari. We'll be building things, talking to interesting people, goofing off, and telling stories that are implausibly weird. Pretty much what you have come to expect from us. But the new show is slicker, prettier, the stories are bigger, and most importantly, everything on our show is based on fact. Unlikely historical events that ACTUALLY happened. Real cutting-edge tech that EXISTS or is about to exist. SCIENCE that is happening now. Interesting pop culture phenomenon.

A:

Yes, this year. Love the place, its like a tiny, much friendly, cleaner India. (sorry Indians)


Q:

Since you and Jennifer Lawrence have a pretty similar sense of humour, there must've been some pretty hilarious moments on set of Passengers. What is one of the funniest (or embarrassing) moments when filming the movie?

A:

Hi Grant, will we ever se Geoff Peterson ever again? I miss that lovable guy.


Q:

Did you see any places affected by the war?

A:

We were sitting in our chairs waiting for the next shot and a big set light bulb exploded nearby and she screamed. high pitched. very feminine.

then she immediately looked over at me and said, "Jesus Chris! You scream like a woman! Did everyone just hear Chris?"

and for the rest of the shoot i couldn't convince anyone it wasn't me. I just had to own it.

: )


Q:

Geoff is safely in storage. All he needs is a battery charge and he'll be ready to go!

A:

Hard to say, because I dont know how it was before.


Q:

What Marvel superhero would Jennifer Lawrence absolutely destroy in?

A:

Hello grant. First congratulations on getting engaged. Second why is the netflix show called white rabbit? Also I will watch it soon. I'm in at work at the moment but is it available for us in Canada yet?


Q:

1) how do you keep your electronics charged? I did the Pacific Coast in 2010 and that was a big problem for me, and I didn't even have a smartphone yet!

2) you went to Japan, did you tour it by bicycle? I've looked into this and I'm told you simply can't ride a bike on many connecting roads, meaning you'd have to take a train between many locations.

A:

PUnisher!!!!!


Q:
  1. Thanks! I was nervous, but we had a blast.
  2. White Rabbit is a literary reference to Alice In Wonderland. You follow him down the rabbit hole to the unknown. That's pretty much what we do on the show.
  3. WRP should be available to watch globally right now! Enjoy!!
A:

Dynamo on the bike charges most everything. Otherwise you could try a solar charger.

I did tour through Japan by bike. You are allowed to ride bikes there on roads, only highways are closed. Never heard about someone forced to take a train; although I once had to take quite a detour, including a hike up some stairs.


Q:

Hi Grant!! Years ago,I remember you had trouble in Myspace probing you're real Grant,which I was touched.Now social media grew huge size,Do you have same passion to connect watchers?

A:

Will you take me with you?


Q:

Yes, of course! Through Reddit, Twitter and Facebook, I can reach out immediately and directly to fans.

A:

yes


Q:

I don't have netflix...can I borrow your username and password to watch this show?

A:

Which place had the best food?


Q:

No. But you can join FREE for a month!

A:

It would be unfair to pick just one, so I'll give you three:

  • India

  • Japan

  • Mexico

:)


Q:

What format do you play most, and what's your favorite deck?

A:

How different are the authentic foods in those places from the restaurants elsewhere?


Q:

Red Goblin deck. Overrun them. Or Red/Green or White/Black. Never Blue.

A:

Extremely. I'm almost always disappointed if I try ethnic food in a country that has a "chinese restaurant" or "italian cuisine" when not in China or Italy.

Only exception is when its run by immigrants. In that case, go all in. Especially Indian food is often authentic.


Q:

Hi Grant!

My question is, how often did things go wrong on Mythbusters? What was the biggest build failure and how was it fixed?

A:

I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow to the knee. How do you keep your knees safe?


Q:

With MythBusters, we tried to fail often and early. Everything starts with a mockup or a small scale experiment. In ten years, we had very few mishaps happen, which is a very good ratio indeed.

A:

Dragonbone greaves.


Q:

Hey Grant do Jamie and Adam really not get along?

A:

How do you get the money to do these things and also to make sure you have a home to come back to after? The flights, insurance, clothing...everything costs money?


Q:

That's a common misconception. They don't "hang out" outside of work. But they respect each others' opinions and ideas and work together quite well.

A:

Flights are few and far in between, usually 1-2 a year. Lately a bit more, due to island states I visited.

