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Unique ExperienceIamA Survivor of serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells - AMA

Mar 2nd 2017 by neuroplay_prod • 29 Questions • 98 Points

Greetings everyone.

Let me be straight with you right off the bat, this is not my first rodeo. But 8 months is a long time and a lot of stuff has happened in Sweden since. (Also you guys have an orange president now? Do you color code your leaders?)

I also figured since certain statements have been made about my country by a certain someone, it might be a good idea to have someone on the inside give his two cents on what is actually going down over here.

I have the whole day free and will gladly answer as many questions as possible.

EDIT: Haha, 76% upvoted? I didn't know my job was so controversial ;)

Q:

Is opening up about this on an online medium where you will be exposed to questions from strangers regarding the incident therapeutic in some way?

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Were there any animals that you considered trying to film and ruled them out because the spy wouldn't have worked?

Along that same line, was there any animal that you filmed and you couldn't really use the footage for the show?

Thanks! Love the show!


Q:

Do you ever disguise yourself and just walk around incognito?

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If you could have anyone from history on your show, who would it be?


Q:

What was the Chicken Connoisseur like off camera?

A:

Are there any shitty robots you've wanted to make but have said, "No, that's just too dangerous/expensive?"


Q:

The fact is still that immigrants and refugees commit far more crime on average than Europeans, including Sweden. What do you think of that? For example, a couple of years back 100% of assaulted rapes in Oslo were done by immigrants. it's no different in Sweden.

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I suppose that's true. I haven't really talked about it too much in the last few years, and I've been thinking about it lately. I didn't even know I was in a book until my ex-wife pointed it out to me. I'm kind of in a tough spot right now, and I can talk about this with confidence. So, yeah? I suppose. I don't have a therapist, it's expensive. I've only lived in the rural area I'm in for about 5 years, and they're a very "We don't know you, you don't know us. Stay away outsider" kind of people. I don't have many real friends here. People to talk to, sure, but no one that give a good god damn about MY mental health.


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a lot of research goes into deciding and designing the robots so there were not many if any surprises. the team worked with field scientists who helped inform the team about what they could expect from the animals. we used all the footage. Matt, Phil, please also contribute here. FK

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I sometimes wear a hat. For example when I did college tours with my son I wanted the focus to be totally on him. A lot less people recognize me when I have a hat on or else they realize I am trying to be incognito.

Mostly when people do recognize me they are super nice so I don't feel it is a burden to be noticed most of the time.


Q:

Number 1: Flo the Progressive Insurance lady, Number 2: Aristotle

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Very chill. He's HUGE in London btw! He got mobbed everywhere we went.


Q:

Hm, I think the deal breaker usually is that I have to be able to build it on one person. And in my house. I'm balancing on the edge of a knife here with my landlord...

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You know, I'm honestly not as pro-immigration as many of you seem to think I am. I would love to discuss the more problematic aspects of Swedish immigration, but I'm immediately put on the defensive because so many people come at this issue from a perspective I find somewhat worrying.

Yes, immigrants are overrepresented in crime statistics in Sweden. This is a serious issue that needs to be adressed. But the reason they are overrepresented isn't because they wan't to create a Caliphate or because they hate women. It's because they've been segregated from the rest of society into suburbs with poor schooling and jobs. It's because Sweden is an extremely modern economy that struggles with providing enough low-skilled labour for those without education. These are the real issues, and I want to discuss them, but first I want to unpack peoples preconceived notions about the dangers of specifically Islamic immigration.


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It almost seems like talking about it infront of strangers would be less stressful because it isn't like you will ever see any of us in real pife or anything so theres less pressure of judgement as you might fear with a person you actually know. I have a minor in psychology so I find stuff like this interesting. My origonal thoughts were that by forcing yourself to talk about it on the internet you would be inherently making yourself assess it. In fact, now I'm actually wondering if there are therapists out there who have prescribed there patients to do something similar to an AMA as some form of exposure therapy.

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Were there any animals that you considered trying to film and ruled them out because the spy wouldn't have worked?

Along that same line, was there any animal that you filmed and you couldn't really use the footage for the show?

Thanks! Love the show!


Q:

If you could give 19 year old Bill Gates some advice, what would it be?

A:

If you had to pick a successor to your show, who would you pick and why?


Q:

Hi Sean, first off can I just say how much I appreciate the amount of research you put into your questions. It's something that is so often overlooked but the effort you and your team invest really makes each episode for me.

My question: Given that it seems the rap industry and food are becoming more connected by the day, which rapper would you have cook for you and what would they make?

A:

Is there a way to join your space agency? i also really really want to go to space, and can provide my own desk chair for high-g training.


Q:

Hey I worked with refugee minors in a social care home in Germany for several months last year, and I just wanted to say I can relate to a lot of problems you face, and I understand how hard this job can be. Thankyou so much for carrying on. We might not always get to see happy endings for the people we work with, but your patience, dedication, and hard work and grit have genuinely changed lives, and just by caring for your refugees you have given them friendship in a time when they have nothing else. You are amazing, Thankyou. Do you have any specific stories that come to mind of an individual's life that was changed from being taken in by Sweden?

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I didn't think of it that way. I've thought about this many times, and I've never had trouble talking about it, but the anonymity is comforting. I talk to strangers all the time tho. I'm a musician and stand-up performer as well as a newsman. The strangers part is easy.


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The great thing about this job is being witness to and capturing wonderful stories. It really is the animals telling their stories, we just have to ensure we have enough spy cameras to capture it. Deploying the spycreateatures is always an anxious time for us. PD

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I would explain that smartness is not single dimensional and not quite as important as I thought it was back then. I would say you might explore the developing world before you get into your forties. I wasn't very good socially back then but I am not sure there is advice that would fix that - maybe I had to be awkward and just grow up....


Q:

Mike Pence.

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Great question! At First We Feast, we probably think about this more than anyone in the world. Rumor has it Mia X from No Limit is the most underrated hip hop chef of all time and I'm picturing jambalaya and baked macaroni on the table.


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The curriculum is all online and you can follow the lesson plan on my YouTube channel. You're not going to like next week's class though. Damn it was rough.

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Thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot :)

There are several unaccompanied minors who funded their journey to Sweden themselves by working hard in factories. I think their stories are the most inspirational to me, they were able to visualize a goal and work towards it for several years, then undertake a gruelling and dangerous journey. Now they're studying in school and hanging out with friends like children are supposed to do. I always tell them that what they've accomplished are things that people in Sweden struggle their whole lives to do, and that makes them special.


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Stand up comedy? What kind of music do you play?

A:

Were there any animals that you considered trying to film and ruled them out because the spy wouldn't have worked?

Along that same line, was there any animal that you filmed and you couldn't really use the footage for the show?

Thanks! Love the show!


Q:

What do you personally find as your greatest achievement?

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What has been your favorite game to play on clueless gamer so far, and why?


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What is your favorite place for wings?

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WHAT'S IT LIKE TO WORK WITH ADAM SAVAGE? Sincerely, Somebody else than Adam 😎


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This is correct. You need to either actively be searching for jobs (often to the point of absurdity), or a doctor's confirmation (continuously re-checked and updated at regular intervals) that you are incapable of doing so due to reasons of physical or mental health.

Obviously substance abuse is not acceptable. If the subject in question is willing and cooperative in trying to quit and get their life under control that's generally enough, but that too has to be proven.

There's of course a lively debate around this. If memory serves places who have guaranteed these people homes and stability before placing demands on them have had better success. But add to that the severe housing shortage in all of Sweden's cities and it's currently looking pretty grim on that front.

As for mental disorders: If they're not committing a crime or posing a threat to people around them they cannot be forced to seek help. These people generally fall in a category of being able to survive on their own while still being of too poor mental health to take part in society even on the level of getting a doctor's appointment to get so much as a diagnosis much less treatment for their illness.

Basically people fall through the cracks in any system that has cracks, and I've yet to see one that does not. Sweden is no exception.

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I play a bit of pop rock and country, but when I can find a group to play with, I like to play lead. It's what's popular around here. When I go to the city, tho, they like it when I play folk music. This rural area is very set in it's (We're not leaving the 80's and 90's, don't ask us too) kind of living, and it's helped me hone some musical skills I had not focused on. Playing more popular tunes has really improved my playing. That and playing with these guys around here. There really are some great musical talents in this area. It's fascinating.


Q:

Hi! Easy this one, Arctic wolves and polar bears also wild dogs and bats and elephants and rats. PD

A:

Although the Foundation work is super promising and will be the biggest thing over the decades ahead I still think the chance to be part of the software revolution empowering people was the biggest thing I have gotten to do.

Right now I am very focused on making sure we successfully eradicate polio - that will be amazing if we do it - as good as shipping even the best software product.


Q:

Witcher 3, because I got to have sex on a unicorn. When that game comes out in VR, you'll never see me again.

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Wings have been ruined for me.


Q:

"ASKING FOR A FRIEND"

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What he said


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Hey, wow that's some rough stuff to cope with. Was there something specific that made you think about it more recently?

I moved to a rural nepotistic area when I was a kid, very isolated. For some reason, I decided to volunteer at the nursing home in town just walked in one day and asked at the front desk. I got to run the bingo game and help organize their social events. The seniors and nurses weren't my real friends but some of them were really interesting to talk with and they all treated me like gold. If the social isolation is getting to you, are there ways to plug into your community or have some outlet?

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Were there any animals that you considered trying to film and ruled them out because the spy wouldn't have worked?

Along that same line, was there any animal that you filmed and you couldn't really use the footage for the show?

Thanks! Love the show!


Q:

Hello Bill Gates. What is your idea of success?

A:

Hey Conan, I'm allergic to penicillin, clindamycin, and sulfa-based antibiotics. What type of medicine would you recommend for my next infection?


Q:

You probably get this a lot, but is there any chance of fan favorites Bill Burr or Gordon Ramsey being on the show?

A:

Have you ever tried to refine any of the robots to use them for actual chores? How did it go?


Q:

Where I live, people often refer to refugiees as "new canadians"

do people do the same thing in Sweden?

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I'm just thinking about my dad. he and I haven't spoken in over a year now, and I want to call him, but I know that it will hurt me more every time I do. He's kind of mean and hateful and destructive now. We grew apart after my son was born, and he sees me as a failure not worthy to carry his name. It tears me apart. I was just thinking I wish I could have known that sweet man that was a foster parent to emergency adoption kids that needed to be out of where they were. He even gave up a little boy that he was really bonding with because my mother wanted to adopt a baby, and I was that baby. It really makes me cry. I love that man, but he's so bitter and dark about everything, and its because of this. He never really admitted that it hurt him. He always tried to be the toughest. Any sign of emotion was weakness after the murders.

As far as social situations go, I perform music at the numerous open mics around town. I got lucky in the town I found my first radio gig in has a massive musical presence. You can't swing a dead cat in this town without hitting a great guitarist. So I joined the club. I'm still kind of on the outside of things, not really IN the circle, just standing behind people trying to pick up enough conversation to jump in so people know, and they'll engage me a bit, and turn they're backs again. Didn't go to their high schools. Not part of the club. They like my lead guitar fine enough, but I'm a slouch compared to these guys, and I've been getting a lot better playing with them.


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Arctic wolves were fascinating and entertaining to watch. We were lucky to get access to Arctic wolves in Ellesmere Island in Canada. They have very little fear of humans because the location is so isolated. So we could observe their daily lives from as little as 25 metres from the den. The pups were hilarious to watch as they played, they often got into trouble from other members of the pack for wondering too far from the den. The adolescent wolves were very cheeky, they would wonder into out camp and steel our pots and pans. On one occasion they ran off with our portable toilet! PD

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Warren Buffett has always said the measure is whether the people close to you are happy and love you. It is also nice to feel like you made a difference - inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.


Q:

You are very wise to ask me. I'm not a doctor. Next time you're not feeling well just bite into a glow stick and suck it down.

