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BusinessWe are from the HEROcoin team starting the first Austrian ICO in two days! AUA

Sep 12th 2017 by HEROcoin • 29 Questions • 35 Points

Hello Reddit!

My name is Eric Sanders (although I was originally called Ignaz Schwarz) and I was born in Vienna in 1919.

As a Jew I escaped the Nazis and headed to London where I luckily arrived in 1938. I joined the British Army and eventually the SOE (Special Operations Executive). Since the end of the war I have written several plays and a script for the film 'Nasser' along with two autobiographies (one in German and the other in English) and have now turned my eye, at the wonderfully ripe age of 97, towards writing books.

I have just finished writing a two part book called Mazes (blurb here: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71VR4-JXffL.jpg) and I will also be holding a book launch event at the BAFTA venue on Saturday 16th September, feel free to PM me if you are interested in attending!

Proof: https://imgur.com/a/MCa3p (I will upload a picture of me with a sign when I come back to answer questions!).

Proof 2: https://imgur.com/a/xq86j

Ask Me Anything!

We will be answering questions today at 18:30pm GMT (13:30pm Eastern Time, 10:30am PCT)

1st Edit: Silly me, I put Non-fiction in the title but I meant Fiction! (Grandson's fault)

2nd Edit: Just going to have some dinner, we will be back in 30 minutes!

3rd Edit: Well it's getting pretty late now so we'll finish for today however my Grandson will be back here with me on Thursday 14th September to answer some more of your questions. Many thanks for all of your wonderful questions, I have been truly amazed at the sheer amount of questions and the amount of people who would be interested in this topic!

4th Edit: We are back again today at 18:30pm GMT (13:30pm Eastern Time, 10:30am PCT) to answer some more questions

Q:

Question, what will the coin's short name be? "HERO" already seems to be taken? https://coinmarketcap.com/assets/sovereign-hero/

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Ever since your morning of fame, what impact has it had on your route to work every day? Any new perspectives? Thanks!


Q:

We keep destroying our environment and the beautiful creatures that share it with us. How do you keep your chin up and remain optimistic about where humanity is headed? It's tough these days, and I'd love to hear your perspective.

A:

Hey Adam, I've always loved following everything you do, from Mythbusters to watching your builds on Tested. What recommendations do you have for someone who likes to build things, but has minimal tools?


Q:

What would you like your headstone to read?

A:

Do you have a favorite recipe from childhood?

Can/will you share it?


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PLAY

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Not a lot different. I drive an average car so most people don't notice me but last night, one lady at a stop light rolled down her window to ask me questions.


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As we look at what is happening in the world today, it is very, very grim. And because of that, a lot of people feel helpless, feel hopeless, and so they do nothing. And they fall into apathy and despair. So I have reasons for hope. I will share them quickly. One is the energy, commitment, and determination of young people and they are empowered to take action in programs like Roots & Shoots. Secondly, the human brain. We have this extraordinary weapon. We are finally beginning to use it to create clean green energy and find a new way of interacting with the environment and live in harmony with the other creatures. It's very strange, in fact the most intellectual creature to ever walk the planet is destroying it's only home. And I believe there's a disconnect between a clever brain and the human heart and compassion. Only when the head and heart work in harmony can we reach our true human potential. And this, I believe, is to come. From the resilience of nature, we can help to once again support life. Animals are on the very brink of extinction and we have to give them another chance. Next there is social media, which as we all know can spew out a lot of rubbish and misinformation. But, used in the right way, it means that for the first time in human history, we can bring people to together around the world who all care about a particular issue like climate change so that there can be hundreds, thousands, millions, eventually billions of people all raising their voices and demanding change so that we can make a big difference and politicians will have two listen and will have to make change. And finally, the human spirit. People who tackle what seems impossible and never give up. It's so important to realize that every single one of us has that same indomitable spirit. We just have to nurture it and let it grow to make a bigger impact for good.

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start with paper and cardboard. Move to other more advance materials as your comfort level increases. You can do amazing things with minimal tools. Google "Cardboard Armor".


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Go away.

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Hi there,

I don't really cook so I don't have any recipes but a great favourite thing to eat of mine is Poppy Seed Cake (Mohnstrudel). I also, like many Viennese, love Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel). Some other non-dessert food are very typical Austrian meals such as Wiener Schnitzel and Goulash.


Q:

Can you ELI5 exactly why your cryptocurrency is better for betting? I see a lot of new blockchains popping up over ethereum but I don't have strong clarity on how these things really work.

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What do you think of the practice of making weather reporters stand outside in storms?


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What are you most proud to see change in the world over your lifetime?

A:

Discovery has promoted the hell out of your show, and it has a huge fan and fanart base.

What's the strangest place you've seen your likeness?


Q:

That won't stop illiterate necrophiliacs.

A:

Do you perhaps rember "topfntatschgerl" or some varint of it? It's basically big ravioli with a sourcream/quark, potato and brown mintleaves filling and you pour some hot liquid butter over it when serving. The dough is a bit different though. My mom's from Judenburg (yes, jew-castle) in the Steiermark and she makes them on special occasions.


Q:

Cryptocurrencies can have different attributes. HERO has an interface that allows for the depiction of different gaming models (like fantasy, traditional betting, casino games, ...). Therefore we provide not only the base mechanics, but an unlimited amount of models now and in the future.

Since the question often comes up: Bitcoin wouldn't have allowed us to implement the features we need in order to make this happen. This is why we decided to base the token on Ethereum.

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There's a line between when it is helpful to the viewer and when it is plain dangerous.


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When I flew over the national park in the early '90s and looked down, I was utterly shocked. What had been stretching to the West Coast was now a tiny island surrounded by completely bare fields. People too poor to buy food from elsewhere. And struggling to survive. That is when it hit me. If we don't improve the lives of these people, there is no way we can conserve the chimpanzees. And that led to the Jane Goodall Institute program. We went not as a bunch of arrogant white people telling the villagers what to do to make their lives better, but with a hand-picked team sitting down, listening to the villagers, and asking them what they thought we could do to improve their lives. And that led to a very holistic program, which gradually grew and we could introduce new ways of helping. This paid off handsomely. The people in the villages are now our partners, helping us in conservation efforts. They've agreed to have a buffer between their villagers and the park to protect the chimpanzees. And the national Park, which was completely isolated, is now gradually being linked to other groups. And this program is now in 52 villages in the Gombe area, and it's in five other countries. And it is making a huge difference. Positive in introducing the youth program reaching the villages. It's probably the most important way in which we are able to conserve chimpanzee habitats. And I'll add to that, I would say we have placed great emphasis on education, helping them stay in school beyond puberty. We do this because it's been shown all around the globe that we all improve as women's education improves. One of our problems today is a growing number of humans. As our numbers grow, there are impacts and finite resources leading to more and more poverty and hunger.

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On a bar coaster. On a date! (seriously the early aughts were a weird time for me)


Q:

I never thought of that! Can you suggest another way to keep rubberneckers away?

A:

Hi there,

Yes I do remember this although not quite like how you described this (this maybe a variant in your mother's region). I didn't particularly like it, I preferred sweeter things!


Q:

I'm sorry to be a pain but can you go into more detail on the interface on how that works with each type of betting? How do you categorize the betting schemes?

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I'm not in the broadcast part of the career field, nor am I Mr. Sealls, but watching them stand out there in storms just makes me shake my head. Is it interesting? Sure. But is it necessary to people's understanding that hurricane = windy danger cloud? No.

I watched one of them during Irma who was reporting live say something like "I'm just going to step in here (a sheltered area) where it's less windy and a bit safer." Then 30 seconds later when they cut back to him, he's back out standing in the wind. The look on his face said "My asshole producer just ordered me to go stand back out here, despite it being completely unnecessary."


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My two daughters (6 & 3) are huge fans of yours, and have read about you in both 'The Watcher' and 'Rebel Girls'. They have an explorer outfit they use to pretend they are you.

Mathilda (6) would like to ask you: "How did you manage to get so close to the chimpanzees? How did they settle down around you?"

Philippa (3) would like to ask you: "Do you have any pets?"

Here is a photo of the girls pretending to be you and a chimp: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ynnyj2rpsmhihdb/IMG_4079.jpg?dl=0

A:

What's something someone can buy for under $50 that will change their life (for the better)?


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Can you tell us something about yourself that we may find surprising?

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Do you ever watch movies or TV series based in the time period of the Second World War? If so, which do you find to be the most accurate?


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Not a pain at all, that's what AMAs are for, right? :)

The interface will allow different smart contract to interact with HERO.