Someone already asked about the money, so here:

Bit of everything really. I sold my MtG card collection when I was 18. That was 10k €. I saved the money from the military service, then I did that 1 year round the world trip with it. Later I realized how much cheaper you can travel. For example if you bike and camp, you dont pay for transport or accommodation. I cycled half a year through the US and Canada, and I spend $0 on accommodation and $6 for transport; a bus through a tunnel that did not allow cycling. Once I mad a website, I started to get sponsors. Free equipment, bikes, but no money so far. It does keep the spendings low, and after a tour I could sell it, if I like. Only done that once, a friend of mine bought one of my old bikes. There was also an inheritance, but that was recently and I have not touched that money yet. It's on a bank, a rainy day fund, so to speak. I want to pay for my crazy tours on my own accord. Besides that I do odd jobs (especially at the start, like working in hostels or on a cattle ranch in Australia); I program and write; and I have a Patreon for my Dwarf Fortress mod. The most interesting bit is of course the fact that you can travel for almost nothing. $200-$300 a month are fine in almost any country worldwide, if you camp/couchsurf and hike/hitchhike/cycle. :)


Q:

What if one of them got really drunk and was thrown in jail. Would they ever call the other as their "one phone call"?

A:

How did you decide where to go first and do you always travel alone?how long do you spend in each place you visit? Last question, how many places did you visit in the 1 year backpacking trip around the world?


Q:

No. However (and this goes for all of us) if we were ever abducted Taken-style, it would probably be Jamie. "I... uh... have a particular set of skills."

A:

First trip I just got a world map and made dots on it. I want to see this, and that, and this place, and that thing. Then I tried connecting them with as short a line as possible. BAM! done.

I dont always travel alone, about 50/50.

Random... on average 2-3 weeks per country, but it differs much between places. USA, 4 months. Barely seen anything. Liechtenstein, 1 day. ;)

On the 1-year backpacking trip, I took trains through Europe till I hit the Middle East (Istanbul), went further by bus through Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Israel till Egypt. Then spend 3 months in South East Asia, 3 in Australia, 1 month in New Zealand, 1 month in the US and 1 month in Central America.


Q:

What if one of them got really drunk and was thrown in jail. Would they ever call the other as their "one phone call"?

A:

What branch of the military were you in?

And also, have you ever been to Charleston, South Carolina?


Q:

EDIT: He packed ONLY a chainsaw and a generator.

A:

The nicely-named Special Security Squadron of the airforce; teamed up with the 702 Munitions Support Squadron of the US military.

Nope, no Charleston for me.


Q:

Hi Grant, what is your favorite science fiction movie? Alternatively, do you have a favorite star trek episode? Can't wait to see you on White Rabbit!

A:

In your travels how many other professional adventures / DF mod programmers / Magic card collectors have you met? It seems like a pretty typical combo.


Q:

Hard to say. My top three are: Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, Empire Strikes Back, and The Matrix. Fave Star Trek episode: Inner Light (TNG) with a close second Darmok.

A:

One. Three times though. I first talked to him on the DF forums, then we were in Southamerica in Peru at the same time.

Later I bumped into him in Tunesia, he was staying in the same hostel.

Later the same year, I invited him to stay in my place in Germany; couchsurfing.


Q:

Temba! His arms open wide.

A:

This is the most incredible response for me. The world is so enormous, but you ran into this guy several times.


Q:

NICE

A:

First time was on the internet though. Second time by chance. Third time on purpose.


Q:

Hi Grant, what was the worst injury you ever had on Mythbusters?

A:

Have you ever tried to go back to normal ( non adventuring life)? If so how did you adjust to it?

I just got back from a big trip myself and I'm finding it difficult


Q:

Thankfully nothing super bad. Which is pretty good considering we routinely worked with all sorts of explosive, large machinery, prototype robots, firearms, and flames. I think I sprained my ankle dropping down through a roof in my underwear on the safety mat that was supposed to protect me. (The underwear was because of trying to fool a thermal security sensor.)

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Yes, but never for long. A few months here and there. Its scary how easy you get back into it, at least for me. Gaming, watching Netflix, a daily routine... scary.

Once I notice that I take the western luxuries for granted, that I'm nice and rested in my comfort zone, I do my best to get away from it, out into the open world. ;)


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Will you take part in this new Mythbusters project of finding new mythbusters?

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Do you have a family?

Do you have a stable place to live?


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No, that is a new thing, and I likely won't be participating.

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I have a mother, father and brother. I'm not married, if you mean that.

I live in Germany when I'm not on tour. So yes. :)


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Grant! My favorite mythbuster! I can tell a lot from a person from one question. What's your all time favorite movie? The one you can basically quote every line from.

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I'm going to lake baikal tomorrow. Any recommendations?


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I can quote three: Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Speed. (*Speed is because when I used to work at THX, we did laserdisc quality assurance, so I watched it like 25 times.)

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Yes, ask the local authorities how thick the ice is and if its save to cross it. Any inlet from a river will be dangerous, because the water is moving and less ice forms.