A:

We have a white board with all of our white-whale guests, and those two are at the top of it. We try to will them into existence. Not enough time to give the whole rundown, but these are some of the names that are always top of mind: The Rock. Joe Rogan. Alexa Chung. Guy Fieri. Chrissy Teigen. Kobe. Aziz. Hannibal. Chelsea Handler.

But, it's not the easiest show to book. Not everyone wants to eat violently hot wings on camera. This is the hole we've dug for ourselves but we're always pitching.


Q:

As much as I'd like for people to think that I use the ass wiping robot on a daily basis, no. I have very little belief in my own inventions' capabilities. Also, damn that'd skyrocket my toilet paper consumption.

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I don't think so, but we should!


Q:

A music scene? Not quite so desolate as I pictured.

I know that conflicted feeling of an internal clock ringing to have parental contact after a while, even though the contact will be unpleasant. Why did your relationship worsen after your son was born?

A:

Obviously the Nature team is great at capturing beautiful shots of wildlife even without spies. Were there any moments you captured with the spy animals/cameras that you could not have with other methods? Were they more helpful for research than production?

Love the series and your robot army!


Q:

Hey Bill! I have a question pertaining to an issue in the U.S. and it's one that we're all get sick of hearing.

Do you think social media - and perhaps the internet in general - has played a role in helping divide this country?

Instead of expanding knowledge and obtaining greater understandings of the world, many people seem to use it to

1) seek and spread information - including false information - confirming their existing biases and beliefs, and

2) converse and interact only with others who share their worldview

(these are things I'm guilty of doing myself)

Follow up q: What steps should we take to help bridge this social, cultural, economic, educational and regional divide?

A:

I need to make a monument for my sculpture class. What should I make?


Q:

Has the fame gotten you laid?

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How does living in the States differ from living in Sweden?


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Are you employed by the government or a private agency? What does a typical work day look like for you?

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They disapproved of my having a child with my woman. We had been together for 8 years, I had a good job, we moved out of state together. It was the right time to have a child in my life cycle. They didn't approve. Suddenly I'm not controllable. They can't manipulate me. I'm more concerned about him than them. His mother and I are still friends, but she wanted to move home to be with family, and I wasn't about to fight and ruin all of our lives. He's four, my parents live less than ten miles away, and have not seen him once. They never visited me in Illinois. They are not concerned with my happiness, only my servitude.


Q:

a skua, a bird that feeds on penguin eggs, picked up an egg cam and flew away with it. incredible shot. what i found really interesting was the intelligence of the animals as they met the robots for the first time. FK

A:

This is a great question. I felt sure that allowing anyone to publish information and making it easy to find would enhance democracy and the overall quality of political debate. However the partitioning you talk about which started on cable TV and might be even stronger in the digital world is a concern. We all need to think about how to avoid this problem. It would seem strange to have to force people to look at ideas they disagree with so that probably isn't the solution. We don't want to get to where American politics partitions people into isolated groups. I am interested in anyones suggestion on how we avoid this.


Q:

Is it too late to drop the class?

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Fuck yeah it has! throws up a high five


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For one, our politicians are not even remotely as orange as they are here. But I think the biggest difference is just the sheer size of things here.

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Private agency, although the government are shutting us down so it won't really matter soon.

Work varies greatly from day to day. Usually my job is simply to be there in case anyone needs help with something or just wants to hang out. I guess you could say I'm whatever they need me to be. I'm a friend, a parent, a teacher, a therapist, etc. Some days I barely do anything while others I'm working so hard I almost collapse.

But in general, I come in, read up on what I've missed since last I was there, then check if there are any tasks that need doing, e.g. remind people about appointments, book meetings, purchase medicine. After that's all done, I spend the day hanging out with people and then document any meaningful interactions I've had. If someone's been showing improvement with behavioural issues, I write it down. If someone's been feeling down, I write it down. If someone's been skipping class, I write it down. It's extremely important that everyone on the staff is aware of what is happening in everyone's life so we can be as efficient as possible.

There always needs to be at least one person at the accommodation at all times, so some days I'll be spending the night there. We have a bed in the office and facilities for any daily needs like hygiene or food.


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What'd they say to you?

A:

Obviously the Nature team is great at capturing beautiful shots of wildlife even without spies. Were there any moments you captured with the spy animals/cameras that you could not have with other methods? Were they more helpful for research than production?

Love the series and your robot army!


Q:

What kind of technological advancement do you wish to see in your lifetime?

A:

Is there anyone that you havent had a chance to sit down with yet that you would love to have on the show?


Q:

If nothing is off limits...

I think everyone is wondering: how is your butthole?

Do you have a standing appointment with a butthole therapist? Do you have a collection of speciality lotions you keep in rotation?

What's good man? Tell us the truth.

A:

What sub-Reddits do you visit most frequently?


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Why are they shutting you down?

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I'm not sure I follow this question, but I'd like to answer it if I can. What did who say about what to whom?


Q:

I think one of the most frequent and lovely comments I've heard from viewers and friends is that they say, what they liked about the series is that it managed to film & highlight animal behaviour in a completely different and unique way. It captured the imagination of so many people, young and old and even people who don't normally watch nature documentaries. A good example of that was the langurs grieving sequence...when a clip appears on various talk shows, news programmes, BBC Earth, Reddit and The Lad's Bible to name just a few, you know that it is appealing to a wide audience. In addition, we like our films to discover new animal behaviour, new science, have humour and of course bring innovation to them. MG

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The big milestone is when computers can read and understand information like humans do. There is a lot of work going on in this field - Google, Microsoft, Facebook, academia,... Right now computers don't know how to represent knowledge so they can't read a text book and pass a test.

Another whole area is vaccines. We need a vaccine for HIV, Malaria and TB and I hope we have them in the next 10-15 years.


Q:

My children. Their agents won't call me back.

A:

Some rando dude once asked me this question in the middle of a Whole Foods so might as well get out in front of it now. At this point, my biology has more or less adjusted but there were some long, lonely nights in the beginning. There's a reason I told Eric Andre I wouldn't eat a Carolina Reaper again for less than five figures. That said, it's impossible to say no to Chili Klaus.


Q:

/r/shittyrobots and /r/oddlysatisfying are my favorites.

A:

The Department of Migration is cutting funding across the board, and so my municipality has decided to terminate all contracts with private companies running accomodations.


Q:

Especially when I remember what they said to me when I woke up.

That ...

A:

How different is it making a nature documentary for PBS than for other stations like the Discovery Channel or BBC? Would you say it's about the same everywhere? Or does each channel require a different kind of relationship?


Q:

Just wanted to reply to say that I love you Bill

A:

Whats the most memorable moment you've ever had on your show?


Q:

I only have one question. What the fuck are you doing with your life?

Also, the TJ Miller made me actually vomit at work from laughing so hard.

A:

Will you ever build a robot for Robot Wars? Is Robot Wars still a thing?


Q:

Views on Trump immigration ban? Im serious...

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/u/ArcticLover, this one's for you!


Q:

good question. Im the executive producer of Nature and we put a lot of care in respecting our audience and providing context, information and respect for wildlife. if you haven't noticed there isn't a lot of killing on our series because we don't want to sensationalize death and predation. we have an excellent relationship with the BBC because we essentially have the same public missiob. FK

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Thanks!


Q:

I met my wife while filming a remote on my show. And that's interesting moment #28.

The most interesting moment was a cooking segment with Jerry Orbach.

A:

TacoGate is out of control. I've been eating tacos like that my whole life. It just makes sense to me. It doesn't get messy. You don't spill shit all over the place. I'm not going to apologize for attacking that thing from the top rope.

And, thank you! the T.J. Miller episode was a game changer for us.


Q:

I did build a robot that went up against a BattleBot, but all of that got pulled by a sponsor so I never got to show it. I'd be down to do it again though. A shitty fighting robot? All it does is.... spray you with presents and compliments??

A:

I can't say I support it. There just isn't enough of a threat from these countries to justify a total ban. Even if there were, I think there are much more efficient ways of securing the country, like effectivising the TSA.


Q:

That's funny, last week I had someone ask me to do an AMA, I was thinking of doing one late this week. Glad you beat me to it! There's a gaggle of us out there, I swear!

I don't think I'll see my impact either. I'm 51 and have an autoimmune disease with other problems, I tell my husband Please don't make me live a long life just because you want a 30th anniversary cuz I don't wanna suffer that long! Haha he says I'm allowed to die the same day he does (not fair, he's 13yrs younger! Haha)

I can't have a relationship with my mom either, she's very destructive and toxic. I used to cry and ask her why she hated me... It's not me, it's herself. I think your dad has survivors guilt. It's very common. He's the one that needs therapy. I'm so sorry you missed out on the awesome dad. That's not fair to you. But alas, life isn't fair for any of us.

A:

What tips/tricks do you have for photographing wildlife and capturing such stunning shots [without having a spy camera, of course]? Also, I really want to pursue a career working with wildlife in the future. I love animals! Any ideas on how to get involved, volunteering opportunities, etc.? Finally, squirrels are my favourite animals because I think they're so amusing to watch... what do YOU think of squirrels?


Q:

I am sure you have traveled to all types of famous places.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

A:

Did anybody in the telenovelas explained you why your character was a cheese seller?


Q:

Is there any possibility you could get Justin Timberlake on your show to interview you?

A:

When you code your robots, do you prefer any language? Does it depend on something particular?

Cheers,


Q:

Or enforcing our current laws. Can we call it a temporary stay on immigration from these countries. It's not a ban. That would imply forever.

A:

I feel mostly for him. He's going through it too.


Q:

be patient, learn something about your subject so you know where it will be and get a good lens, a 400mm so you are a safe distance away. and be quiet!! join a birdwatching club too. FK

A:

Australia is particularly nice. It is summer there when it is winter here so going there in December and January is especially nice. I spent Thanksgiving there last year.

I have gotten to travel to a lot of great places like the Amazon in Brazil which I recommend.


Q:

I seriously asked them to explain many times and they never did. I was fervently looking forward to making out with a beautiful Mexican actress and they made me a pompous asexual cheese merchant. I am honestly very angry about this.

A:

That would be the greatest thing that's ever happened to me in my pathetic life.


Q:

I'm pretty lazy and pretty much only use Arduinos in my projects, so a modified version of C++. But otherwise I like Javascript and Python for programming.

A:

I don't have any problems with calling it a stay on immigration. The more a discussion is about facts and less about semantics the better.


Q:

Absolutely. He lost his life mate and a child, he's got to be beating himself up over every little detail through the years.

I truly wish you could tell him you understand and have him feel that you do.

A:

What tips/tricks do you have for photographing wildlife and capturing such stunning shots [without having a spy camera, of course]? Also, I really want to pursue a career working with wildlife in the future. I love animals! Any ideas on how to get involved, volunteering opportunities, etc.? Finally, squirrels are my favourite animals because I think they're so amusing to watch... what do YOU think of squirrels?


Q:

What are the limits of money when it comes to philanthropy?

A:

Hey Conan, huge fan, who was your favorite character to write for when you worked on the Simpsons?


Q:

Hey Sean, big fan of the show!

Have you ever considered doing hot sauce reviews on First We Feast?

Also, what are your top 3 favorite tasting hot sauces for wings?

A:

Have you ever built a robot which, while intended to be shitty, turned out to be actually pretty good/useful?


Q:

Is that 1% statistic because immigrants make up less than 1% of the population or is it because police stopped going into migrant controlled ghettos?

A:

He wouldn't believe me. He thinks empathy is fake so you can get what you want out of people. Just a show so you can take their dough.


Q:

I say keep an open mind when filming wildlife. If you want to stand our from the crowd don't just think about what makes a beautiful shot aesthetically but what behaviour or feeling can I capture from filming that animal. In terms of getting into the business, again being open-minded. Having many strings to your bow and volunteering loads! It took me a good couple of years to get my first permanent job in wildlife filming. So in between all that work experience I worked on volunteer jobs in the field building up my field experience. As for squirrels, I hadn't given them much thought until this series as it showed them in a completely different light and I learnt new things myself. And so I kinda have a new respect for them and their intelligence. MG

A:

Philanthropy is small as a part of the overall economy so it can't do things like fund health care or education for everyone. Government and the private sector are the big players so philanthropy has to be more innovative and fund pilot programs to help the other sectors. A good example is funding new medicines or charter schools where non-obvious approaches might provide the best solution.