For example traditional sports betting has very different requirements (for data, point distribution, game models, ...) than fantasy. It's impossible to picture all of those in one coin, so we implemented an interface, where anyone can program their game model (and we will program the most common ones) and "dock" it to HERO.

To give you a real life example:

Let's say you want to do a raffle. A raffle needs 2 things basically:

1) A random number generator 2) Users that join the raffle

So you'd implement a smart contract that receives all the users that want to take part and after a certain amount of time it returns a winner that it found by using a random number generator.

That smart contract docks to HERO, where the interface ensures, that all mechanics that make HERO transparent and secure are kept and also things like the player reward are spread fairly.

It's a little more complex in real life, but I hope this gives an overview of what our interface does.

/bernhard

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Definitely send your feedback directly to that reporter and the station/network they work for. It does carry some weight.


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PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

First off, thank you so much for nurturing a sense of scientific curiosity within Mathilda and Philippa, and for providing them with powerful female role-models (including yourself, of course!).

For Mathilda: Dr. Goodall will tell you that she was able to get close to the chimps due to her overwhelming patience and by staying very quiet. For months, they would run away in fear of her, but after a time they came to realize that she posed no danger to them. The chimpanzee, David Grey-Beard was the first to become relaxed around her after exploring her campsite.

For Philippa: Dr. Goodall does not have any pets of her own because she travels over 300 days a year and thinks it wouldn't be fair to an animal to leave them alone for that long. Her family has two dogs however, and she is always around animals whenever she travels, so she is never alone!

Thank you for your questions!!

A:

Fantastic question!!! A great kitchen knife can be grabbed for that much. Too many options. I don't have a definitive answer but I love the thought experiment.


Q:

Yes. I believe there is an afterlife. But don’t ask me for details.

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Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

Yes, I do watch a TV series called Foyle's War (a British TV Series) which is about a policeman's work during the war. The background is brilliant, the meticulous research of the civilians and they really understand the different reactions some people had to the war. I would really love to meet the writer (Anthony Horowitz).

Edit: Can anyone here help me to meet him!?


Q:

That is plenty to chew on. Thank you. Follow up, do you have video demonstration or documentation on what that looks like? Is it an API approach where game makers integrate this into their products or do you have hooks into existing games?

A:

I grew up watching Tom Skilling on WGN, and always loved his detailed, non-sensationalized delivery of the weather. Are you guys best buds or mortal enemies?


Q:

What do you want the world to see your work for?

A:

What is the proudest myth you busted?

P.S: how is brain candy live?


Q:

Is there a project you passed on that you wish you had taken, or vice versa? Thanks for all the years of entertainment!

A:

Where did you live after the war ended?

Have you received any medals for serving in the army?

What was your job before you joined an army and after the war ended?


Q:

I think I can make you an even better offer: We've been working on our platform for 3 years now and it is already being used by 250k users. Of course it will get many many more features, but you can get an imagination of what final products may look like at herosphere.gg :)

A:

I worked at WGN from 1992 to 1997, with Tom. I only see him in person every few years. Based on the space between us we're not best buds but we are definitely not enemies! Mutual respect and admiration. Even here in Mobile, all of the weather broadcasters get along. We all have the same mission.


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First of all, I would like to be remembered for helping to enable people to understand that animals are like us, their intellect and they have emotions like fear as well. Because up until the mid-'60s, it was actually thought that there was a difference in humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. And it was the work coming in, the early work, showing in how many ways the very biological system DNA and so forth that really changed. The other thing I hope to be remembered for is creating an environmental humanitarian program for people with Roots & Shoots, which is now in 100 countries. It involves members from preschool, kindergarten, universities, and everything in between. Its main message is every single one of us can make a difference. And make a difference every single day. Each group chooses themselves to help animals and wanting to help the environment. To educate young people to be better students, all the conservation work and other organizations to could benefit. And we've gone so far as destroying the planet, so the main hope is that the other people will grow up and do better than we've done.

A:

You're going to ask me how is spring candy live? I'm going to tell you which the finest two hours of stage performance you can find in America today! (that's me overselling it again)


Q:

There are three roles I was asked to do that I really regret not taking. The Robin Williams role in Birdcage, the butler called Stevens in The Remains of the Day and the clergyman in charge of the marriage service at the end of The Princess Bride.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your questions!

1) When the war ended, I was in Italy however the SOE was dissolved and so we were all sent to different regiments. I was stationed in a German POW camp outside Taunton, England as an interpreter and I was also given the task of re-educating the Germans in democracy. I was then later stationed in Vienna with the legal division of the British Occupation Army.

2) That's a difficult question, because I did receive about 4 medals but they were all service medals (serving in France, Italy and Britain along with a long time service, seven years I think) however I didn't keep any of them because I didn't value them very much because I was just in the army, everyone got them. There was no medal for the SOE service.

3) Before I joined the army I was working on a dairy farm in Hampshire. I then returned to London where my parents had moved to, as my father had become too old to work in the farm and he had found work in a factory.


Q:

Will do. I find the concept behind cryptocurrency and blockchain fascinating but I don't have enough understanding to really envision how it can be applied in different contexts. Would love to learn more about this stuff and see a live example of how companies are using it fill different use cases.

A:

Given your expertise in meteorology, can we ever have a Sharknado?


Q:

Hi Dr. Goodall!

What was the pivotal point in your career where you decided that you absolutely wanted to study primates in the field? What were the reactions of your peers?

A:

What was your favorite thing you did while working with Michael from Vsauce?


Q:

If you could change 20,000 things about this world, what would they be?

A:

Is there a point in your life, a moment, conversation or so on, that you consider to be the middle of the book that is your life? Sort of a moment where everything is either before or after that moment. And thank you for your service sir.


Q:

This cannot be disclosed yet because we are still in negotiations. But I can assure you, the major exchanges are right in the mix!

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Ha ha. Tornadoes have moved over water to pick up little things like frogs and little fish. Theoretically it's possible in a very small area if a high-end tornado were to move over a shallow beach where a few sharks were hanging out, but I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.


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Well, I first decided I wanted to go to Africa and live with animals and write books about them when I was ten years old. And everybody laughed at me, how could I do that, Africa is so far away. In World War II we had very little money. I was simply a girl. They told me girl students cannot do that. But I had a wonderful mother who had supported my love of animals ever since I was born, and she said to me if you really want to do this, then you're going to have to work very hard and take advantage of opportunity. That's the message I take to young people all around the world today, especially to those in under served communities. The studies of chimpanzees I discovered from the paleontologist Louis Leakey who wanted somebody to go with him and study chimpanzees -- he believed we shared a common ancestor 6 million years ago.

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Dude just hanging out with Michael and shooting the shit is a treasure. Seriously conversing with him is EXACTLY what you imagine it is. He's inquisitive, attentive, curious and has a great sense of humor.


Q:

The very first thing I would do would be to make pedal bins illegal. Second, I would execute anyone called Darryl. That would be enough for the first morning.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

Well, yes. Perhaps. In the mid-Eighties when I was playing a Football match. I was about 60 and extremely fit at the time, considering my age. Every Friday after school I and teachers much younger than I went down to the gyms to play matches.

During the game I was standing near the opponent's goal and one of my teammates kicked a high pass to me as the ball was coming down the defender turned and elbowed me right in the eye, it was a foul but I do not think he blinded me on purpose and unfortunately the hospital said it was not possible to recover it.


Q:

Will do. I find the concept behind cryptocurrency and blockchain fascinating but I don't have enough understanding to really envision how it can be applied in different contexts. Would love to learn more about this stuff and see a live example of how companies are using it fill different use cases.

A:

What is commonly misunderstood by the general public about meteorology that you want to correct?


Q:

I am an aspiring environmental scientist. Would you say conservation of natural resources or the protection of species is more important? I'm trying to figure out where I can do the most good.

Edit:spelling

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Hey, Adam. Do you think Jamie secretly misses seeing you regularly and just won't admit it publicly?


Q:

We could put all the Darryls into pedal bins and throw them off a cliff.

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Thank you for this AMA.

What has been the largest change in society that you have noticed in your life time? And do you think the newer generations don't fully understand the magnitude of WWII?


Q:

This will be the very first thing we will tackle after the ICO. You can see that outlined in our Roadmap!

A:

People expect precision in a forecast that just does not exist, while they look at pixels on smartphones. We know a lot about weather but not everything. Rain chances are also misinterpreted but they are also used differently around the country and world. A low rain chance does not mean that it won't rain, and a high rain chance doesn't guarantee that you'll get a lot of rain. I use rain coverage rather than chance since my region gets rain on almost every summer day.