Stay save and have fun :)


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Hey Grant,

It looks like Kari and Tori will be doing AMAs later. What are you doing to ensure that your AMA has at least 40% more explosive power than Kari or Tori's AMA?

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Is finding quality healthcare services often challenging, particularly in emergency situations (e.g., croc bite, dengue fever) or when in developing countries?


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ALREADY DONE.

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Croc bite I treated myself. No medication exists against dengue fever, you just sit it out in a hotel room and wait.

I found medical care to be quite reasonable while on tour, but I never needed much of it to be honest. I did a Malaria test once in Malawi. Took less than 10 minutes and cost $3, so that was a good experience. It came back negative, too. :)


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Hey Grant! If season 1 of White Rabbit project does well, can we expect to see a white rabbit project season 2?

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Have your bikes had any mechanical break downs that were difficult to fix in precarious situations?

For instance, breaking a crank arm on Lake Baikal, and then having to repair in the field?

Also if you have broken pieces of your bike in distance parts of the world, how is it finding repairs in those distant places of the world?


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We can only hope! This sort of thing needs to gain momentum to signal to Netflix that people want to see more. So tell your friends!

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I've had countless of small and large problems with my bikes, but not insurmountable. I had to replace the front hub once in Kenya, no fitting spare parts to come by, so I just build an entire new wheel made of cheap Chinese/Indian steel parts. :D

Finding repairs is easy, but finding the same quality is near impossible. I usually replace it with whatever is available.

In Guinea-Bissau I once ran out of patches for my tubes... the locals showed me a trick, they glued a piece of old tube on it, using tree sap! Not making this up.


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Hello Grant,

With all the media hyping it up, how frightened of the Y2K bug were you? Were you "Cool as a cucumber, or Hot like a Jalapeno"

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.what kinds of foods do you carry when you're on the road? .dehydrated, canned, snacks? .do you cook? .if so, how? (type of fuel, stove, pots, etc)


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I bought a case of Ensure (you know, for nutrients) and took a bunch of cash out of an ATM. So uhhhh....

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Wow, you managed to ask 4 questions that all have the same answer: No. No dehydrated food, no canned food, dont cook, no stove.

Snacks, yes, a lot. And local foods. Eating in restaurants or street food is great in third world countries, in the first world I stick to supermarkets mostly. I do cook in hostel kitchens, if I have the chance, but I dont carry cooking gear while camping.

Food is mostly selected based on calories... the more the better. Chocolate, chocolate milk, nuts, peanut butter, energy/protein bars, dates, avocados, that sort of thing. Fats, proteins. :)


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More on food: I feel like a lot of the culture you experience is through their cuisine, do you feel as if you experience local cuisine to its fullest, or do you strictly budget for calorie dense foods that sustain you while biking?

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I eat anything new at least once. I love japanese and indian and mexican food; and I agree that it tells a lot about the culture.

On the other hand, after a while you notice similarities. A german Grill, an American BBQ, a south-african Braai and an Argentian Asado... they are just different variations of grilled meat. ;)


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Have you ever had any safety concerns with any countries you were visiting?

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Just to be clear: Did I have concerns, or did anything unsafe actually happen?

I do a lot of research for each place before I go, so usually I'm very aware of both the risk and dangers and on how to avoid them.


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Did anything unsafe happen? Sorry that was unclear.

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Well, I got bit by a crocodile, I got dengue fever, I got robbed at gun-point once... guess those count, right? ;)


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How did your subzero gear fit on your bike during the russia winter trip? Seems like it would be a lot of bulk.

What is the best way you've found to quickly study a foreign language?

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Here is the equipment for the Siberia tour: http://imgur.com/a/KLwb7

Best to move to the country where the language is spoken.


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I'm not a fan of the cold. If I also traveled the world and skipped the cold areas would I be missing much or could I just see more of the warm areas?

Sorry for the run on sentence.

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I think you are missing out. First of all because the places are different, but also because the experience is a different one. Sadly, cold usually also means less sunlight, more problems with your gear, higher prices for the equipment...

But if you avoided high mountain areas because of the temperatures, you were really missing out: http://i.imgur.com/DIfweOJ.jpg


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How does bamboo compare to carbon, chromoly or titanium frames?

Why not 2x11 seeing as how you already have the 105 shifters?

What groupsets have you used on your other tours?

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Bamboo is heavier, though more comfortable/flexible. Frame is thicker, probably more crash-resistant than carbon/aluminum, but not as much as titanium/steel.

Because I've never used the setup I'm using now. I've already toured with 3x10 and 2x10, 1x11 is new to me. I like trying new things.