One thing that is a challenge for our Foundation is that poor countries often have weak governance - small budgets, and the people in the ministries don't have much training. This makes it harder to get things done.

If we had more money we could do more good things - even though we are the biggest foundation we are still resource limited.

Edit: We discuss this in our annual letter this year: www.gatesletter.com


Q:

Mr. Burns. Mr. Burns. Mr. Burns. Mr. Burns. Mr. Burns. (Mr. Burns)

A:

Big fan of anything in the El Yucateco family, love Texas Pete's, Valentina and (I'm not just saying this) I reach for Hot Ones and Homeboy's sauces more than anything. Pickapeppa hot pepper sauce is amazing too.


Q:

People were pretty upset when I posted the beer robot and said it worked way too well.

A:

Police have not stopped going into any neighbourhoods, and the proportion of undocumented people in Sweden compared to the proportion of dispatches that have been made against them does not imply a disproportionate amount of crime on their part.


Q:

Wow. His head really got messed up over the whole ordeal, that's the saddest part. My heart breaks for both of you. I can't imagined what I would do in his shoes.

We knew Miss Koeing, Israel Keys victim from Anchorage and I helped her dad with posters. But that was such a different situation than what you and your dad have gone through.

A:

What was the most difficult animal to film?


Q:

In your talk at Columbia University last month, you and Warren Buffet both emphasized the importance of “curiosity” as a personal quality.

Do you believe curiosity is a trait that is naturally inherited or a trait that can be cultivated and strengthened? If the latter, what methods would you recommend for people to develop and stimulate their own curiosity?

A:

Are you giving up comedy for a career in lucha libre?


Q:

Hey Sean, I’m a huge fan of yours! I have two questions for you:

  • What do you do to prepare your body for so much spicy food? I love hot stuff but it wreaks havoc on my system.
  • How do you prepare to ensure the interview is the best it can be? In my opinion you’re one of the greatest interviewers in the business, and it would be cool to know the process.

Also the hot ones sauce is really expensive to ship to Canada, you guys should definitely open up a shop here. We need some heat to warm our cold winter-conditioned bodies.

A:

Are you worried that one day you'll make a robot so shitty that even you, the Queen of Shitty Robots, won't be able to control it? What does shitty robot skynet look like?


Q:

In 1975, the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the former homogeneous Sweden into a multicultural country. Forty years later the dramatic consequences of this experiment emerge: violent crime has increased by 300%. If one looks at the number of rapes, however, the increase is even worse. In 1975, 421 rapes were reported to the police; in 2014, it was 6,620. That is an increase of 1,472%. Sweden is now number two on the global list of rape countries. According to a survey from 2010, Sweden, with 53.2 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants, is surpassed only by tiny Lesotho in Southern Africa, with 91.6 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants.

Oh yeah, no problems in Sweden, as long as your from Lesotho (is that still a country?)! People just pushing a "narrative", those damn bigots!

Kidding aside, can I ask if you feel on average, people from the Middle East have a different view of women and sex than Scandinavians have? If so how can you meld the two together? If not why cant women drive alone, uncover their faces, talk to unrelated men in Middle Eastern culture?

A:

Everyone struggles differently. For my dad, he just acted like his dad in the end. I'm turning out to be a real dead beat myself. I haven't had the money to see my son in almost a year, and I missed his 4th birthday. I'm a real shitheel, if you ask me.


Q:

Hi there, for me it was the Prairie dogs. I thought they would be so easy to film but it turned out to be a very challenging shoot. They were very nervous of everything, proabably because there are so many things out there to get them. They would alarm at us, our tripods and cameras, plastic bags, hats...
We deployed spy prairie dog close to the burrows and had to retreat far away, once we were out of visual line of sight and once Spy prairie dog was accepted we started to capture their behaviour. PD

A:

Good question. I think having parents and teachers reinforce your curiosity and explain what they are fascinated with makes a big difference. A lot of people lose their curiosity as they get older which is a shame. One thing that helps nowadays is that if you get confused about something it is easier than ever to find an article or video to make things clear.


Q:

When you watch the segment tonight, you'll realize that even when I'm seriously trying to wrestle, I'm still doing comedy.

A:

I used to just go out there and wing it so to speak but now that we're weekly and have published, like, 60 episodes I take care of myself a lot more. I try to stay away from acidic foods and whatnot. The research is just kind of what it looks like... Chris and I read and watch everything that we can, trust our instincts and try not to overthink things. Much love to Canada!


Q:

Nah, then I just pull the plug on them. As long as I don't teach them how to charge themselves we should be fine. Or put the chopping machine on wheels.

A:

There have been a lot of changes in Sweden since the 70s. We have broader definitions of rape, and it's more socially acceptable to report rape.

This isn't an exclusively Swedish phenomenon, it can be observed in most Western countries.


Q:

Awwh I completely understand how hard that is. My hubby hasn't seen his son since he was 3, 11 years ago, but that's because his ex is a controlling,megabitch,entitled,cow and runs with the kid every time we show up. He feels like he's failed his son, but it's out of our control, after a bunch of wasted money on airline tickets we have none left to hire a lawyer.

You just hit the nail on the head with your dad. He broke the cycle and became a great dad, then a tragedy stole his perfect life and instead of fighting back for the one child he had left, he fell back to what was easier and less work and a way to drown out his pain without considering he still had one child that survived that he needed to be that great man for. He put up his walls and drank a moat around them so nobody ever hurt him again. He didn't stop to think he was hurting those left with him. And that is his loss. No matter how hard you try or how much you try, he won't let you in because his trench is deep and wide with a towering wall behind it. Unfortunately when someone gives up like that, there's not much anyone can do until he's ready to face the ugly truth. And that really breaks my heart.

Don't beat yourself up too much over circumstances beyond your control. Just strive to do better by your son this next year.

A:

Which one of the model animals was your favorite?


Q:

What are you most curious about, Bill?

A:

What is the origin of the string dance?


Q:

Hey Sean, love watching your show every Thursday, with Mac Demarco on the show recently, do you plan on having any more indie rock kind of guest on soon?

A:

What's your favorite shitty robot? Are you working on anything currently?


Q:

Are you aware that an American media TV channel "Fox News" is creating make believe Swedish experts to talk about how terrible and dangerous Sweden has become? How do you feel about these "experts"?

A:

We had a few years, before I moved here, where we were really bonding. He started to respect me, I think, and he even openly admitted he admired my tenacity in the face of adversity. "I could never travel the country like you did," he told me once. "I'd die." We built a deck one summer, just before I left, and he and I were thick as thieves that year. I did a lot with him, he invited me to his poker game. I helped him fix up grandpa's place a bit (for when the time came soon) and nearly chopped off his thumb with a chainsaw (because he wouldn't listen and wanted to hold the branch). That saved his life, tho, because he found out at the hospital he had suffered a heart attack a few years prior and didn't know it, if he hadn't gotten a pace maker, he wouldn't have made it the rest of the year. But all the friendship came apart when I wasn't there anymore. And when I had my son, it really went downhill fast. They (meaning himand my step mom) would just berate me and tell me to disown my son. Finally we tried to buy a house together and do like we did before, but that wound up getting hairy when I didn't want to sign a sketchy contract with the man that had literally lied to me for 25 years and destroyed all my earthly possessions three or four times in my life because he was incapable of having healthy emotions. Just CUT IT OUT OF MY HEART. That's what he finally did to me. He said that the house was my inheritance now, and I was out of the family and I wasn't blood anyway and he'd just give the money he has when he dies (a considerable sum I really don't care about) to my deadbeat cousins that leached off my favorite relative for decades and bullied me my whole life. They were blood.


Q:

Spy Orangutan because even now when I look at it I still feel like it's actually going to come alive it's that realistic. But at the same time Spy Langur Monkey was also a personal favourite as it has so much character. MG

A:

I still find the creation of life and the way the brain works the most fascinating areas. Nick Lane has some great books exploring what we know about how life started. It is amazing how little we know about the brain still but I expect we will know a lot more in 10 years.


Q:

I was doing it in the office for a few years and the writers dared me to do it on the air. The rest is history.

A:

Yeah for sure. We’re always trying to find new genres to dig into to get more fans in the tent and just to keep the show as unpredictable and diverse as possible. Some of the big targets right now are WWE/MMA people, porn stars, and more celebrity chefs.


Q:

OMG the ketchup robot kills me.

Right now I'm just preparing for a trip next week (going to Norway to give three talks, then to CERN to film some stuff for Tested, then to Stockholm to hang out with my family) and working on DIY Astronaut.

I do know what I want to build next though, but I need to fabricate some aluminum parts for it and need to get my CNC mill running first.

A:

I think I laughed for about five minutes straight when I saw that they had been interviewing "Nils Bildt".


Q:

If you could say something to Tommy Sells now, what would you say?

A:

Which one of the model animals was your favorite?


Q:

Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

A:

Hey Conan, what's the most difficult part about prepping for a show?


Q:

You have your own hot sauce, and a sandwich named after you, what's next? A "No big deal" Sriracha? "Don't touch your (eye)balls" wet naps?

Also can we get /r/MMA fighter /u/SmileNSam on the show?

A:

How did you get into robotics and how can someone like me start learning about robotics? BTW Love your videos.


Q:

How would you describe Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 3 words?

A:

I'd ask him what he dreams at night. He's been dead for a long time now, but I always wondered what his dreams must be like. Does he relish nightmares, is he scared at night like so many other people. Was he lonely a lot? Did he ever have a real friend? Did he ever try? I would pepper him with questions until I made him cry, and then I would too.


Q:

Spy Wild Dog Pup. I feared for him and really believed he would not last more than 1 minute at the den. But his waggy tail and play bow crossed the robot species barrier. They shared a common language and he was accepted by the pack. That for me was awesome! Orang was pretty cool too. PD

A:

I will be 76 at that time. Hopefully a grandfather. The Foundation with its partners will have eradicated a number of diseases and health in poor countries will be a lot better - specifically instead of 5% of children under 5 dying it should be at 2.5% which is still a lot.

I hope I can still type fast enough to do Reddit sessions without someone transcribing for me.


Q:

For a show like "Made in Mexico", we really wanted to make sure we struck the right balance between being funny, but also being culturally sensitive and attuned to how people were feeling there. We really did want the star to be the Mexican people, and I feel good about the result.

A:

Mad Dog 357 vaping e-liquid would be a dream.


Q:

I got an Arduino Starter Kit (not sponsored, I promise) from my brother for Christmas and just started tinkering. I think what was really important to me was that I never sat down being like "I'm going to learn about transistors", instead I always had an idea of what I wanted to build and everything I learned was to get me closer to making that idea happen.

Learning about robotics and hardware is really fricking hard, and if you have an idea that you really like it will help you get through it. Also, Adafruit and Sparkfun has really awesome tutorials.

A:

You're welcome, Manchester


Q:

How did it feel knowing you were the only survivor? How did you cope with the lost of your mom and sister?

A:

Are there any animals you did not get to film for this documentary that you would have liked to?


Q:

What do you think is the most pressing issue that we could feasibly solve in the next ten years?

A:

What are you going to do once your hair starts turning grey?


Q:

Has anyone got sick during/after the show?

A:

Is there a dream shitty robot that you have yet to create?


Q:

Hello, who do you think would win in a fight between James Franco and Dave Franco?

A:

Since I was an infant, I never had to cope with the loss, that would have been more of a blessing because I could have shared in my father's grief, and maybe eased the pain for him, but I was nothing more than a big pink ham swaddled in a diaper, and that wasn't enough. My cousins bullied me a lot. I grew up with the understanding that

  1. I was adopted and not the same as my cousins. (Jerks.)
  2. My mother and sister were dead and my dad went nuts. (Seriously, the jerks.)
  3. I would not be allowed to know the real details until I was much older. My father loved me deeply, but at first I suspect that looking at me made him feel like a failure.