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I have already said that we can make a big difference by thinking about the consequence of the choices we make each day. Like what we buy. When it comes to what we eat, there is growing evidence that as more and more people and countries around the world eat more and more meat, this is not only involving tremendous cruelty to all the animals, but it's also having the most appalling effect on the environment. People don't always realize this. For one thing, areas of the world have been cleared to grow grain to feed the animals. And massive fossil fuel is used to take the grains to the animals and to slaughter the animals. Huge amounts of water, which is becoming increasingly scarce around the world. Huge amounts are wasted changing vegetables to animal protein. And finally, these animals, like us as well, food goes in one end and comes out the other. They belch as well as pass gas. Nothing is second most, it is very, very lethal. Of course, this is all leading to climate change and other great -- it is the greatest environmental issue facing our planet. One thing that is very, very helpful is to eat less meat or become a vegetarian or a vegan.

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Who the hell knows? Jamie Hyman is a mystery not to be pierced by mere mortals.


Q:

You stole my idea.

A:

Hi thank you for your question.

1) The largest change is computerisation.

2) I don't think anybody who didn't experience it does. The world is becoming a very fast singular unit where communication is very easy and things change very quickly.


Q:

Oh good to hear. I didn't realize fantasy sports was on your radar. I thought it was just Esports.

A:

A good example of this happened some years ago here in Hawaii, where there was a storm that predicted to be pretty bad the next day. Bad enough where schools island-wide had to he canceled for the day (we never get school cancelations here). That next day turned out to be sunshine and rainbows. A lot of memes about our local meteorologist were born that day.


Q:

Are you vegan, Dr. Goodall? I've read mixed answers on this.

A:

Adam! Hi!! So sad that OG Mythbusters is off the air, but loving all the things you've done since then! Thanks for continuing to explore your curiosity in the name of science!

My question-- what experiment from Mythbusters (no matter how big or small) shocked you the most? One you were almost 100% certain would go one way and when it went the opposite you almost couldn't believe it.

Thanks for doing this!!


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even Darryl Hannah?

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What was your reaction to the bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?


Q:

Our main focus is online betting in general and our in is just esports because we already have our own platform herosphere.gg in place with 230k+ users.

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Yes, those are professional nightmares. One of the unique things about my job is even when I am 99% certain, there's that 1% chance that things go sideways.


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PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

Dr. Goodall has been a practicing vegetarian for many many years now. Although she does love cheese, so not sure she'll become a vegan anytime soon!

Thanks for the question!

A:

Golf Ball Car. Insane.


Q:

No. Darryl Hannah should be Queen of England. I will only execute men called Darryl.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question!

It was awful. However I have to be honest that after seven years of uninterrupted war I was one of many that was happy that it had ended the war.


Q:

1) is it possible to bet with my friends on a certain game? can i just customize a bet to that extent?

2) ICO minimum join? like, min 1eth or sth?

3) where do you expect your token to land, worth-wise?

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Have you been doing the weather like this all the years but reddit only just found out?

I'm only asking a question because the rules state I have to ask a question. The real reason for writing is just to say you are absolutely fantastic. In the UK, legendary weathermen such as Michael Fish and Ian McGaskill were also hugely popular.


Q:

As a scientist and researcher, how do believe we can make a positive impact on the environment we currently live in considering the large amounts of damage already done to the earth?

A:

Hello Adam, long time fan. What do think about the furure of exosuits or exo-frames to help people with disabilities move around or help replace heavy machinery?


Q:

This answer just leads me to a new question... What are pedal bins? I was hoping you would start with the 3rd thing you would change first, not 1 and 2.

A:

What's your best memory?


Q:

1) You could, but that's only half the fun, isn't it? ;) HERO is implemented to be very flexible and allow any kind of betting that you can imagine.

2) No minimum

3) No serious way of telling that. Definitely moon, though :D

/bernhard

A:

Yes, I've pretty much had the same style for all 30 years of my careery. Thanks for the compliments.


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I think that we can only make a real difference if everybody wakes up to the fact that we have caused terrible harm to the planet, and we need to rethink the way that we live in the Western world. We've fallen into a very materialistic, money-oriented way of living, and its placing enormous stress on the natural world. It's unsustainable, and we are told many of the nonrenewable natural resources are being exploited and used up faster than mother nature can replenish them. So, basically we all need to think about the consequences of the life choices we make each day. What do we buy, what do we wear, what do we eat, how is it made, is it from the environment, is there cruelty to animals or cruelty to children? And make choices thinking not only about how is this good for me now, but also how will this affect future generations. In other words, we need to do our part in the decisions we make, in our hearts and in our heads.

A:

I love this idea so much.


Q:

Actually I did. I just put it first, to put people off the scent.

A:

Hi there,

This is quite a hard question. A memory that showed me the high state of civilisation in England. When I watched people buying newspapers from a newspaper stand and the salesman left the stand but with a sign on how much the newspapers cost. The people continued to pay!


Q:

How much money are u trying to collect and for what do you wanna burn it?

A:

Which reaction from your studio was your favorite after your video went viral on the internet?


Q:

To what extent can the vocalizations and gestures of chimpanzees be converted or translated into a language? Has progress been made translating this?

A:

Do you think you'll ever return to television? Maybe not Mythbusters 2.0 but the same ballpark?


Q:

I took a course from John Hopkins at Downing College. I was told you took some inspiration from him. Any stories you care to share about your time at Downing College and learning from John Hopkins?

A:

Thanks for doing this.

  1. How did you escape?

  2. Prior to the war, from your perspective, what was the feeling? Did everyone sort of know it was going to happen? Was it like North Korea right now?

  3. If you like sports, what sort of sports were big back then in England?

Good luck on the book!


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Our hardcap is fixed at 14 Mio USD, and we will burn it for a nice Tesla and a luxury apartment at the beach. Seriously, in our whitepaper we have a very in-depth listing on what percentage of the money will be used for what purpose. For example: Further development of the contracts, marketing, game creation, feature extension and so on.

A:

They gave me a trophy but someone also printed a T-Shirt with me on it!


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There is no question that chimpanzees have a very rich way to communicate many emotions, and information about the environment. But, I don't think we can translate that into anything like human language. However, chimpanzees can actually learn human-type languages. They can learn American sign language, 400 or more signs, and they can also learn quite sophisticated communication systems using computers.

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I will return to television.


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What I remember is that John was very, very kind to me when I was very sad and confused.

A:

Hi there,

Thanks for your questions!

1) In the early days of the Nazi occupation the Austrian government policy was to try and get the Jews to leave Austria so they actively helped the Jewish council to get Jews out of Austria. The difficulty was in finding permission on where to emigrate. To get an entry visa to the UK was available for four classes of people; as a domestic service (if they had a job advertised), for apprentices, those who could guarantee £100 deposit with the home office in London (someone would have to be very rich for this) and for children continuing their education (if the Nazis had interrupted their education) which is the class that I fell in.

  1. Some people apparently anticipated the war. My family was not one of those.

  2. Football (Soccer) was very big in England. Rugby was also quite big but I most enjoyed/enjoy Football and used to play in my early days of arriving to the UK with friends.


Q:

Are u in contact with the big betting firms like bwin or tipico? I read that HEROCoin could be something for them.

A:

That is awesome! Any pics of you wearing that shirt that you could share with your adoring public?

BTW, big congrats on all of the positive attention you're received! :-D


Q:

This AMA just made me giddy with excitement! Dr. Goodall, when I was little, I wanted to be you when I grew up and I am so excited to see you on here.

Of course I'm interested in your work but I'd love to know more about your activism. What would you say are the most effective ways people can get involved? For folks with small children, what would you recommend in order to get them involved too?

Thank you for being the person I looked up to for so many years (and still do!) and the person that taught me it was more than okay to deeply care about animals. Wishing you well.

A:

How is the pressure of working on YouTube now vs how it was working for Discovery on Mythbusters?


Q:

If there were a bio-pic made about your life, who would you cast as John Cleese?

A:

Did you experience any anti-semitism in England when you first arrived or during the war?


Q:

Yes, we are. :) One of our consultants is the former CFO of bwin and one of our investors is the former CEO of Casinos Austria Swiss.

/Sejla

A:

It would be a little creepy to me to wear a shirt with myself on it!


Q:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there,

Thank you for your kind words regarding Dr. Goodall! She will tell you 10 times out of 10 that the best way to get your children involved is to join our Roots & Shoots program! It is Dr. Goodall's youth service program that focuses on respect and compassion for all living things, understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and inspiring each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment. The program has just recently been introduced into it's 100th country and continues to grow everyday.

Some advice she gives to everyone who asks though, is that you must think and act locally. Focus on issues in your own community. Map out any potentially hazardous areas (polluted rivers, beaches, parks) and gather support from there. If everyone were to focus on their local communities, then the impact would eventually be global.