I used 3x7, 3x8, 3x9, 3x10, 2x20, 3x2 (Brompton)... and I think thats it. Alivio, Shimano SLX, XT, XTR, Ultregra...


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Did you visit that super morbid forest in Japan?

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No. I knew about it, but its most likely just another forest. ;)


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Cycling through the Sahara looks absolutely amazing. I'm sure you came upon valleys and mountains that have been seen by very few people, and are astoundingly beautiful. I admire your sense for adventure and wish I could do the same. Hopefully some day I will be able to do so.

You mentioned going on a ride through Africa. Where exactly do you plan to go, East or West Africa? What's the plan for travel, locations you specifically want to go to? I just think about how dangerous it must be to camp in a place like the Serengeti with wild, carnivorous animals and wonder how you would address safety? Have you ever felt like you were camping somewhere that presented wildlife danger, and what are some stories about that?

If there were a mountain you HAVENT climbed that is high on your bucket list, what would it be and why?

Any particularly good stories about women you've met along the way? Where did you think the women were most beautiful?

Good luck with your adventures. I will be following your web site, this is great stuff.

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Westafrica. Ghana to Ghana, a round trip, 6000-8000km, through Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and the Ivory Coast. :)

Carnivorous animals are no trouble at all. They barely exist in Africa, because man killed most of them; except the few kept in National Parks. And those dont allow cycling/camping.

Trouble is Malaria. Traffic. Buses and trucks.

I have been surrounded by hippos once while camping: http://global-goose.com/bad-idea-camp-near-african-waterhole/ and other smaller encounters. Like the croc mentioned in the title, but that was my fault. ;)

Mountains on my bucket list: seven summits. I've only done one of them, but next year want to do a second one. So yeah, in the end I want to climb Mt. Everest too. :)

Haha, most beautiful women... how could I even start comparing? :D


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Any regrets?

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Tons.

I need a time machine and live forever to see everything. Cant do that, most likely.


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How did/do you plan your itinerary through places?

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It mostly comes down to the seaons/weather and visa timings. I just look at a map, select all the places I want to see and try to combine as many of them with as short a route as I can.

Then it depends on the visa length (China for example gave me 2x 30 days, which is a joke, considering how large the country is) and the weather. The first 5 years I followed the summer, always switching between northern and southern hemisphere. That way I had no winter for 5 years and didnt need to change my camping gear/clothing much.


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Op is master of the travelling salesman problem

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Is that still unsolved?


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What about chaffing ?? How do you deal with that?

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Mostly by ignoring it. If it hurts, it hurts. I do change underwear often, and make sure they have different cuts with the seams in different areas.


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What were your favorite experiences with animals and people?

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The hospitality by people, especially in poorer and/or more remote regions. It is such a vast gap between the indifference of the western world and the behaviour of most people in developing countries. Thats the one thing I'm glad of the most, experiencing human kindness.

Animals... street dogs that adopt you, while you hike. So often I spend days, long, hard days hiking in tough terrain, just to have some dog come along. I always wish I could take them with me.

I also fed hyenas, played with tiger cups, walked with cheetahs, but all that more exotic stuff feels a bit forced. Its for tourists, in Cat sanctuaries and such.


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I'm currently an American living near lyon, France for a year! Have any good stories from France? Also how do you have time to update your dwarf fortress mod everyweek?

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I can update it because I'm in the first world atm. Starting January, I'll have to put that on hold, Westafrica does not allow such luxuries.

France... yes! I've been there this year, climbed Mont Blanc. That was a blast, Chamonix is amazing! Go there, if you have any love for hiking, mountains, etc.


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Are you saying you haven't been to Canada yet? You should come! We have a trail all the way across Canada, plus you can travel all the way across by canoe if you'd rather do that.

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I've been to Canada. Great lakes area, Toronto, Montreal... and the center, Alberta towards the rockies.


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When traveling you say to camp for free. Where do you do this, as where I am from that is illegal and can land you a hefty fine or in jail or facing an unhappy land owner with a shotgun. How do you find spots to camp for free world wide?

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In most countries, no one cares. In some, its legal, some its illegal, but even in the illegal ones, the police doesnt do anything. If I'm spotted, which is rare, people usually talk to me, invite me.

Only once the police was called, because a dog wouldnt stop barking. That was in Argentina. What did they do? They drove me with their pick-up to their police station, told me that I can camp on their lawn.

Never met an unhappy land owner with a shotgun. If possible, I ask the owner first; or I camp on public land. I dont camp on other peoples private properties.


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Do you maintain a home/apartment? What do you do when you end a trip? Where do you go?

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I currently sub-rent a room in a shared apartment.

Most of my stuff is in my mothers basement though. ;)