I was teased a bit in grade (or primary) school while I still lived in the same area, but it subsided because it was hard to tease someone that couldn't be bothered by the teasing. I was oblivious for a long time. We moved to Indiana and I was in High school before I got my step gran to give me some news clippings and real details, but she was "scared your dad might hear us and he don't want any one to talk about it."

In the early aughts (those are zeros) they sentenced Sells to die by lethal injection, and again my Step family filled me in in private, this time with a whole newspaper about the killings and his role in it. Since it was the St. Louis paper, it went on about my pop, my mother, and my sister, and then the two others Sells was suspected of killing in Missouri. I found a time to ask my father if he was going to go to view it, as he had been invited. He said soberly, "It won't bring them back," and left it. I really admired that choice he made.

Finally, a few years ago (I'm in my 30's now) my ex-wife found the book expose' about the whole ordeal and the "Cross Country Killer" and I read it to get more info. then Inside Edition had a special just before his execution where he described his thoughts and why he did what he did, and that he deserved to die for it. he KNEW that. My step mother showed me that program on DVR when I came over one night. My father and I have rarely spoken about it, tho I have asked, and he did tell me a little so I knew he cared enough about me to say something, but never much. Only steering back to how much he loved me and how glad he was I was there. I just wish it had stayed like that. The only two people that really were there, and we can't even talk about the damn event, because I don't have any context, and he doesn't have any inkling. It's a life in the dark, but not in denial.


Q:

Grizzly Bears, Polar Bears, Mountain Gorillas, Orcas.

MG

A:

A lot of people feel a sense of isolation. I still wonder if digital tools can help people find opportunities to get together with others - not Tinder but more like adults who want to mentor kids or hang out with each other. It is great that kids go off and pursue opportunities but when you get communities where the economy is weak and a lot of young people have left then something should be done to help.


Q:

I started dyeing it when I was 15. So I'm way ahead of the curve. My true hair color is jet black, and my real name is Blaze Falcon (I'm just babbling now).

A:

LMFAO! Yes. S/o Martin Garrix, Eddie Huang, Coolio and RiFF RAFF. I'm sure there are countless others.


Q:

A rocket that launches something (preferably me) to space.

A:

In a fistfight I don't know, but in a bathingsuit contest it'd be Dave hands down.


Q:

How did this mainly impact you as a teen? Were you bullied?

A:

Are there any animals you did not get to film for this documentary that you would have liked to?


Q:

Ok, Mr. Gates, what's a typical Bill sandwich consist of? I'm talking breads, meats, cheeses, condiments. if you could only have one sandwich on earth, what would it be?

A:

Did the locals in Mexico recognize you as Conando from Noches de Pasion Con Señor O'Brien?


Q:

I expect Bobby Lee shitting his pants qualifies

A:

Your one year anniversary of your first shitty robot video kind of struck a chord with me. I've got, what looks like, a great engineering job right now but in reality it's a bit depressing and unfulfilling. I'm at work right now debating whether I should peel my eyelids off for fun or drown myself in the toilet...

What advice would you give to someone your age who is currently where you were 2 years ago and wanting to escape?

AMA is a solid 3/5 so far!


Q:

What is the best you've seen from a refugee case (as in good people who need help) and what is the worst (as in people that you question if they should even be their)?

A:

It was my cousins that bullied me most about it. I was adopted before they were taken from us, and when my father had to recuperate (meaning try to drink himself to death for a year) he left me with my uncle, and those two resented me to death for it. My uncle was always fond of me, because I was so "special." that led to some pretty bad ego problems in all forms of education. I was a huge target. when we moved out of state, I didn't hear about it again unless someone asked about it, and then it was different. I was in HS in the late '90's (Class of '00) and there was a lot of Serial Killer love going around, so it kind of helped.


Q:

The Godfather I & II - I can watch those films over and over again; Star Wars (Ep 3 - 7 only) - Timeless films that I can now enjoy with my kids too; Friday - Just loved Chris Tucker in this!

MG

A:

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger.


Q:

I was surprised how many Mexicans were shouting my name through their car windows. I don't know if they knew who I was before, or were just reading coverage of my visit. I was recognized more there than any other country. Except Finland. Finland's weird.

A:

Oh yeah, forgot about that one lol. We've had some doozies.


Q:

I have such a hard time answering this question. It really depends on what your situation is like. But here's how I went about it.

  1. Had job that should have been awesome but was bored out of my mind.
  2. Realized every job I had ever had made me bored out of my mind.
  3. Decided instead of pushing myself harder, I should try to push in another direction. So instead of trying to make myself fit in a mould I should change the mould.
  4. I quit my job and moved back to Stockholm from San Francisco to cut back on cost. I moved in with my mom and set myself up with just enough freelance gigs to keep myself afloat (and not piss off mom). The rest of my time I spent on trying to trace back to last time I was enthusiastic about something, and trying to understand what about it made me enthusiastic. I just wanted to find something that I really enjoyed and that at the same time really catered to my strengths.
  5. I realized I really liked building things, but I hated refining my inventions. I also liked when things went wrong. And I liked making videos. So here we are.
  6. Profit.

I understand that being able to do this was a huge privilege. For one, being able to not work full-time for a while is huge, and also it was such a fricking fluke that the internet picked up on the stuff I was making. But I think trying to be conscientious about what makes you enthusiastic is super important, because enthusiasm is a much better and effective fuel that duty.

A:

Most people from Syria have a good case for staying, and most do get to stay. I've met many kind people, but the ones I'd consider "best" are the ones I know will handle life in Sweden well. The ones who take their education seriously, quickly learn the language and are responsible and mature.

The "worst" is I suppose the people who come from countries that just don't get you asylum. Albania is the one I've seen most often. Only 2% of applications from Albania get approved, meaning that resources spent on those cases would be better spent on cases that will actually grant asylum. Still, they are here for a reason and I would never go so far as to say they're leeching off the system, but they do contribute to overburdening the system.


Q:

Do you remember much of the incident?

A:

Did anyone wonder if maybe there were just a few too many animal cams? Those things got a little creepy after a while! lol. Seriously though, my husband and I love this series. Thank you!


Q:

If you could create a new IP and business with Elon Musk, what would you make happen?

A:

What is the hardest you have laughed on the show?


Q:

Hey Sean, it's #15 Ranked UFC Middleweight Sam Alvey. We've spoken on twitter, but I have to ask you here - "WHEN CAN I COME ON YOUR SHOW!?!?!" I have a fight scheduled April 22nd in Nashville, but after that (when I'm done cutting weight) I need to come face punch some hot wings with my tongue fist. Hit me up!

  • Sam :)
A:

Can you actually make a better functioning robots or are they really a reflection of your current skill?


Q:

Someone willing to learn a new language is one of the most encouraging and awesome things I've seen people do. I hope many of these people do find stability.

Thanks for helping them!

A:

I used to tell people that I did, but that's most likely a fabrication. I can recall little things about my sister, and mom, but nothing tangible. And their murder isn't something that I was old enough to remember. I may have slept the whole time.


Q:

the most interesting scenes were when the wild animals first encountered the robots, so for me, the more animal cams the better. in the future they will get even better looking and move more naturally. FK

A:

We need clean, reliable cheap energy - which we don't have. It is too bad the sun doesn't shine all the time and the wind doesn't blow all the time. The Economist had a good piece on this this week. So we need some invention - perhaps miracle batteries or super safe nuclear or making sun into gasoline directly.


Q:

When people like Norm Macdonald, Will Ferrell, Martin Short, Charlene Yi, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, etc come on, it always makes me laugh.

A:

Definitely need UFC guys. Hit me up we'll see if we can make something happen!


Q:

To be honest, building shitty robots is surprisingly difficult. I want them to be shitty in a really specific way, so they are not just a shot in the dark. But sure, I'm no Adam Savage...

A:

Some of them work so damn hard on it too.

There was one kid who spent 6-8 hours a day on the computer learning Swedish for the first month he was here. After two months he spoke better than some who'd been here for over a year.


Q:

Even talking about it makes you a braver man than I. I wish I could give you more, but upvotes is our currency.

A:

I look forward to seeing the new and improved bots!


Q:

Hi Bill, what's the biggest 1st world problem you get?

A:

What was the best thing you ate while down in Mexico?


Q:

Exactly how much research is done before shows? Its seems like you know every details about the person you're interviewing.

Who do you want to see most on the show?

A:

Who are the biggest heroes you've gotten to meet since your notability skyrocketed?


Q:

what is best and worst thing about this?

A:

Thanks for commenting. That's more than just an upvote for sure!


Q:

in about two years time there will be another series featuring new animal cams! FK

A:

I would say education is the key problem. If you can solve that then it helps with a lot of things.

Maybe I didn't understand the question - maybe it supposed to be some idiosyncratic thing that bothers me....


Q:

Nopales. It's cactus with cheese on it. It instantly cured me of my 25 year impotence.

A:

Chris and I do a ton of research, and honestly it’s one of the most fun parts. I usually spend at least 12 hours (sometimes a lot more) just watching every interview and reading everything I can find. Chris does his own research, then we kind of bring it all together and match the questions with the right wings so there’s a good flow—I also have to think about how I’m going to be dying on Mad Dog and Blair’s! Our main goal with Hot Ones is for the guest to have fun and feel like they can be free and loose, so it’s important to me for them to know that we went the extra mile to understand what they’re all about, and ask about the shit that other people might leave on the cutting room floor. It’s an honor that people even bring up Nardwuar—he’s a legend!


Q:

Not so much a specific person, but just in general being surrounded by people who are really interested and enthusiastic about what they do.

A:

About my job or taking in refugees in general?

The best thing about my job is feeling like I'm making a difference in the lives of the people I work with, and the best thing about taking in refugees is that we're doing a moral good and saving lives.

The worst thing about my job is feeling like nobody at the top gives a shit and prefer to delegate work down to me, and the worst thing about taking in refugees is that it's a bit inconvenient I guess? Or maybe it's how salty it makes some people on reddit-threads about immigration (read: Muslim-rape guy)


Q:

Even talking about it makes you a braver man than I. I wish I could give you more, but upvotes is our currency.

A:

This makes me so happy!


Q:

Can you still jump over an office chair from a standing position?

Edit: Reference for those who need it.

A:

Who is your favorite red-head, other than yourself?


Q:

Did the dj khaled episode lower your opinion of him?

A:

Hi Simone! I love the work you do.

Have you had any particularly weird or creepy fan encounters?


Q:

Hello,

I am from India. Local people here are usually more sensitive to refugees of similar ethical origin as them OR who speak a similar language as them. But they see the refugees from alien cultures as a burden. What is your experience? What should be done to increase the awareness/ sensitivity of local population to the second kind of refugees?

A:

Forgot to mention, I'm a terrible landlord (I'll probably lose the house in a couple years since I can't afford the taxes) and a musician. I was a broadcaster, but my employer and I had some differences, I owned the building, so I walked away. I don't regret it, but I do miss doing radio every day. That was a little over a year ago.


Q:

The funny thing is when we first started making the programme we were very weary of making too many Spy Creatures and we kept asking ourselves will people start getting bored with them. But that's what was so great about making the series, because we found that each Spy Creature brought something new to the series. They each had their own personality even and reason for being and so in the end, it became quite exciting to see what Spy Creature would appear next in each episode. MG

A:

No. Perhaps a small chair - a stool. I do exercise and ski but my main sport is tennis which doesn't involve jumping. Some people jump over the net but that isn't part of the sport.


Q:

Lucille Ball.

A:

From my heart, I honestly think the DJ Khaled Hot Ones episode is the greatest in series history. I think it will live on long after we're all buried under rocks and dust. It's been amazing to see him go from "put the hinges in the fuccbois hands" to doing Ellen and more TV commercials than Peyton Manning. Truly a national treasure and my proudest work at First We Feast.


Q:

Not IRL no! People are generally super polite and cool. But the internet man. I have a pretty impressive collection of weird-ass screenshots.