Thanks for your question!

A:

Pressure? What pressure? It's been a dreamy couple of years working solely on tested.com


Q:

I would cast myself, provided I was not too expensive. Otherwise, I would cast Steven Seagal.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

No, there was no point where I suffered anti-semitism. There was one incident on a bus where a man told me "To go back to where you belong" however this was probably just anti-foreigner sentiment and everyone else on the bus was on my side.


Q:

Are u in contact with bwin or tipico? HeroCoin should be a big bet for them, too.

A:

Is there anything that you feel is most important to have/do in a broadcast? How have you refined your craft throughout your career?


Q:

Thank you for doing this AMA.

What would you say are the main topics in science that need to be explored deeper right now?

A:

Do you have any particular regrets from your days on TV? Any kind of nagging thing you never managed to find a way to get to?


Q:

Hello Mr Cleese!

As the hotel owner of Fawlty Towers for a number of years, which had many mishaps and disgruntled customers, can you recall your own worst hotel experience?

A:

As an Austrian who lives just south of Vienna: Did you ever return to Vienna? If yes, what kimds of changes did you notice?


Q:

The former bwin CFO is our advisor :)

A:

Most important is honesty and perspective. I try to sharpen my weather skills by going to conferences and my presentation skills by looking at what other non-weather presenters and performers do to hold their audience.


Q:

I think there's a growing tendency to explore the intellectual ability of all kinds of different animals, and now we even know trees and plants can communicate through pheromones spreading messages in the wind or through micro fungus in the roots sending messages through the ground. And because science has now opened its mind to the possibility of intelligence in creatures, we are learning so much more and it's a very exciting time.

A:

I always wanted test vinyl record albums versus versus CD vs. MP3 at different compression ratios.Specifically I would be testing these in multiple environments: a car, a bedroom, and an auditorium. Discovery always thought that was too boring.


Q:

Yes, thank you for asking.

A:

Hi there,

Many thanks for your question.

Yes I returned often (and will again in November). As a teacher (my old profession) I knew that Vienna was a good place to visit for children and so I would take them on trips there as it is one of the most interesting cities in the world. I particularly love the Danube and the Vienna woods.

Because I went to Vienna so often it is quite hard to pin down one particular change however I felt that the Austrians had become a lot more democratic and tolerant.

Also at the end of WWII during the peace treaties, the Allies and Russia found it useful to make Austria a buffer state. The peace treaty declared Austria a liberated country (not a defeated state) and they were not allowed to side with the west or the east.

The Austrians took full advantage of being painted as a victim until Franz Vranitzky, a socialist chancellor (similar to a Prime minister) of Austria proclaimed the truth that the Austrians had been just as guilty as the Germans. I think this was a huge change for Austria.


Q:

when does your day start and end? Are you at the station for 12+ hours a day?

A:

What kind of music do you like?


Q:

Hey Adam!
Best road trip you've ever done?

A:

Would you like to come back to my place, bouncy-bouncy?


Q:

1) What do you think of the world today?

2) How did you manage to survive mentally after WWII?

3) Do you think there is going to be another world war soon?

A:

Sometimes it feels like 12+ hours. I work 8 hours a day on paper but my work starts at home before I get to work and it ends at home after work. When weather is active, I easily work 10-11 hours at work.


Q:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

Dr. Goodall tends to mostly listen to classical music.

Here's a list of some of her notable favorites:

Classical -Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor -Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 -Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 -Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 -Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626 -Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 -Strauss Waltzes

Contemporary -Heal the World by Michael Jackson -Memories by Andrew Lloyd Webber (from Cats) -Music by Wolfgang Netzer (including the score to Jane’s Journey) -Walk Lightly on This World by Katie Melua (from Jane’s Journey) -Walking in the Air by Howard Blake (from The Snowman)

A:

Drove cross country with my boys Thing1 and Thing2 last summer. 14 days of awesome. Devil's tower. Rushmore. We had a blast. I love road trips.


Q:

Please send photographs.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your questions!

1) I believe it has become more violent, more dishonest and frightening. I really feel there may be another war.

2) During WWII I had started to revise my own ideas and forget those I was brought up with. I made up my own values, I became a strong democrat and socialist and I found myself well armed against what came my way.

3) Kind of answered in the first question. I am no cleverer than anyone else but I hope not is all I can say.


Q:

What things other than presenting does your job entail? I thought TV meteorologist was just in-and-out kind of job

A:

Hi Dr. Goodall, My four year old loves reading. She asks what is your favorite book?


Q:

Do you or HAVE you ever played DnD or the like? If so what is your most favorite character?

Bonus internet points for a scan of your character sheet.

Also, thanks a helluva bunch for Mythbusters and Tested.

A:

Greetings, John the Entertainer!

For his eulogy, Graham Chapman requested that you become the first person at a British memorial service to say “Fuck”. What request would you like to have honored at your own eulogy, and by whom?


Q:

Kind of an off the wall question but:

At 97 yrs old, is there anything from your childhood that you still enjoy today?

A:

Aside from TV, we have radio and Facebook. As a chief I coordinate all operations of the weather department- scheduling, computer maintenance and updates and purchasing, graphics, training, while working with our sales and promotions and news departments. Then we all have community outreach. I do actually forecast the weather so I'm always trying to study to get the latest.


Q:

When I was growing up, what I read where the Doctor Dolittle books. I learned a great deal from those books. When I was ten years old I read "Tarzan." I was sad when he married the wrong Jane. It was those books that directed me to grow up, go to Africa. For a 4-year-old child, one of my books I absolutely loved was "Jane" with illustrations by Patrick McDonnell. Which is fantastic. Another one, I want to mention is "My Life With Chimpanzees" which is a book I wrote for young children about my life with chimpanzees.

A:

Yes! I played in high school and was the DM at my local library in Tarrytown when I was a junior in high school. Actually my first kiss came about DIRECTLY as a result of playing D&D.


Q:

I would like to do my own eulogy, and then shoot myself and then get in the coffin.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question!

Uhh, from my childhood.. I think the love of poppy seed cake, Wiener Schnitzel and the music of my era continues to this day.


Q:

So, if I understand correctly are you actually interpreting raw data to make your own forecast? Or are you presenting a forecast which is made by either computer simulations or a trained analyst? If it is the latter case, are you managing said software and/or analysts or is that an external service which you share with other weather services?

A:

What would you say was the biggest highlight of your career?


Q:

OMG OMG OMG Adam Savage is talking about DnD on reddit! [geeks out]

Lord Savage, The Builder

Medium humanoid (human), neutral good

Armor Class 11 (14 with mage armor)
Hit Points 72 (16d8)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA 12 (+1) 12 (+1) 10 (+0) 18 (+4) 14 (+2) 16 (+3)

Saving Throws Int +8, Wis +6
Skills Arcana +8, History +8, Perception +6, Performance +7
Senses passive Perception 16
Languages Common, Dwarvish, Elvish, Gnomish
Challenge 10 (5,900 XP)

Arcane Recovery (1/Day). When Lord Savage finishes a short rest, he can choose expended spell slots to recover. The spell slots can have a combined level that is equal to or less than 8, and none of the slots can be 6th level or higher.

Durable Summons. Any creature that Lord Savage summons or creates with a conjuration spell has 30 temporary hit points.

Focused Conjuration. While he is concentrating on a conjuration spell, Lord Savage's concentration can't be broken as a result of taking damage.

Spellcasting. Lord Savage is a 16th-level spellcaster. His spellcasting ability is Intelligence, and he uses a +2 arcane focus (spell save DC 16, +10 to hit with spell attacks). Lord Savage has the following wizard spells prepared:

  • Cantrips (at will): create bonfire, mage hand, mending, prestidigitation, shocking grasp
  • 1st level (4 slots): catapult, grease, mage armor, magic missile, shield
  • 2nd level (3 slots): cloud of daggers, flaming sphere, pyrotechnics
  • 3rd level (3 slots): fireball, fly, haste
  • 4th level (3 slots): fabricate, leomund's secret chest, stone shape
  • 5th level (2 slots): animate objects, conjure elemental
  • 6th level (1 slot): circle of death, contingency
  • 7th level (1 slot): Mordenkainen’s Sword
  • 8th level (1 slot): incendiary cloud
Actions

+2 Tinker's Staff. Melee Weapon Attack +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) bludgeoning damage, or 7 (1d8 + 3) bludgeoning damage if wielded with two hands. If the target is a construct, it must succeed on a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw or become charmed by Lord Savage for 1 minute, ignoring any charm immunity the target possesses. While charmed, a construct must obey Lord Savage's exact commands. A charmed creature can repeat its save each time it is forced to deal damage to a friendly creature, as well as each time Lord Savage deals damage to it.