A:

Very interesting question.

There is definitely a lot of skepticism when it comes to accepting people of different cultures or ethnicities, even here in Sweden. Xenophobia is in many ways ingrained in us as a survival instinct and the foreign and strange is intimidating. It also doesn't help that the cultural view of certain cultures have become more negative over the years. Arabic culture used to be heavily romanticized, for instance, as were the Pashto during the Afghanistan war, but are now more commonly associated with radical Islamism.

The way we work with integrating refugees into local communities is to encourage communication between ourselves and our neighbours. We volunteer for when there are local events such as BBQs and participate in activities that involed the community. We also have programs where unaccompanied minors are paired up with foster families, where they can go to eat dinner and spend time with Swedes.

It's important that we work from our end to integrate refugees into the local culture, that is the single most effective way to show that they can be an asset to the community.


Q:

Do you got anybody in your life right now? And, if so, have you opened up to them about your past?

A:

This makes me so happy!


Q:

I have to know.. I saw what you got your secret Santa this year and it was amazing but what did YOU end up receiving?

Edit: Helpful Redditors answered my question below so thank you!! Follow up---- what did you think of it and what would you suggest to get you, if I were lucky enough to pull your name this year?

A:

How do you still trust Paul Rudd after all these years of Mac and Me clips?


Q:

Can you get Barack on?

A:

Do you miss living on a boat?


Q:

Greetings! How did you get started with helping refugees? I'm about to graduate from college and would like to get into a similar field. Where's the best place to start?

Side Note: I'm American and trump is cutting funding for refugee assistance which will likely make it more difficult to help.

A:

I truly don't. I'm surrounded by shady characters in a tiny rural community that is paranoid of outsiders, and I'm one of 'em. It's all superficial "don't bring me down man." Not exactly good "bar talk" and that is the ONLY thing to do in this area. There aren't coffee shops and cultural centers for me to engage with people. All I have are drunks that do not want to have their buzz killed. And I respect that. If you don't want my burdens, I won't shuffle 'em off on to you. But it frustrates me that in 5 years I can't find someone that wants to have an earnest conversation about mental wellness and also be intelligent and well educated enough to talk to about it. If I hear one more god damned cat poster motivational slogan, I'm going to rip off my shirt and start tearing it into a little flag so I can plant it in the name of insanity.

edit: my last g/f tried, but she's "studying" psychology from an online web course and isn't smart enough to see that she's being scammed, not educated. Can't think for herself and wants to dole out the shittiest advice while her own life is falling apart. It's rough being a city boy in a country town.


Q:

Hagfish, they can transform a bucket of sea water into slime, they can tie themselves into knots, their super slime is made of a protein that is stronger than spider silk, they will eat you from the inside out (only if you happen to be dead on the sea bed) they are the ghouls of the sea. PD

A:

A contribution to Rotary to help end polio is a gift I would appreciate. Also any great book you have read and found interesting.


Q:

It's like Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the football. I believe in my heart one day he'll do the right thing.

A:

Fingers crossed someday.


Q:

Both yes and no. I don't miss having to worry about it constantly. I do miss being able to jump into the water and swim around my home.

I'm renting it out to a friend now that I'm in the States but I'm actually considering selling it since I'm not planning on moving back to Stockholm anytime soon.

A:

I just emailed the boss of the accomodation, got invited to an interview and was hired on the spot.

I don't know how it is in America, but in Sweden this industry is painfully understaffed. Most responsible adults could probably get a job here. I also know for a fact that several of the higher-up positions are filled by people who started on the "ground floor", so it's not a dead-end job.


Q:

As a rural American, this sounds too familiar. But replace 5 years with decades, and it's highly likely I'll be a loner for the remainder of my life.

Not relevant to the above, but I'm also a survivor of a serial killer, though we all escaped without being harmed.

A:

What, if any safety concerns with the robots did you have to take into consideration or influenced the show?


Q:

Hi Mr. Gates!

Thanks for doing this AMA! You are doing a lot of work eradicating diseases like Polio. In fact you've said that the diseases malaria and polio could be eradicated within the next 15 years, with polio gone as soon as 2019. I'd like to know which other deadly diseases that you think could be either 100% curable affordably or gone completely by 2050?

And one more thing, you have said previously that you think AI can pose a serious threleat to humanity. I'd like to ask, apart from a killswitch, which other precautionary measures we could take to ensure that AI behaves well and doesn't wipe us out?,

Thanks a lot Mr. Gates!

A:

What is your favorite flavor of Ice Cream?


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So I've noticed a little interaction between you and Ethan from h3h3 on Twitter... any chance we get him and/or Hila on Hot Ones soon?

Love the show.

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This was posted by SlightlyCyborgs bot.

I told you I would be here! Your shitty projects are hilarious but not very functional. Are you working on any serious robotics projects?

Also, after you dropped out of college, what was your career progression like? Did you envision yourself doing what you do now? Did you have uncertainty about your future? I resonate with what you have done with your career as I myself am a college dropout maker who builds robots.

Here’s to peace and love and shitty robots that are too dysfunctional to take over the world 🤖 !!!!!

EDIT: I wrote a bot to scan new and be the first to post. I finished it 5 mins before 12pm but you started early!! O well. That is a shittybot for you. At least it posted.


Q:

So what happened last night in Sweden?

But on a more serious note, what has been the most surprising thing you've had to deal with working with the refugees? And what's been your biggest difficulty?

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Good to know there's others out there, toughing it out and holding vigil against the terror. I'm glad to hear that you all walked away! That's incredible. You at least had some inkling of what happened before and after tho. I was initiated this way. It's weird. Had to get it all second and third hand. Dad, understandably, won't talk about it. If I saw what he did, I probably wouldn't want to either.


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Lots of effort went into making sure the spy creatures were safe for deployment. Many of the electronics and batteries were housed in toughened boxes. When filming chimpanzees the spy creatures were disinfected with a spray to kill off any pathogens, chimps are sensitive to catching bacteria and viruses from us because we are so closely related. PD

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One thing to make sure the people who create the first strong AI have the right values and ideally that it isn't just one group way out in front of others. I am glad to see this question being discussed. Google and others are taking it seriously.


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Cherry Garcia

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Yeah, just trying to work out scheduling at this point. I love Ethan and Hila.


Q:

Are you working on any serious robotics projects?

I don't think I'm skilled enough to work on a serious robotics project.... YET!

Also, after you dropped out of college, what was your career progression like? Did you envision yourself doing what you do now? Did you have uncertainty about your future?

I dropped out of college because I got a job as an editor for Sweden's official website. Then I did some odd jobs, and started teaching myself how to program. I don't think I could have envisioned this happening even if I tried. It's way too random to come up with.

And yes, I've had plenty of uncertainty about my future and what I want to do with my time. My brother used to call me the constant life crisis. I still do to some extent, but this is honestly the first time in my life that I have no doubt about that I'm doing exactly what I want to do.

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I got black-out drunk and mained Hanzo all night long.

It was not my proudest moment.

As for your serious question, I think the most surprising thing has probably been just how normal you realize that these people are once the circumstances of their being here stop being as relevant to your interactions with them. Especially the minors. Before they are refugees, before they are Hazara or Syrian or Ethiopian, before they are Muslim or Christian, they are just kids. I double as a substitute teacher, and I see the exact same behaviours in school as I see in the accommodation. They have rebellious phases, they get depressed, they fall in love, they discover new hobbies and interests. They very quickly stop being refugees and start being simply people.

The most difficult thing I've had to deal with is kids who regress because their applications are rejected. Once you know you're not going to stay in the country much longer, you stop caring about anything. I've seen people lock themselves in their rooms for days on end, neglect school and work and friends, and sometimes even become suicidal. What's worse is that there is very little we can do to help them. We can't tell them everything will be alright and that they should hold out hope, because it won't. They've been rejected. It's over.


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And we had no idea what was going on at the time, so it was like a random encounter, and not much of a story to tell.

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How difficult is it to finding funding for documentaries and stuff like this? Even with my favorite documentaries, I often only spend like $20-$30 for a blu ray and that's the extent of my financial contributions.

Seems like it would be really hard to make a business case, but obviously it must be possible or awesome people like you wouldn't be here! :)

So...on a scale of 1-5, how difficult is it, exactly? And would you estimate that a lot of projects that want to get done don't get done because of it? Or am I perhaps overestimating the difficulty?


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Why do you think our healthcare systems have such a hard time leveraging the revolutionary changes in scalability that we've seen in software? Amazon is able to predict what we want, often before we realize we want it, but healthcare systems struggle to even schedule routine appointments and labs.

Having worked on both the healthcare and tech sides, I think people underestimate just how big the differences are between the two fields, but I have a hard time saying who needs to bend more for us to reach a happy compromise. Also, any idea on what we as concerned patients and family members can help to encourage this compromise? I just feel like we're so close to using technology to improve efficiency and thus increase accessibility to care.

Thanks for your time!

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When will you take Jordan to Italy?


Q:

What is the process for choosing the guests? Has Hot Ones gained enough traction and word of mouth that people are excited for it/it has street cred? Or is it almost always you/PR person having to explain the concept over and over again? (Your PR person deserves a metal btw for convincing all these celebrities to participate and even finding ways to contact them.) My only other question(s) would be in regards to the lack of women guests; do you find they are less interested in participating? Or have the male guests just been easier to coordinate/book? Not a question, but I would love to see a duo of women (Key and Peele played off each other so well that was one of my favorite episodes)- maybe Tina Fey and Amy Pohler or Abbi and Ilana from Broad City. Thanks! P.s. as a vegetarian, 1. I still am obsessed with your show and 2. respect for making veggie wings for Ricky and others.

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How did you learn to speak English with basically no discernible Swedish accent?

Love your show and your overall "no shits given" attitude!


Q:

Was I in Sweden last night?

And that's incredibly humanizing to read. It's easy to just sort of quantize them under a title and stop thinking of the normal life issues they deal with like the rest of us do, only the issue that brought them there.

And what percentage of the refugees do get to stay? What do you do to attempt to ease the transition once they find out they had been rejected?

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Horses involved? I feel like I know this tale...


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Oh boy. This is a topic for a couple of beers. it isn't that tough to get funding because there are terrific major donors who make large contributions to help us produce films. Also budgets are covered by many countries that are interested in our films since nature documentaries are universal and you just need to change the language. on a scale, maybe a 3...FK

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It is super important to improve our healthcare system - both to reduce chronic disease but if we don't do better health costs will squeeze out spending on all other government functions.

I agree it is surprising how tough it has been to get digital medical records right and to learn from looking at those records.

Still there are some very promising things going on. For example the idea of looking at a blood sample to find cancer very early so it can be treated. We will be able to use genomic data to tune treatments.

There are a few big problems like diabetes, obesity and neurological conditions including Alzheimer's that we really need to solve.


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Taking Jordan to Italy is already in the works. We're waiting until it's legal to bring a cyborg into a foreign country.

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The unsung hero of this whole thing is our amazing (and persuasive) talent booker Brandon Thomas. At first, we'd have to more or less con people into doing the show. Now, I'd say half our guests are familiar with Hot Ones and some are big fans. We've also had past guests lead to future ones (Tom leads to Padma, Bert leads to Coco, etc). Also, we need to s/o Sarah Honda for doing a little bit of everything. We wouldn't be able to do Hot Ones without her.

We haven't done a good enough job of booking women. In our experience, it's just been a tougher sell but it's something we think about/discuss all the time.

And definitely! Much love and respect to our vegetarian/vegan fans. Those vegan wings w Ricky are some of the best wings I've ever had in my life.


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I've lived in the US for 1.5 years now but I don't think I had that much of an accent before that either. I just like languages and I'm constantly trying to mimic the way people speak. Also I have no shame. It helps when learning something new.

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I don't have the specific numbers, but if you're from Syria or Eritrea, you're basically guaranteed to get to stay. The threat of living anywhere in those countries is so real that there's no question you need asylum.

Other countries aren't as lucky. A lot of Somalians get rejected because their claims are usually hard to substantiate. "Al Shabab threatened my farm" they could say, but the Department of Migration might decide that said farm is too far away from common Al Shabab areas of operation to be a feasible target for them, and so you're sent back. Afghans also struggle, because if they can't prove that they're from an area that's especially dangerous, the DoM has to assume that the threat-level they face isn't high enough to justify asylum and send them back.

Once someone has been rejected we try to do everything we can to stop them from becoming self-destructive or passive. We encourage them to keep going to school, keep seeing friends, keep participating in activities arranged by us. Sometimes that simply doesn't work, however, and we can't do much beside watching them slowly wittle away until finally they're sent off.


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sounds like a life. I'm sorry if I sound like your gf

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A 3? Nice. Okay I was definitely rating it as a 5. Woohoo! YAY MORE NATURE DOCUMENTARIES!


Q:

Did you copy Steve Jobs or did he copy you?

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How is the old time baseball league looking this year?


Q:

Big fan of the show, keep up the good work Sean!

If you could have anyone on the show, dead or alive, who'd it be?

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Any advice to parents of teens and pre-teens? My daughter fears failure and it effects her confidence. You took the failures and found a way to inspire.


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What are your thoughts on the murder of Alexandra Mezher?

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That's okay, I have a life. It's not perfect, but I manage it, and I know that some of my fellow /r/edditors would sever an artery to have anything close to this kind of connection to people. It's just not what I'd become accustomed to. These folks are great people, they just don't see me as one of them, and if I'm honest, that's not untrue. I'm not really even hurt. They accept me plenty, I guess. Just not really my close pals that know anything about me and care if I die tomorrow. They don't ask, I don't volunteer. Their rules.


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What are you talking about! Yes of course it does. Don't listen to Phil! MG

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The main "copying" that went on relative to Steve and me is that we both benefited from the work that Xerox Parc did in creating graphical interface - it wasn't just them but they did the best work. Steve hired Bob Belville, I hired Charles Simonyi. We didn't violate any IP rights Xerox had but their work showed the way that led to the Mac and Windows.


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Thanks for remembering my favorite remote of all time. Sometimes late at night I think about the young woman Nell and how we were supposed to be together but sadly we were born 150 years apart.

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I'd say Andy Kaufman, The Ultimate Warrior and William Shakespeare to have him answer for the ghostwriting accusations on Death Sauce.


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Dude you're asking the girl who pushed over a garbage bin in high school because I was upset about getting a B on a math test.

I used to be a really horrible perfectionist. But most of that went away when I moved to China the first time. When I was 16 I went there as an exchange student and when I got back I was like "maybe I didn't get a perfect score, but I CAN SPEAK CHINESE MOTHERFUCKERS"

Looking back, I think focusing on the process rather than the end product. Things rarely happen the way you expect them to, and maybe the thing you end up with after numerous of failures is better than what it would have been if everything went well from the start, or you learn something new.

But to be honest I still struggle with it. I've just redefined what success is for me, because now a success is when everything goes wrong in an entertaining way. I just try to be compassionate towards myself and realize that if I beat myself up about not performing at my best that's just going to hinder me long term. I just try to not be a dick to myself.

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It was an absolute tragedy, and she shouldn't have had to be in that situation alone. I consider it a failure on the part of the people she worked on that her safety wasn't adequately considered. Any experienced worker knows when a situation requires extra hands, and this one definitely did.

Do I worry that the same could happen to me? No.


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Sorry if this is insensitive, but... why stay there?

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I love roasted pineapple. But i feel pineapple is so unique as a topping that it overwhelms that which is pizza.
Not that I dislike pineapple pizza. But there is way too big of a contrast of a bite with and a bite without pineapple. Maybe if they made it so pineapple was in every bite. But that would get bland. But the way it is now the contrast is so overwhelming. Although that contrast in and of itself could be beautiful. I can't decide if I love it or hate it!
PS: Make sure Phil sees this.


Q:

Mr Gates!

Any thoughts on the current state of the U.S.?

A:

This is a question for Conanando. I am a 30 year old Hispanic male, about to get married in sept of this year. Any solid suggestions for wedding vows?


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So Sean, we've got a thing we like to do around here called Explain That 'Gram. We do a deep dive on our guests Instagram and we just want the bigger picture. That sound good to you? Ok, here we go.

Shaq!? Come on Sean, have you been holding out on us?

And what about this guy? You're on Reddit, we're all about cute animals here. Give us the scoop.

And last but not least. 🎺🎺🎺

Thanks for joining us! Love Hot Ones. Keep it up.

EDIT: Hey, what's going on Hot Ones fans? If you liked my comment maybe meet me halfway, throw me an upvote. If you didn't like my comment, I don't want ya, I don't want ya in the thread. But if you did, upvote. Thank you very much. I appreciate you. I love you. More than a friend.

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Hi Simone! Thanks for doing this AMA.

What's your favorite part of your work?!


Q:

True 1/3 Swedish women are afraid to leave their homes ?

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The building. I need to pay the taxes, and I can't just walk away form it without a trustworthy manager to watch it and collect rent while I'd be away, and now I have a lien because I'm late on the taxes (and they'll likely never get paid now) and now I can't sell my house to get out. It's a poverty stricken town that likes to turn people into "criminals" and steal from them. Civil rights abuses. I was a law abiding citizen five years ago. Now I have a huge rap sheet for traffic offenses, among other misdemeanors.


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Maybe that could be a new rule when making a pizza with pineapple on it. That every bite must contain pineapple. I'd like that! To be honest I think another question could be does any type of seafood belong on a pizza? MG

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Overall like Warren Buffett I am optimistic about the long run. I am concerned in the short run that the huge benefits of how the US works with other countries may get lost. This includes the aid we give to Africa to help countries there get out of the poverty trap.


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If you're future wife is anything like mine she'll insist on taking out the part of the vows where you promise to honor and obey your husband. Try really hard to get that part back in.

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LOL! Love this!

Shaq: So, I interviewed Shaq after some event in which he was a model for an art class full of drunken bros. I stole a horrible painting off one especially drunk dude, gifted it to Shaq during the interview and then he kissed me on the top of my bald head and said "Such a good dude."

That's my friend Sarah's dog Thor! I'd dog sit Thor from time to time back in the Chicago days.

And finally, made healthy deserts with John Cena and Emily Oberg. Just a day in the life. He told me a great story about how his first wrestling persona was a "half man, half machine" thing that he never got off the ground. Trying desperately to get him on Hot Ones.

And the Chrissy Teigen thing is a blur. Just standing there after an interview and getting licked by a supermodel. I think it was my first or second day in NYC.


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The people I get to hang out with and work with! My manager Luke Girgis, my right-hand-man Scott Lawrie, Kristen Lomasney who helps with social media stuff (and who set up this AMA), and of course Adam Savage who always answers my most random questions. And the people on my Patreon, because they are so fucking kind and cuddly.

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I don't think so, I haven't ever heard about that.


Q:

What do you think about the glorification of serial killers or the media's exploitation of these types of crimes for ratings?

A:

That's a debate for another time. Too much to think about!


Q:

Hi Bill,

I'm going to become a father this summer. Do you have any advice you wouldn't mind sharing, from one dad to a dad-to-be?

Thanks!

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How do you keep your hair sooo amazing and perfect?


Q:

How do you guys decide on a new sauce within the lineup?

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Hi Simone, I'm your moms neighbor, and I think I really scared you once while racing to get my cats anal glands fixed(Don't ask.).

I have only one question: Will you ever bring Adam to Stockholm?


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This was in an article from January based on an investigation made from an institution under the ministry of justice so it seems pretty legit.

Link:

Article - did not find it in english

http://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/bra-kvinnors-otrygghet-alarmerande/

About the institute

https://www.bra.se/bra/bra-in-english/home/about-bra.html

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That's a toughy. I fell into that for a while. Goth phase and all that in HS. I'm not personally offended, that's just culture. And to act like the characters in films aren't entertaining would be an outright lie to myself. Most people that I know that do this, really just want to appear tough or strong or interesting. Mostly it's a mask of protection. A good way to spot the others wearing similar masks. Anyone that loudly purports to be in love with serial murderers and thinking that's the coolest thing in the world, has a basic empathy problem. White trash are the most prevalent among the people I've met that idolize these deluded souls.

Ratings, on the other hand... I'm going to recuse myself, I work in broadcasting. It's just cold hard fact that people tune in to see blood and guts. It's a morbid fascination, and it sells.


Q:

Every spy creature produces results that is often surprising. Reactions can vary depending on the subject. But there is a pattern to how they react. We always deploy the spycreatures when the animals are not around, for example if they are away foraging. We then wait for them to return. First reaction is normally curiosity , they investigate it, make an assessment and realise it's not a threat and then they ignore it. Once they are happy and relaxed around the spycreature that's when we the magic happens. But I have to say the Caledonian crows did not seem too interested in Spy Crow, he was very much there as a passive observer. But he did look a bit scruffy compared to the real crows. PD

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I just went on a trip with my 17 year old son to see 6 colleges. He is a junior in High School and trying to figure out where he should go. Trips like that have been a great way to spend time together. He reads even more about politics than I do so I let him pick books for me to read.

Melinda is very creative about helping me find chances to spend time with the kids. Even just driving them to school is a great time to talk to them.


Q:

Mayonnaise, corn starch and embalming fluid. Bake at 125 degrees for 1 hour.

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At the end of the day, we probably put WAY too much thought into the sauces but it’s part of the fun, and it’s been cool to meet more people in the hot sauce game. We pick certain types in the hopes that they hit our guests differently throughout the interview. I’m pretty sure Chris has had sleepless nights thinking about Bravado Ghost Pepper & Blueberry sauce. We talk about things to swap in and out all the time. We’ll probably switch it up again soon!


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I have no memory of this. Maybe too traumatic? Hope your cat's butt is ok (I'm going to end every conversation with that from now on)

I'm not sure! Would be interesting to observe him and my mom meeting though.

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Brå is a trustworthy source, so there's no questioning its validity.

I had not read this study, it's very valuable (and quite disturbing) information. Thank you for sharing!


Q:

What do you think about Universal Basic Income?

A:

Does the superhero outfit still fit, and how often do you just wear it around the office?


Q:

Not many people here know that you also are also a journalist for Complex. How did you get involved with that? What does Jinx smell like?

Also, how does it feel to never age?

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Hi Simone! I'm a big tested fan. I have really enjoy the energy you bring to "still untitled." In one of your last videos, you used a 3D printer to make a new claw for your claw machine. How have you found 3D printing? Did you find that there was much of a learning curve?


Q:

Would you say these immigrants are more prone to committing crimes over a normal Swedish citizen? (Not trying to be rude or mean-spirited just want your opinion)

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Over time countries will be rich enough to do this. However we still have a lot of work that should be done - helping older people, helping kids with special needs, having more adults helping in education. Even the US isn't rich enough to allow people not to work. Some day we will be but until then things like the Earned Income Tax Credit will help increase the demand for labor.


Q:

It does fit. I do not wear it at the office at all; I wear it at home, and to the gym at Venice beach.

A:

I used to freelance for Complex while I was living in Chicago. At pretty much the exact moment Complex launched its video operation, I was in New Orleans interviewing a bunch of people for print pieces. They asked me if they could put the interviews on camera to help get the YouTube page off the ground and I was hyped as fuck because my life was extremely boring at the time. I remember studying note cards and being nervous as hell for, like, a five minute video interview with 2 Chainz lol. Anyway, to get back on track... Complex liked the video pieces enough to offer me a full time job so I quit my gig in Chicago, sold my shit and moved to NYC 30 days later.

Jinx smells like cigar guts and Old Spice.

And, it took some digging but here's my first ever video interview! Peep the beautiful head of hair LMFAO! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoiPLM1oVvk


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I feel like I'm a pretty late adopter of 3D printing, because I really hated designing 3D models. But then Prusa sent me one of their printers and I got really sold. There's definitely a learning curve, but it doesn't take much to get started.