Minor Conjuration. Lord Savage conjures up an inanimate object in his hand or on the ground in an unoccupied space that he can see within 10 feet of him. This object can be no larger than 3 feet on a side and weigh no more than 10 pounds, and its form must be that of a nonmagical object that he has seen. The object is visibly magical, radiating dim light out to 5 feet. The object disappears after 1 hour, when Lord Savage uses this feature again, or if it takes any damage.

Benign Transposition (Recharges After a Short or Long Rest). Lord Savage teleports up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space that he can see. Alternatively, he can choose a space within range that is occupied by a Small or Medium creature. If that creature is willing, both he and it teleport, swapping places.

 

Edit: Fixed proficiency bonus miscalculation. Added charm immunity circumvention on Tinker's Staff.

A:

Be honest, who wrote the fish slapping dance bit? Was that you or Palin? A six pack of beer is riding on your answer.


Q:

What are the names of your autobiographies? I'm interested in reading them

A:

Good question- I make my own forecast from plotted upper air charts, wind profiles, satellite and radar depictions and then computer model forecasts and numerical output. We share it within WKRG but not outside of the station. I'm trained as all government meteorologists are. I make my own forecast because that makes me comfortable with what I'm saying. It is, however, rarely that far different from what the National Weather Service would say for my area.


Q:

Well, one highlight that really enabled my career to take off was discovering the chimpanzees used twigs and the brush to find termites in the underground nest because that is what went into "National Geographic," which ended up providing funds for me to continue my research. So in a way, that was the pivotal observation that actually enabled everything else.

A:

This is the BEST


Q:

To be honest, I really don't remember. I think it may have been Noam Chomsky.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

The German one is called: Emigracion ins Leben: Wien - London und nicht mehr retour (Emigration into Life Vienna - London and no return).

The English one is called: Secret Operations: From Music to Morse and Beyond.

I think it might difficult to get your hands on a copy though!


Q:

Wow! That sounds like a lot of work. Do you have time to rehearse what you're going to say before a live broadcast?

You don't just 'give' the weather forecast but 'explain' what's going on. Everything is very clear and very informative so I assume you must practice.

A:

What is the secret to your health? You are still so active at what most would consider an old age. Also, thank you for all your groundbreaking work to further science and benefit humanity!


Q:

Where and when did you met Jamie Hyneman?

A:

Chomsky?? That guy stole my ferret!


Q:

Coming from a german whose grandparent's siblings were killed in WW2, how did normal german people treat you? Like ones which were not Nazis? Was the country all antisemites or just the select ones everyone knows about?

A:

No, and that's the fun part for me. Weather is constantly changing so it makes no sense to plan for something specific when it can change in mid-sentence.


Q:

I was born with good genes. That is really important when you think about health. For the rest of it, I don't really think about my health. I live each day, and I've been really lucky to be extremely healthy.

A:

On a Russian tramp steamer in the Panama canal.


Q:

It is amazing how he gets away with that. He has the largest collection of stolen ferrets anywhere in Pennsylvania. Which, of course is the center of world ferret illegal marketing. (After Bucharest)

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

I did not really experience many Germans during the War other than them shooting at us in France while I was stationed in a harbour. The only time I really experienced Germans was when I went there after the war on holidays (probably in the 70's and onwards) when the shudder had gone and I experienced no anti-semitism then.


Q:

What is the longest stretch of time you've ever been on air / at work to cover a significant weather event, and what was the event?

A:

Thank you for holding this AMA.

Is it true you were a fan of this far side comic?

Sorry that it's not a great question. I couldn't think of anything else, and I've always kind of wondered about this.


Q:

Hey Adam, I've loved Mythbusters ever since I was a kid, thank you for so many great shows. We all know you're a massive film fan, but how do you feel about video games? What're your favourites?

A:

Mr. Cleese, you narrated the audiobook Screwtape Letters fantastically. Potentially the best audiobook I've ever heard.

Had you ever been approached or sought to narrate The Great Divorce (another CS Lewis classic)?


Q:

Hi, thank you for doing this AMA. My grandparents also survived the WW2 on different sides - one serving in the German army and the others surviving it under the NAZI rule in Slovenia / Yugoslavia at the time, so I listened to different accounts about the era... My questions: 1. What made you move to UK (did you decide it yourself or did your friends and relatives felt the urge and danger looming?) 2. Did you fight in continental Europe? If yes, where?

A:

Both for Hurricane Ivan and Katrina, as a news station and weather department, we broadcast for over a week. Fortunately we had lots of breaks in our weather segments. During the landfalls of both of those storms I probably did a few 20 minute weather segments solo.


Q:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

Dr. Goodall actually has no issue with the comic and thinks it's rather quite funny. Gary Larson eventually ended up visiting our Gombe Stream Reserve in response to the comic and was even attacked by the male chimp, Frodo, who Dr. Goodall has always claimed to be a 'bully' male.

Thanks for your question!

A:

I think video games are absolutely beautiful, but I do not play them. That's actually a lie, I play one video game:Millipede. I have an arcade Millipede in my shop and I played everyday


Q:

I'm glad you know it. The first half is the best thing I've ever done. I recently was asked to narrate the works of Marcel Marceau, but I didn't have the time.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your questions.

1) The moment the Nazis marched in we knew we had to get out. Because they had been in charge of Germany next door we knew that they were anti-semitic (but not to the extent that we know now). Luckily my mother had a couple of sisters and brothers who had emigrated to the UK before the WWI. I had always wanted to go to England, possibly due to my mother reading me English children's books.


Q:

Do you have any #1 dad mugs in your kitchen?

A:

What was the most surprising thing you found while studying the similarities between chimpanzees and humans?


Q:

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A:

What are your top five favourite films of all time?


Q:

Thank you for sharing your experiences, Sir. Do you intend on doing a book tour? I would love to book you at the San Antonio JCC if so! Please PM me of interested.

A:

A couple!


Q:

I'm not sure about the most surprising, but the most shocking was the fact they are capable of war. This was very horrifying and actually made them more like humans than I thought they were before.

A:

It's actually DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD


Q:

This morning they are Princess Bride, The Sting, Doctor Strangelove, The Conversation, and The Great Dictator.

A:

Hi there,

The thought had crossed my mind and we had offers from two publishers in America however the reason we rejected them was due to not having easy access to them (I would have had to travel all the way to America to get anything done) on top of this at my age this would be very taxing.


Q:

Do you have a couple of mugs from a couple of kids, or a couple of mugs from one very reassuring kid?

A:

I have heard that you have also discovered that they are capable of altruism, such as adopting orphaned infants. Can you tell us about that?


Q:

Hey Adam ..  How excite are you for the new HellBoy movie ? I saw the picture of David Harbour yesterday and I instantly thought of you and your love for Hellboy.

Also .. bigfan on tested .. I watch your oneday built as a form of meditation.

A:

Will there ever be a Python movie again?


Q:

Do you believe that the Nazis were incredibly evil people or were ordinary people who held and acted on incredibly evil beliefs, is there a difference between the two or have you separated the two? How do you feel towards those Nazis who have wronged you, your family, friends and countless others?

Thank you for your time and for your story. May we all learn from the past.

A:

Most of my mugs come from schools that I visit.


Q:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there! In Gombe we have witnessed acts that could be considered altruistic on various occasions. One example being when an orphaned 3 1/2 year old chimp, without older siblings (whom sometimes adopt their younger siblings) was taken in by an adolescent male around 12 years old. The older male allowed the orphaned chimp to follow him around (even making sure he kept up while they were on the move), allowing the orphan to cling to his underbelly when the orphan was scared and/or cold, and even allowing the orphaned chimp to sleep in the same 'night nest' as him. This is especially interesting considering that the adolescent male was not related to the orphaned chimp in the least.

Thanks for the question!

A:

I'm super excited, but it is a provisional excitement. I love Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy movies with such a deep abiding passion, that I can't imagine anything else living up to that. But I'm open to something new and different, and David Harbour is a fantastic choice to play HP.


Q:

Only when the others are dead. Then I will make the definitive one.

A:

Hi there,

Thanks for your great question.

It's not easy to make a statement that cover such a wide spectrum of people. A lot of ordinary Nazis, members of the party, believed that a strong hand was needed to deal with the problems and they thought the Nazis would provide it. At first anti-semitism became a useful propaganda tool. These sorts of people I would not class as evil, just misguided.

But as they reached the point of having total power their means became more and more violent. There is an old saying "absolute power corrupts absolutely" - I think this is a very true saying and I have seen it with my very own eyes.

A good example of this is with Röhm (who founded the stormtroopers). As relationships developed and power grew, Röhm thought he may make a better leader than Hitler and Hitler was pressurised by the other leaders to do away with him because he was a homosexual. Hitler had known this all the time and had not done anything about it yet Hitler did go and shoot him but explained publicly it was due to him being homosexual.

*Bonus product placement: Incidentally my new book shows Hitler's rise to power which made him more and more ruthless.


Q:

So you're not a dad but have 2 #1 dad mugs?

A:

Do you think there is a viable way to effect change in conservation without going into the field?


Q:

Tested.com is great at presenting the world of Matter, but presenting stories about the world of Bits and Code is still a tough sell. I've really enjoyed the Thermal Detonator builds but the electronics and software parts were essentially removed. How can Tested.com bring the excitement of Code to makers?

A:

Mr. Cleese,

What do you think is the most IMPORTANT joke you’ve ever written?


Q:

As one of the last survivors what can be do to keep people aware of this horrible genocide?

A:

Yes. I'm an uncle, and backup Dad to many!


Q:

There are various ways. One, spread awareness about the program. Two, to become involved in your program or other programs around the world. And you can do this also by raising funds to help programs that desperately need it including the Jane Goodall Institute.

A:

That is great feedback! The answer is that we're always trying, and we will continue to. I really appreciate the question.


Q:

This is the most important joke I’ve ever heard. Nils Bohr, the founder of Quantum Physics, had a friend to dinner. As the friend left, he noticed a horseshoe nailed above Bohr’s front door. He said to Bohr, accusingly "Nils, you’re a great scientist. You can’t believe in superstitions." Bohr answered “I don’t, but apparently it works anyway.”

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

I believe there is enough being done at the moment and that there are plenty of current bad things going on in the world that we should concentrate on.

There are many organisations who have made it their task to inform everyone about the holocaust and there are some countries that are anti-Jewish that deny that the holocaust ever existed. Whereas in some EU countries this would be a crime to deny the existence of the holocaust.


Q:

If you weren't a weather man, what career would you have and why?

A:

What do you think of the planet of the apes movies?


Q:

What the hell are we going to do about San Francisco?

A:

Was Nils Bohr a close friend of yours? BTW, I think your joke went over most people's head, probably including mine.


Q:

Have you seen Dunkirk?

A:

Second career choice would be as an educator. Third career choice was a musician!


Q:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there,

While I can't speak to her opinion of the original films. Dr. Goodall did have a chance to pre-screen the newest POTA movie and found it very interesting. All of us at the Jane Goodall Institute are very appreciative of the steps taken by the production team of the new movies, due to their use of motion-capture and their dedication to not using real apes in any of their films.

Long answer short, she loved the newest film!

Thanks for the question!

A:

Good grief I don't know. I've been a Mission boy for much of my 27 years in SF and so much change. How many eyeglass stores does Valencia street need?


Q:

Not really, but he was a big fan of mine.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

I have neither been to Dunkirk nor have I seen the recent film (which my grandson seems to think you are referencing). I escaped France a couple of weeks after the Dunkirk battle from St.Malo on the very last boat to England.


Q:

Your now-famous weather cast was highly educational, so you're kinda doing your first and second ones.

A:

What's your favourite colour?


Q:

Hi, Adam!

I'd like to ask a more taboo question if that's alright - how do you derive your income? Royalties from reruns, speaking commissions, ad revenue, etc.? I'm so fascinated by the work you do, and I've always wondered how it is financially sustainable.

A:

Hi Mr. Cleese! I'll be seeing you in a couple months when you come to Louisville for the Monty Python and the Holy Grail screening and Q&A, and I couldn't be more excited.

I've heard that, during the filming of Grail, Terry Gilliam and Eric Palin would sneak into the editing room at night and change things about the movie without the other knowing. Is this true, and did it cause any production issues?


Q:

Do any particular current/recent events, mentalities, media propaganda, etc., resemble any from your past that raise red flags and worry you at this time?

A:

Yes, and the fact that I present weather without a script is the same as an adlib music soloist.


Q:

My favorite colour overall is green. There are times I like blue as well. I'm wearing blue today, by the way.

A:

That's a myth to bust: I make nothing in residuals from MB. That's standard on Cable.


Q:

Yes I believe it's perfectly true. Neither of them trusted the other, which was a very good call.

A:

Hi there,

Many thanks for your question.

Sighs Yes, in Iran. The permanent threats of launching a nuclear war to annihilate Israel is worrying me. Similar to Hitler's threatening messages to the German Chancellor.


Q:

Can you play any musical instrument?

A:

Do you believe in Sasquatch?

Have you studied the Skookum casting or any of the new print samples with dermal ridge evidence?

If you do believe do you think this group is a holdover of Gigantalopithicus Blacki? or a new Species?


Q:

With a last name of Savage, what were some of your childhood nicknames?

A:

Yes but who the fuck is Eric Palin?


Q:

What do you think of how people compare Donald Trump to the nazis?

A:

I played trumpet as a kid but gave it up in college. It was fun but I never was much good at it!


Q:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Jane has said that she is fascinated by the idea of the existence of an as of yet undiscovered ape species living in the wild. As a self-described romantic, has always wanted them to exist. She has read many accounts of bigfoot sightings and thinks that bigfoot is a real possibility.

A:

Adam Sandwich.


Q:

Eric Palin is the same as Terry Jones, but Terry uses this pen name to get two votes when we're deciding on material.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

Well it's very difficult. He's not an anti-semite although he's definitely not a true democrat. He's extremely reactionary in my view and is more similar to Mussolini.

I don't necessarily find it offensive to compare him to the Nazis but I just think this is an inaccurate comparison.


Q:

What about a music teacher?

A:

Hey Adam - I'm a long time Tested premium member and a Trekkie who's seen every episode/movie ever made.

I think I remember the left arm front instrument panel on your TOS Captain's chair being mounted upside down in the original video's final unveil. The three sphere lights should be towards the front. Did you ever notice this?

https://imgur.com/rxr52UM

Sorry for being a stickler for detail.


Q:

Mr. Cleese, First, I think you're the greatest comedy writer of our time. Just had to get that out of the way.

Question: I read somewhere that you were working on a screenplay about tax dodgers. Will we be seeing that anytime soon?

A:

Where did you live in London? What did you do in your spare time, if you had any, during that time?


Q:

Maybe. All kids need a good balance of the arts and sciences.

A:

I didn't! Turning that panel around NOW. (shit, the wire is just 1/2" not long enough. Ah well, now I know what I'm doing tomorrow)


Q:

So, you think I'm the greatest comedy writer of our time? What the fuck do you mean by "of our time"? I am working on a light comedy about cannibalism called "Yummy."

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your question. When I arrived in London I attended a commercial college in Dalston to learn typing and accounting. Then I was offered a job as a volunteer (I was not allowed a proper job due to my visa) but was paid some minor pocket money.

In my spare time, on Saturdays I would go to the Dalston cinema and watch films. I had never been in a cinema before where you could see two films and a program in between for a thruppence or sixpence. For a short time I played with a dance band with one of my cousins but I was not very good at the rhythm. On some evenings I even had a date with a girl!


Q:

You're my hero for saying this.

A:

What is your favortie Ghibli film, and why? I'm guessing by the No Face behind you it's Spirited Away.


Q:

Hi John. I saw your recent talk in Dublin. I completely agree with what you say about confirmation bias, so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

On that subject, are you aware of tools like 'DuckDuckGo' - an alternative to Google that explicitly does not tailor its results to what it thinks you personally are most likely to click? How do you educate yourself about view outside your 'bubble'?

A:

Hi Eric, you are a true hero!

Are there any moments that stand out from your experience in WWII as being particularly scary or where you almost gave up hope?


Q:

It's really true. Start them off right and we all do better in the long-run.

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yep


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That is a very good joke, but the bozos reading all this won't get it. Secondly, I don't think you should educate yourself outside your bubble, because it would confuse marketing people.

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Hi there,

Many thanks for your statement.

There were scary moments but any other thoughts about hope didn't come into it. One moment was when in the SOE we did a night attack on a power station outside Dorchester (for training). We were creeping towards it and it was very dark due to lights being turned off during the war. We approached a spiked fence around the perimeter and as we were climbing over this I slipped and a spike went into my thumb. I was then hanging with my thumb still caught but I was not allowed to make a single sound. This was a very painful and scary moment for me during the war.


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Would you consider combining meteorology with education and becoming a weather science communicator and science advocate a la Bill Nye or Neil Degrasse Tyson?

Edit: I'll admit Bill isn't the best example but I was a fan of his show in the 90s. However, I will add Emily Graslie !

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What's your best and worst dad joke?


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How'd you find the internet you silly old git?