A:

I think refugees are more vulnerable to being taken advantage of by criminal elements. That is a problem we have to combat regularly and it can be difficult. Thankfully we have an effective network across several accommodations, so if for instance one of our residents is hanging out with a drug dealer we can make sure that person is not welcome at any of our locations.


Q:

Hi Bill and thanks for doing this. I recently read 2017 annual letter in response to Warren Buffet on the impact of his donation (2006) to your foundation, and the world it serves, and I thought the information you highlighted was incredibly powerful and insightful. For those of us that cannot start our own foundation, or even if we could, how do you recommend finding a cause worth fighting for? Clearly your access to information and resources has allowed you to isolate some of the world's larger problems and find those folks who can actually make a difference. But where did you start? (For those who haven't seen it- https://www.gatesnotes.com/2017-Annual-Letter?WT.mc_id=02_14_2017_02_AL2017GFO_GF-GFO_&WT.tsrc=GFGFO)

Lastly, can I ask for your opinion on the status of the world refugee crisis. I've seen a lot of information on both sides of the fence, but I think I lean towards the belief that charity/donations need go into these communities and the folks that relocate are often the top thinkers/earners that could truly change their home country if they stayed. Here is a rather oversimplified video that summarizes the basis of my thoughts, I'd love to hear your view on all of this. (Poverty/refugee by numbers- https://youtu.be/LPjzfGChGlE)

Thanks again for taking the time. You truly are a visionary, role model, and hero without a cape to many of us worldwide.

Edit: formatting

A:

What does Andy smell like?


Q:

Did Bobby Lee really poop himself! If so, how bad did it smell?

A:

How's the pressure to constantly censor yourself here in the US /on the YouTubes?


Q:

"Also you guys have an orange president now? Do you color code your leaders?"

How am I to take you seriously as an unbiased expert when the above comment is in your introduction? [Serious]

A:

There are so many ways to get involved - schools have mentorship and volunteering opportunities. Small gifts to things like Donors Choose have a big impact. I think most people start getting involved in local social service organizations. If you can travel to developing countries and see the needs there that is also great. It is great to start philanthropy when you are young.

In the long run the way to avoid refugee problems is to help countries develop by having good health, education and governance - fortunately the overall trend is good despite huge setbacks like Syria, South Sudan and Somalia. Unicef has a lot of good information about how to help with the current refugee challenges: http://uni.cf/2ltdjfr


Q:

Sandalwood and regret.

A:

We did not cotton swab test his underpants or anything so there's no way to know for sure but it did seem like a serious situation in real time.


Q:

I'm obviously not doing a great job of it. I think it's a hard balance to find. Sure I could omit some shits and fucks, but 90% of my humor is genital-based so it's just not that G-rated anyway. I think it's just that people generally mistake me for a science communicator, which tend to be very clean and kid-friendly. Sure, a part of it is science communication, but mostly it's just some sort of niche robot comedy.

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I'm not sure why this would call my impartiality into question? I just joked about the fact that Donald Trump looks like he has spent a bit too long in a sauna. Would you think I was biased if I had joked about Obama's ears when he was president? ("Aren't you listening in on our private conversations enough?" is totally what I would say)


Q:

Bill, big fan but I've got a question and I need you to formally settle it.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

A:

Is a hotdog a sandwich?


Q:

Hey Sean! You've eaten the Carolina Reaper twice and I wanna know which time was it the most painful? Also, what was your bowel movement like after eating it?

Thank you

A:

What small thing will make your entire day, and what will ruin it?


Q:

Are you going to be happy when your culture is dead? Hope your like sharia.

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Good question. If you don't have a bun then it absolutely is not. If you slice the hot dog and put it on a normal piece of bread (like Burgermaster) then it is. When you use a hot dog bun then it is ambiguous.


Q:

Because the bread is connected, and forms a "hinge" if you will, it falls under the "taco" classification. Ergo, hotdogs and tacos are not sandwiches. The pita, however, takes us into strange territory and demands further study.

A:

The second time was 100x worse. Feel like my entire body was like, "You. Dumbass." and completely shut down. Afterwards I was in the fetal position on my bathroom floor for at least an hour thinking about my lot in life in a very existential way. Now if I even smell a Carolina Reaper my cheeks water up. I'd say never again if it weren't for that charming motherfucker Chili Klaus.


Q:

Getting a package in the mail will make it, having socks that slip off will ruin it.

A:

Even if we assume Sweden will become a nation under sharia law, that hardly means our culture will die. People from Afghanistan still have a distinct culture to people from Syria, for instance.


Q:

STEM, or STEAM?

A:

Hey Conan, big fan.

How did you become friends with Jack White?


Q:

Sean, when are you going to come on down to Nashville & do a Nashville Hot Chicken special?

A:

Hi Simone, I absoloutely love your videos!

As another woman in a male-dominated field (computer science), I was wondering if you have any advice for other women in STEM trying to figure it all out? I feel like I experience a lot of imposter syndrome compared to my non-STEM female friends.


Q:

So is it true that you guys put refugees in luxury apartments while living in crappy apartments yourself?

A:

I am not sure if Steam here means the gaming platform or adding Arts to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I have always been a big STEM fan but I have nothing against either STEAM.


Q:

True story: I met Jack and Meg in a bowling alley in Detroit in 1999 while shooting a remote. They were part of a group of people that came over and hung out. Later, they became famous and told me they were part of the group that were chatting and drinking beers all night. I totally lucked out. Since then, I just hang out in bowling alleys looking for future rock stars.

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Check out this vid I did w Redban: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f0pxdL1vsE

I'd love to go to Nashville and get some Hattie B's or Prince's straight from the source. Hopefully we can make that happen soon.


Q:

Hey I struggle a lot with imposter syndrome too. I very often find that I want to excuse myself for lack of skill, knowledge, chest hair, etc etc etc. But I really try not to, because I've realized that the way you talk about yourself, and more importantly to yourself becomes this self-fulfilling prophecy.

You have every right to be where you are and having no fucking clue what you're doing is an inevitable part of doing something hard.

A:

Actually several accommodations are being shut down due to cuts in the budget and we're not really sure where everyone is going to stay.

And my apartment is quite nice, thank you very much.


Q:

Hey, Mr. Gates! Was there any book that helped you through your career?

A:

Do you ever wish you were an animal instead of a human, and if so which one?


Q:

How far in advance in the guest list booked? Secondly, when you reach out to someone who has never heard of the show before, how do you guys pitch this interview?

A:

What does your tattoo say?


Q:

Did the refugees rape you in the ass?

A:

I have recommended a book called Business Adventures that chronicles some big successes and failures - I learned a lot from that.


Q:

See my previous answer about the penis covered stegosaurus.

A:

We're pretty run and gun. Sometimes it's feels like a professional organization where we have a shoot scheduled two weeks in advance and a peg/launch date. Other times we just hop on a plane or pop up shop our show with, like, 48 hours notice (sometimes less).


Q:

it says that I was 18 and took myself way too seriously.

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No


Q:

How many four year olds would you kill before they killed you?

A:

Who was your favourite interview so far? And also who is the number 1 person you want on the show that haven't been on yet?


Q:

Hi Simone!

Do your shitty robot ideas just pop into your head or do you schedule thinking sessions to imagine your next shitty design?

Also, does tested have a p.o. box or something that people can send tested related material?

Hope your day is going swimmingly, all the best!

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I'm curious though, what cultural values are there that encourage crime?

How about the ones that do not respect another human being and seem to allow males to rape without consequence? Is that the type of cultural value that would arguably encourage crime?


Q:

I was in this scenario two years ago. I wounded one before nine of them took me down and ripped the flesh from my bones with their baby teeth.

A:

The interviews that felt the best while they were happening were Joe Budden, Russell Brand, NORE (obviously), Jay Pharoah, T.J. Miller, T-Pain (and many others). I think the best pound for pound interview was probably Ricky Gervais? Then there's a whole other category of episodes I appreciate because of the ground they cover.

But, my favorite thing about Hot Ones is that it seems like the fans all have their own favorites, for their own reasons. My favorite episodes are the ones no on can agree on, where one comment is "Worst guest ever!" and the next is "GOAT episode!" That's how I know we've hit the right Hot Ones notes.


Q:

I rarely schedule thinking sessions, but I do try to make sure that I have enough free time to get bored. If I'm overworked and stressed I never come up with anything, but as soon as I have too much time on my hands my brain starts looking for things to spend it on.

ALSO I LOVE GETTING PACKAGES SO SO MUCH

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A:

That does sound like a problematic cultural value. Specifically which culture has this value? Is it Islamic culture? Where in the Quran is rape encouraged?


Q:

What are you listening to lately, favorite new album or something older I should check out?

A:

Sean, you said during the Gaffigan episode that you went to U of I. What was your major? And how the hell did you get from here to doing the best interview show in the world?


Q:

Lets say your astronaut training program is successful, what type of cheese would you take into space and why?

A:

My son really got me into 21 Pilots other than that my wife and I like to slow dance to John Grisham audio books.


Q:

I was a broadcast journalism major at University of Illinois. S/o to Prof. John Paul. If the ball bounced differently in life, I think I would've been the weatherman at WCIA-TV. And who knows maybe someday I will be.

A:

OMG CAN VEGAN PEOPLE PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY'RE VEGAN

But yeah, any type of nut cheese. Not a big fan of the milk industry.


Q:

Hi Conan. It's Riley, the intern that you yelled at the other day for eating too many almonds. My question: How much water does it take to produce a single almond?

A:

If you could pick any 1 porn star to appear on Hot Ones, who would you pick and why?


Q:

I'm glad I had enough sense to Google "cheese made from nuts" instead of "nut cheese".

A:

Riley, I yelled at you because you exceeded my 'one almond an hour' rule. That wastes water (an almond takes 1.1 gallons of water to produce).


Q:

We've talked about this quite a bit. Top of the list is Teanna Trump but maybe you guys can help us out??? Who do you want to see? Feel like the Reddit community could have some valuable input here lol.

A:

oh damn. I can usually trust my brain to catch every possible sexual innuendo...


Q:

Hey Conan.

If you could turn into any vegetable at will, what would it be and why?

A:

Eating hot foods has never been the problem for me, that comes later. How does your butthole hold up to this sort of punishment week after week? Is it like building a callus where it eventually isn't a problem anymore?


Q:

How were you raised? As a father of a new daughter, I want her to be as inspired and as motivated as you. What did your parents do to encourage such drive?

A:

The Asparagus, because I could change the odor of your urine against your will.


Q:

I already answered a question about my butthole. NO MORE BUTTHOLE QUESTIONS! Sean Spicer voice

A:

Aaaw! My parents were very loving and irresponsible. They let us do pretty much anything. But most of all they always encouraged our interests and creativity. I built a lot of random stuff when I was a kid and my parents could complain about me not cleaning up, but never about making a mess in the first place. My mom also had this way of navigating around conflicts. For example, my brother really wanted to go to preschool in shorts in the middle of Swedish winter. Instead of arguing with him about it she made him promise to put on pants if he got cold. Sure as fuck he takes one step outside and immediately gets the pants out of his backpack.


Q:

Hi Conan! Thanks for consistently making me laugh out loud. What is your favorite cereal?

A:

I found this awesome show through TJ Miller. I loved it right away. Before my brother moved away we did Nine of the ten sauces from last season (sans Sriracha) and it was pure agony. Yet, by the time we finished there was a certain euphoria that you and your guests have pointed out. After two weeks I had a crazy urge to repeat the challenge again. So my wife and I have done so about once every two months.

Obviously with the frequency episodes have been coming out you don't wait that long, but I was wondering what the minimal amount of time between shoots you'll allow? Also what your immediate cool down routine is once the cameras turn off... Thanks!

P.S~ picture proof of pain.

http://imgur.com/0MlkUsV

http://imgur.com/kqYDudB


Q:

Hi Simone! Big fan of your work.

I haven't gotten a chance to tinker with robotics at work for a while, and am trying to think up a small project I can do in my free time to keep my skills sharp. I figured I might ask the queen of shitty robots for help: How do you come up with ideas for projects?