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Have you ever considered making Aliyah to Israel, especially after the war ended?


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Not a goal but you never know...

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See, this is the worst thing about turning 50, is that all the jokes that appear in my head in the standard joke feet I have running all the time have become data jokes! It's awful! I haven't quite sYesuccumbed to quote that's what she said", but I can't help feeling it's not far off.


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You get a fucking computer you idiot.

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Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

Yes, in the first year of the war before I joined the army I wrote a letter to the Aliya organisation and asked whether my work on the farm counted as qualification for this. They replied confirmed that it did but as soon as I realised I could join the British Army I changed my plans to do this instead. This was mainly due to my parents living in England and not wanting to separate from them.


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What are your thoughts on using confidence intervals with weather forecasts? Why aren't they used more?

A:

What's your best and worst dad joke?


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Hello mr. Cleese. I'd like to start with the usual 'thank you's' and say I've been an admirer of your work since I was about 9 years old and of all the comics around, you probably made me laugh the most and Fawlty Towers never failed to cheer me up even during the most difficult times. That's the first big thank you. But what's so interesting about you is that besides the fact that you are a very skilled performer, both verbal and physical, you've always been a writer who performs his own material. And it's very clear you always took great care to the writing before it got on the screen.

I've seen some of your lectures on creativity. You've not only found a very captivating way of explaining your theories on creativity but it's also completely accurate. I had been writing for some years before I discovered your method of the tortoise enclosure and discovered that it truly made a huge difference. So thank you for all that and much much more!

I've always wondered about the writing within Monty Python. I know you did your usual Python writing with Graham Chapman, but you also wrote some material with (at least) Michael Palin and Eric Idle. I don't know if you wrote things with Terry Jones. You've talked alot about what it was like to write with Graham, but what was it like for you to write with the others and was your role in those combinations a very different one from the one you had with Graham?

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this and I hope you're having a lovely day.

A:

You said you wrote your first nonfiction novel. Do you have any plans to write another?


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Those are good. I think it's just taking the entire profession a while to embrace them, as we figure out how people interpret them.

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Also: I don't drink. Gave it up a few years ago as part of stress management (along with meditation and getting 7 hours of sleep every night) and when I realized that in your 40's hangovers last for 3 days.


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Very interesting question. At the start I tried to get the other Pythons to mix up the writing partnerships a bit. I thought it worked quite well. Eric and I wrote Sir George Head climbing the twin peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, and Michael and I wrote Mr. Hilter standing in the Minehead bye-election. Nevertheless we drifted back into our original pairings, and I don’t know why. Maybe Chapman was the only one who liked writing with me. I think it was a shame, I think we would’ve been even more inventive if we mixed the writing teams up a bit.

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Hi there,

Thank you for your question. I have written a few non-fiction short stories about the war but I currently do not have any plans to write any more. Currently I am planning on writing two more fictional novels if I survive that long!


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Have you considered starting your own YouTube channel to explain the same for big weather events globally?

A:

Is Jonathan Frakes as laid back as Riker?

Are you working on any cool replicas at the moment?


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Hello mr Cleese :) Would you please consider being so kind as to take in to account the possibility of somehow notifying this question?

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Did you escape to England with the thought of joining the British army, or did it just work out that way?


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Not now. Since I work for a TV station full-time. I wouldn't have the time or energy to do that!

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He's the coolest dude ever. And you just want to hear him keep telling stories in that beautiful voice of his.

I'm ALWAYS working on replicas. Just finished one last week!


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May I ask...Are you English? Your phraseology is English, but you didn't actually apologize.

A:

Hi there,

Many thanks for your question.

No, I didn't know that there was going to be a war. I escaped to Britain a year, almost two before the war began.


Q:

Do you know Pete Delkus? You're the Best Weatherman Ever, I think he would make a great Vice Best Wetherman Ever.

A:

What has been your favorite interaction with a comic-con attendee while disguised in costume?


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Mr. Cleese. A true honor.

As an avid fan of yours and cheese, I must ask: what is your favorite type of cheese?

Also, I have never kissed the editor of the Radio Times.

A:

In your years, what achievement of man kind has brought you the most pride?


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Yes I know Pete. The meteorology community is relatively small.

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Too many to count. Loved heading to Crunchy Roll last month here in the bay area. So much awesome cosplay diversity!


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My favourite cheese is melted Gruyere. Second comes Bolivian Hyena Milk cheese, but it's very hard to get except in La Paz.

A:

Hi there,

Thank you for your tough question.

It's very hard to answer, probably the NHS (the British health service) which started when I was at college and I actually studied this with my wife at the college. A long time ago!


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Fellow Dallas-ite, I see :) Pete loves going jacket-off.

A:

Hi Adam! I've watched myth busters since I can't remember when, love seeing you on YouTube and kickin' it with Micheal.

Now that Elon has gotten SpaceX up out of the gravity well, will we ever see you up in space doing new crazy stunts on the ISS, The Moon or Mars at some point in the future?


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HI!! My fiance has a question for you, she's been looking forward to this AMA since you tweeted about it! From my Fiance: I’m a big fan thanks 100% to my Dad. I am getting married next year and am looking for a Father/Daughter dance song. My Dad is 63 and likes classic rock. We would love your suggestion for a song. A silly song would be acceptable too. We’re a colourful family! What do you suggest?

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[removed]


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For me, it's a practical thing. We move around a lot between segments, and sometimgs I literally dash outside or across the building during the news.

A:

If Elon asks, I'll go.


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Anything by John Philip Sousa. Or J.S. Bach.

A:

Hi sorry, this is his grandson writing we were planning on answering at 18:30pm, is that a problem? I am currently not with my grandfather but will be after work.


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How do you foresee the rest of hurricane season going? Namely for the Gulf Coast?

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Is your surname really Savage?

Did you ever think of becoming a punk rocker?


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What is your take on Bitcoin and decentralization of financial power?

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I honestly don't look that far out. The ingredients for hurricanes change week by week so I only look about 10 days ahead at a time. In that time, I don't see any threats right now.


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It is! It's a good Irish name.

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10 percent


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How does it feel getting this amount of recognition over something you've been doing for so long? What is the best piece of advise you can offer to aspiring meteorologists or educators? We appreciate you recognizing this community and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions!! May your future bear greater success.

A:

If you could steal a smooch from any guy in Hollywood who would it be?


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What is your favorite color?

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Thanks. The attention is nice from the standpoint that my mission has always been to educate (and entertain some). I do this as a part time college professor too. My best advice is put yourself in the seat of your audience. Throwing facts at them is not teaching. Make it interactive and fun with energy and enthusiasm and real-life examples. Interactive on TV is answering the questions people want to know, not what you want them to know!


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Chris Hemsworth or the Rock.

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My favourite colour is British Racing Pink.


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Who wins in a fight: an F5 tornado or a Cat 5 hurricane?

*EF5. Whatever. They sound the same except one refreshes and the other is Brock's finishing move. I get it.

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Adam, what has been your favorite cosplay to do at a con? And, was it your favorite because it was the most fun to build or wear?


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No doubt, the hurricane because it's just so large and long-lasting.

A:

Totoro and NoFace from Spirited away. The response people have to those characters is an anti-depressant.


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What made you want to be a weather forecaster and how did you go about becoming one?

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I am making edits as I go, as I am in high school heading to CAD class now. Anyway, hey Adam, been a fan of your works since early Mythbusters when I was a wee lad. What are your thoughts on augmented reality? Have any interest and/or are you going to be getting a headset? https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/536-bbbr


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I grew up with just a simmering interest in weather. Things like how you could have hail from a summer thunderstorm, and lightning from a snowstorm. I was always a natural performer so I was able to link my love for weather with my talent for performing/teaching. I went to Cornell to get a BS in meteorology, and then to FSU to get a masters degree to make sure I really knew what I was talking about.

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I'm sooper excited about AR. I've seen Hololens and Magic Leap (don't ask me anything!) and I can't wait for that future to come!


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Ay Cornell! Did Ithaca's terrible weather help with your education in meteorology?

A:

Hi Adam, been a fan for years.

Do you miss working with the mythbusters family?


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Yes, there's nothing like first-hand experience. One winter break, it got so cold there that the pipes froze and burst causing problems to students' stuff.

A:

Yes. You have no idea. We had the best crew in the world.


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Tornadoes can spawn quickly during a hurricane. Do these type of tornadoes tend to be less capable of being long track tornadoes, or does it just depend on the storm system?

Thanks for doing this! There is much love for you in Pensacola!

A:

Hey Adam, love what you have been up to and sharing with people since Mythbusters ended.

I am curious, out of any of the tasks, builds, or things you have set out to do, what was one thing has made you have to take a big step back and really think outside of the box or the normal way you might do something to figure out how to accomplish it? And how did that work out?


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Just from the tornadoes we had here in Hurricane Ivan, they were not long track but it definitely would depend on the system. Thanks.

A:

This is a lovely question. The answer is that this happens all the time. I can't call specific examples because I'm always trying to push my skills and boundaries further. farther. You know what I mean. The buddhists call it "watching the watcher" from what I understand of the dharma (which isn't much). i try and take that meta-view of things all the time.


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1.) What is a weather event/phenomena that you want to witness someday?

2.) What is the most memorable weather event that you have reported on?

3.) Pineapple on pizza? y/n

A:

Can you get an updated “Google Street view” done on your shop? I would love to see all the new things you have added since it was done originally.


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I'd love to see a tornado (in the open plains where no one is at risk). I've seen funnels and waterspouts but never a tornado... in part because I go to work when there's a threat of one. Ivan and Katrina were both the most memorable events of my career. No pineapple. Just cheese.

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It's funny should say that, I was just thinking that it's time to upgrade the street view of my Cave. I'll get on that


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Do you ever talk to John ed thompson the old fox 10 weather guy. ?

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Hey Adam, a couple of years ago my husband and I caught the Mythbusters tour in Buffalo NY and loved it. Any plans for more live shows?


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I haven't seen John Ed in a while but we certainly talk when we are in the same room.

A:

Yes!!! I'm touring in Nov/Dec with Michael Stevens from Vsauce. Check out braincandylive.com. Come and see us! I'm very proud of the show we've made.


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If TED reached out and asked you to give a talk, would you do it? What would you talk about?

A:

You're a Dad!?

Had no idea. This is news to me. TIL!


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Sure, that would be fun. It would be something weather-related

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I have twin 18 year old sons.


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What is a cool meteorological fact few know?

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Mrs. Donttrythis must be the most understanding partner in the world. I would love to have the life you have, but if I spent as much time in the shop or travelling as you do, my wife would cut my nuts off. She already complains if I spend an afternoon on a project in my shop. Kudos to you, and how do you get away with it? ;)


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There's really no new water on Earth. It just cycles and recycles through the ground, oceans, air, and our bodies.

A:

I spend a large amount of time with my wife and family. Balance between that and work makes all the difference. Many weekends we do NOTHING and barely leave the house save to walk Maggie and Huxley (our rescue dogs)


Q:

War Eagle or Roll Tide??

A:

What was the best interview you have ever done while doing your podcasts?


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If I answered that, I'd lose half my viewers!

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The stuff I just did with Syfy (Rick Baker, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Frakes) was so amazing for me, and so fun to do. I hope I get to do more of those. I've been doing a lot of interviews lately, and I really enjoy it.


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Hi Alan. You and the rest of the WKRG weather team are the reason why I prefer WKRG over the other stations in our viewing area. I'm glad the rest of the world now knows of and can appreciate the work that you and the rest of the team does.

Since you're internet famous now, what are the chances that you might make an appearance at a comic convention? If a convention like Pensacon reached out to have you as a guest, would you accept it? I'd love to sit in for a meteorology panel hosted by you. I think it would be a great experience.

A:

It's been a while since you did the video on dovetail joints, I was wondering if you'd had any more success with them since then?


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Thanks for the words. I regularly go to 2 weather conventions and 2 journalism conventions each year, and I get invited to many many more. If my station were to give me the time to do so, I would! Weather is universal so it applies to everything.

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Ugh, no? I've been doing more finer woodworking lately. We'll have a lathe wood turning video on Tested soon!


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Hello, I'm a meteorology undergrad. Which weather conventions do you attend? Are they exclusively for meteorologists, or do they allow students to attend as well?

A:

Hi Adam, thank you for taking the time to do an AMA. I just have one question: running zombies or slow? I need to know.


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All are open to anybody who pays to register! Students typically have a reduced rate. I go to National Weather Association (next week outside of Los Angeles), and then check American Meteorological Society (January in Austin). Both websites will link you to a lot of the regional and college conferences.

A:

I like fast zombies.


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This is a two part question.

What is your most defining moment in the meteorology field

And did you ever expect to get so much more love than even James Spann?!

A:

Adam, do you still keep in touch with Buster?


Q:

Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan were defining moments. I know James. Good guy. There's more than enough love to share!

A:

Sort of. One of the mementos I kept from the show was Buster's butt. https://twitter.com/donttrythis/status/819691966124261376


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Would you rather fight 1 Irma-sized tornado or 100 tornado-sized Irmas?

A:

I caught the full eclipse this year. It was a very moving experience. Did you see it and what did you think?


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I'd run, either way

A:

Yes! I watched the eclipse with my boys from our roof, which made it a really special experience. https://twitter.com/donttrythis/status/899674629299552256


Q:

Has anyone actually figured out what is going on during a jubilee? I've heard it's not enough oxygen in the water. I've also heard it's not enough oxygen in the water. I've heard it's dependent on the weather. What do you think?

A:

Hello Mr. Savage! I've loved Mythbusters since I was a small kid and so I ask you: Was there ever a time on Mythbusters where you thought "What we're doing is absolutely batshit insane" or "This show isn't worth it" (for when you were a "test subject")? Thank you for your time and your seemingly endless talent and humour. :)


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A jubilee is what we (in the Mobile Bay area) call a phenomenon where in a quiet weather pattern controlled by high pressure, a very light wind over a shallow bay or lake pushes the top layer of water away from the shore. That carries oxygen away from the shore leaving the fish and sea life weak, and disoriented, left to suffocate. People then go out in the water and gather up as much as they can!

A:

ALL THE TIME.


Q:

What was your reaction to being voted "Best Weatherman Ever" by so many people?

What made you want to become a Meteorologist?

Do you have any pets?

A:

If you were secret wars'd off to a battle planet where you had to fight off against large ambulatory sandwiches, what kind of sandwich would you most and least want to engage with in battle?


Q:

Bizarre is my reaction! It's nice though, that people are happy and excited to learn something that makes them smarter and safer. I don't mind the publicity from a professional perspective. Personally, I'm perfectly happy without it.

A:

Put down that bong.


Q:

Thanks for your great explanation of the hurricane, it was truly beneficial. What would you suggest as the best path for a young person interested in meteorology to obtain a job like yours?

A:

Check out the resources from two organizations that I'm an officer of- American Meteorological Society National Weather Association They both have lots of career links.


Q:

If you had the honor to name a hurricane, what name would you give it?

A:

That's a tough one. I wouldn't want to name it after a person since those storms can be pretty bad.


Q:

What measures could coastal cities take to be better prepared for more frequent and damaging hurricanes going forward?

A:

It takes a lot of thought and research into not only what extremes have happened in the past, but what could happen. For cities and families, you have to project how you will grow in the future and when you invest in your infrastructure, go for the long term, rather than short term. Even though it seems like it will cost more up front, you end up saving in the long run.


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What is a common misconception about your profession that you would like to address?

A:

That we guess at the weather and are wrong half the time. People focus on the one forecast that didn't turn out the way they expected, where they live, but they take for granted the overwhelming times that forecasts are right on target (for an area, not their house).


Q:

What's your favorite sandwich?

A:

Probably BLT


Q:

Hi, Alan! During the coverage for Irma, lots of reporters/meteorologists were out in the midst of landfall, some struggling to stand and others tied to hotel balconies - at the same time telling viewers to take cover. What are your thoughts on reporting live in dangerous weather conditions?

A:

I don't want to do it. There are safer ways to do it. On the other hand, people who are not in the path of the storms sometimes watch it for the spectacle.


Q:
  1. Did you ever think anything like this would happen?

  2. How did your co-workers react?

  3. What are you planning to do with your new-found fame?

A:

Never in my wildest dreams would I have anticipated this. My co-workers were really excited. I plan to keep on keeping on!


Q:

Would you consider yourself the Bob Ross of meteorology?

A:

I just consider myself me!


Q:
  1. Is climate change causing hurricanes to cause more damage?
  2. Where is the evaporation compared to the rainfall in a hurricane?
  3. Why isn't there thunder and lightning in a hurricane?
A:

The Earth is warming but before you consider that, consider that population density in front of hurricanes is so much larger, with people in the US that have more stuff, and bigger cities, so that even a medium hurricane will cause a lot of damage and headache. Evaporation and then condensation is what keeps building the clouds so it's around the hurricane, but also in the midst of it. Hurricanes tend to not have very cold air above them and that's part of what leads to differences of water droplets and ice crystals in regular thunderstorms. You're right they tend to not have a lot of lightning but they do have some, and the new satellites are showing it to us.