A:

It's a tie between Fruit Loops and Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries


Q:

I mean, you have to do what you have to do to keep the show going. We've shot three episodes in a week before, which can be pretty brutal. My immediate cool down routine is to go back to my apartment or hotel, throw on some basketball shorts, crank the air conditioning and tell everyone to not bother me for a few hours. I've actually come to kind of look forward to those peaceful, very Zen after hours.

A:

Finding something in your everyday life that you want to improve is usually a good place to start!


Q:

Favorite person you have played guitar with?

A:

Hey /u/Seanseaevans! Let me just start with a huge thank you for all the support for r/Hotones. /u/Alexrock88, /u/PrettyBoyFlizzy, and I have had a blast building this Reddit community around your fantastic show and the general user base you generate is much friendlier than that of other internet hosts so kudos! I've got a three parter for you if you don't mind.

1) What is the one event you would attribute the most to "getting your foot in the door" to the career you are currently on?

2) What ever happened with the Aussie knockoff that you spoke to Bert about?

3) Are there any plans to either be on Joe Rogan's Podcast or have him on your show in the future?

~~ /r/HotOnes CSS Mod ~~

/u/Matt8858


Q:

What tools should everyone own?

A:

It's a tie between Jack White and Springsteen


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Whadddup Matt! As far as getting my foot in the door, it's really about taking advantage of opportunities. Long story short... I was working a copywriter job in a cubicle in Chicago but I'd freelance on the side for some extra money and because I needed a creative outlet. That led to freelancing for Complex, which led to meeting Chris Schonberger (EIC at First We Feast), which led to this ridiculous show, which led to me answering your question here.

As far as I can tell, Fox Sports Australia washed "Burning Questions" from the world. Maybe those ding dongs are still doing it but they've definitely stopped putting it on YouTube. S/o Bert Kreischer btw!

I've never spoken to Joe. I don't get the impression that he does much press and he told Bert he wouldn't do Hot Ones on the JRE. But we'd kill to have him on the show if he changed his mind. Obviously, if he ever invited me to JRE I'd be there w my sauces ready to get weird.

A:

A dremel tool. I use mine for EVERYTHING. Including pedicures. Don't tell foot fetish people.


Q:

Conan! Boston native here. I want to take my girl out for a real nice dinner to celebrate, anywhere in the Brookline/Boston/Quincy area. What do you suggest? If I can tell her I'm taking her somewhere (even if it's Taco Bell) because Conan Fucking O'Brien suggested it, she'd love it.

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  1. Who're some of your favorite artists?

  2. You probably get a lot of the same requests for certain guests, but who's someone that you'd like to interview (or have interviewed) that doesn't come up too often?


Q:

God kväll.

First off, thanks for motivating me to get into robotics so i can finally do something with my life, even though im shit at practical stuff, so i ended up in Programming.

If you were to build one horse sized Duckbot and one hundred duck sized Horsebots, which side would win and how many people would die in the process?

A:

Go to Pino's Pizza in Cleveland Circle. There's only two tables but it's the only pizza my family and I eat. I've been going there since elementary school.


Q:

Too many to name but The Weeknd is killing shit right now. Over the course of my life tho Biggie, DMX and Kanye are probably the artists with the most mileage in my headphones. Sort of an under the radar white whale for me is Adam Carolla because he's my hero and won't fuck with Hot Ones at all which make me want him even more.

A:

kudos on putting such a relevant twist on that question.

I feel the horse sized duckbot would win, especially if the bill got equipped with, say knives. Might be worth building..


Q:

All 45 US presidents engage to a fight to the death. Who makes it out alive?

A:

I love you. Do you think Gordon Ramsey will ever agree to coming onto the show?


Q:

Do you consider yourself a role model for girls interested in robotics or other STEM fields? And what do you think about the challenges (harassment, etc.) that many women are encountering in these fields?

A:

Harry S. Truman. Do not screw with Harry S. Truman.


Q:

I hope so. Feel like YouTube commenters are just going to keep coming at our necks every week 'til it happens.

A:

Honestly, I struggle a bit with the whole role model concept, because it's a responsibility and not something you can really opt in our out of. But I especially struggle with people saying that I'm a role model for girls, not because there's anything wrong with being that but because I feel that there's this weird notion that women can only be role models for other women. I honestly think it's just as important for men to have female role models.

As for harassment, I've fortunately been pretty spared from it. Sure there's a steady stream of sexual slurs in the comments, but it's definitely not been as bad as I anticipated.


Q:

Have you received any offers to play professional soccer after your incredible display with Gio Dos Santos?

A:

Sean what toilet paper do you recommend to cool the burning sensation your ass experiences following your show??


Q:

What do you do with the purposely shitty robots you make after you've done a video with them? Do they get hung in a hall of fame or do they just get tossed in the trashbin?

A:

Thanks for calling that an incredible display. The goal I scored was so incredibly fake that I felt bad for the goalie who had to pretend to miss a ball moving at 2mph.


Q:

Charmin Ultra Soft

A:

I keep them! Some of them are packed up and some of them are hanging on the wall in my workshop. I try to not slaughter them for parts because I often bring them to events, TV shows etc.


Q:

Are you secretly in love with Jeff Goldblum?

A:

I don't think I've been very secretive about it. If I cold mate with The Fly, I would.


Q:

Is there ever going to be a beard reprise? I wouldn't be mad about it...

A:

I got a complete 50/50 response on the beard. Half the people loved it, half the people hated it. Since it was my kids who hated it, it had to go. Don't fear, I still keep it in the attic with my wedding dress.


Q:

Do you plan on traveling all over the world with the Conan Show ?

A:

I'd like to keep this going as long as I can. It's really fun, and at this stage in my career it feels like something new and exciting. I've always loved my job, but the one downside is being in the studio every day. The chance to travel and try my comedy out on people who speak different languages is a great joy.


Q:

Is Bill Tull really like that?

A:

Yes, Bill Tull is exactly like that.


Q:

Do you have to adjust your comedy routine when traveling to a different country (in this case, Mexico) or is comedic timing universal?

Thank you and looking forward to tonight's episode!

A:

That's a great question. What surprised me the most is how little I have to adjust. Especially in Mexico. The Mexican people are really funny and sharp, and they always got the joke instantly - and they weren't afraid to give me a hard time. I'm very comfortable being the underdog when I do remotes, and all the Mexican people I encountered were great and generous improvisors.


Q:

What does marshawn lynch smell like?

A:

Skittles, Hennessy and a new born kitten.


Q:

Hi Conan, I've brought a puppet to your studio audience a few times, but the last time Jeff Ross sternly requested I keep it down during the show. Why does Jeff Ross hate puppets?

A:

Jeff Ross was molested by a puppet in 1958. When he testified in court he had to point to a human to show where the puppet touched him.


Q:

Hi Conan, my left pinky finger has been twitching since midnight and seems to have moved to my buttocks. Any tips?

A:

Without intimate photos it's hard to say. I'll send you some.


Q:

Your remotes are probably my favorite thing you do. In the future, would you ever consider doing a travel show? I'd definitely watch that. Thanks for all the laughs.

A:

Great idea. I'd love to do a travel show. In fact, I'm going to go shoot one in Mexico right now. It will air tonight at 10pm on TBS. Look for your name in the credits under "Idea By".


Q:

Hi Conan! Did the trip improve your Spanish? Any new words or phrases you'd love to share?

A:

I honestly think my accent for stronger, and I think if I lived in Mexico City for a while I would get better much faster. My favorite phrase is on the back of a jacket someone gave me; it's "México es Chingón".


Q:

What was it like to speak to former president Vicente Fox and did you take away anything that you weren't expecting from your trip to Mexico?

A:

President Vicente Fox was very funny, and although he was talking about a serious issue, he came prepared almost like a comedian. He entirely caught the spirit of what we were trying to do, and he's a big part of the show.


Q:

There has been a rise in antimicrobial resistance in recent years due to abuse and overuse of antibiotics. What do you think needs to be done to change this trend? Also, I have a degree in Microbiology and have been applying to state level Epidemiologist positions with no luck. Where should I find good entry level positions in this field that will help bolster my resume and make me a better candidate for these positions?

A:

My father Dr. Thomas F. O'Brien who works at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston has been working hard on this problem for decades. He's the smartest guy I know. He and his team have been working hard on this serious issue for a long time.


Q:

Tequila or Mezcal?

A:

Tequila


Q:

Conan, in 40 years time after you stop doing your show, would u consider doing conan travels as a netflix show?

A:

in 40 years time we'll all be brains in jars connected to a giant server. But yes, my brain will travel the world.


Q:

Are you okay bud?

A:

Wow. Your friendly, casual demeanor cracked through my cold emotionless exterior. The answer is no. Bud's not okay.


Q:

What is your all time favorite book?

A:

The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara


Q:

Do the drapes match the curtains?

A:

Still no curtains. My dad says it happens for guys at different times.


Q:

If your really conan then, what's something only he would know?

A:

I have a scar from an appendectomy on my lower right abdomen. I have three cats named Thor, Maow and Cleo and the only one I like is Thor. My ATM Pin is 1494.


Q:

What was it like playing video games with Tom Brady?

A:

I'm from Boston, and a huge Patriots fan. We had to edit out all the times I tried to kiss him.


Q:

Do you have any particularly vivid memory of your time at Brookline High School? Warriors rule

A:

My favorite moment was when I threw the big pass that won the game. Or maybe that was Jimmy Hennessey.

Seriously, I went back to Brookline High School about 15 years ago, and it was so much nicer then when I was there. They actually had a sushi bar (not kidding). I felt like I had gone to high school during the Great Depression.


Q:

Thank you for taking your show to Mexico for your travel special. I love the country!

Of the places you visited, what was your favorite? Would you go back to do another episode or for a vacation? What the tastiest meal you had? What is Diego Luna like?

A:

I went to the Trotsky museum; it's the house where Leon Trotsky was murdered with an ice pick. I think it's safe to say that I'm the only late night host to ever go there.


Q:

Hey Conan, would you rather have a vagina on your forehead or have a row of penises down your back like a stegosaurus?

A:

Ah, the old classic question. I've always been a penis stegosaurus guy.


Q:

What's your favorite television show?

A:

"Conan: Made in Mexico" (which airs tonight at 10pm on TBS). Aside from that, season two of One Tree Hill. When Peyton hit bottom, I thought my life was over.


Q:

What's your favorite key and scale to solo in?

A:

A.


Q:

Are we dating?

A:

I think it's time to tell people that yes, we are dating.


Q:

Will we ever see the Masturbating Bear again?

A:

In 2015, The Masturbating Bear died of autoerotic asphyxiation alone in a Motel 6 in Flagstaff, AZ. He was buried with full military honors.


Q:

How is Mike Sweeney still alive? What sort of superfood do you feed him?

A:

Don't make fun of Mike Sweeney - he served our country valiantly during the Korean war. We give Mike Sweeney the same hormones they inject into old Redwoods. Currently there's a branch growing out between his shoulder blades.


Q:

What is one word you use to describe Timothy Olyphant?

A:

Olyphantastic


Q:

Favourite Beatle?

A:

Liam Cartwright. He played tenor sax with the group, but left for better things in '58.


Q:

Did you bring back any Mexico made items?

A:

I have some great leather "F The Wall" boots from President Vicente Fox, a "México es Chingón" jacket, and a Trostsky keychain.


Q:

Hey Conan! I imagine you're a busy guy, but did you ever finally get to meet Forss Fagerstrom?

A:

No, I did not. It's one of the great disappointments of my life.


Q:

Craziest moment on the show?

A:

After something like 4500 hours of weird awkward television, I honestly cannot answer that.


Q:

Hello Conester, I've been to Mexico many times and it's one of my favorite countries to visit. When you were there, were people really hesitant about Americans?

A:

Absolutely not. The Mexican people were warm, friendly and eager to participate in the show. We spent a week there. I met thousands of people and I never felt the slightest hint of trepidation or hostility.