H.I. No. 77: Woah, Dude

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"Woah, Dude"
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Episode no.77
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Original release dateJanuary 31, 2017 (2017-01-31)
Running time1:54:55
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"H.I. #77: Woah, Dude" is the 77th episode of Hello Internet, released on January 31, 2017.[1]

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Grey and Brady discuss: Hello Internet listening party surprise, plane crash corner, elf on the shelf revisited, Rogue One and The Force Awakens revisited, mailing habits of Americans, Mastermind, some sports stuff or whatever, Sum, and Brady runs a brain-bending Limerick contest.

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Okay, Brady, I need an honest answer. How stupid do I look? Oh, you're wearing like the earbuds with no wires. The new Apple thingy, mees. Yeah, I got the new Apple AirPods. Yeah, I'm not cool with them. You're not cool with them. I wanted your opinion on this. You're gonna give them a thumbs down? Yep. Down. So the answer to how stupid do I look is varying. More stupid than you should. The lack of wires coming out of these devices now, I'm just realizing at every turn the problems it's eventually gonna cause me if I stay in the Apple ecosystem. Do you know I went and looked at a Google Pixel in the shop? I went and asked a hold one. Oh, did you? I did. That's how serious I'm getting now. That's very serious. Did you check out what the Wolf on Moji looks like on the Pixel? Was that your number one thing that you asked the salesman? I didn't get to that stage. They had this huge security contraption bolted to it. So you couldn't really get a good feel of what it was like without this huge thing glued to the bottom of it and a big cord. And I was like, this is ridiculous, man. I want to hold one without this stupid thing. So they had to go out the back and get one of their own and bring it out to me to hold. What, like the salesman's private phone? Yeah, he's private phone. Which had some skin on it as well. It was bloody amateur hour. So yes, I do think those pods look daft. They look so fragile in the air too. They're just like they're gonna fall out all the time. Do they stay in nicely? I have to say, the AirPods do stay in remarkably well. I actually think that they stay in better than the wired headphones because you don't have the wired tugging on them all the time. I've seen a few people wearing them around London while I'm wearing my own headphones. And every time I see somebody else wearing the Apple AirPods, I think, wow, that looks really silly. And then of course, realize that I too and one of these people walking around looking really silly. I think this is like a perfect example of how, like fashion is accepted among people. Like it's a thing that looks strange because people haven't seen it. I don't know. I think people will get used to it. It's very, very weird to have them. You know, Greg, you were an Apple Watch so in my eyes, you're shameless. Okay. I think clearly as far as sticking out in a crowd, these of course white Apple AirPods stick out a thousand times more than an Apple Watch. So I'm gonna disagree with you on that one. I'm sure we'll all get used to them in no time and the world keeps turning. You know, it's Australia day today, by the way, as we're recording. Is that Australian Independence Day? No, it's not Independence Day. It marks when the first flight arrived in Australia to sort of start colonizing. So that's kind of controversial in some ways, I guess. You could say it's wipe out the Apple Originis day. Well, I hope the meaning of the day's changing a bit now. There's a bit more recognition of past wrongs, but the date does actually celebrate. It's the arrival of the first fleet. The arrival of the first flight. Is there because of all the reasons? Botany Bay and Sydney Herbert. Detailed in kind of terms and steel. That's why the Apple Originis didn't build the first fleet. Well, happy Australia day. Thank you. Now, Gray, it's been such a long time since we spoke because you've been away having special gray time again when you sort of disappear into the mountains and meditate on the meaning of life. That's what I do. I have accumulated 36 items on my little document of things I'd like to talk about next time we do Hello Internet and we can't possibly do them all. So I've done a bit of a cull, but I have to warn you, I'm overflowing with things I want to talk about. Luckily, a lot of them when I read back through the list now, I think I don't care about that as much as I thought I did. But some of them are still on my mind. So we might have to spill this list out over a few episodes, I think. They were excellent for me, Brady. I thoroughly welcome your 36 items of follow up. But probably the highlight of the last month or so while you've been off on planet Gray has been that I went to a Hello Internet Vine or Listening Party. I am genuinely so envious of this. I'm really envious that this is a thing that you did. You didn't just go to a party though, Brady. I think the key element here is that you crashed a Hello Internet Listening Party. I did. I went unannounced. They didn't know I was coming. And I'm a bit reluctant to say this because I think it will make them feel like disappointed by my attendants in some ways. But I actually told you I was going to do it because the one I went to was in London. And I said, Gray, I've seen on Reddit that these people are getting together and they're meeting in this pizza bar for a final party. I'm thinking you're going, do you want to come with me? And you were totally up for it. You actually said I'd love to do it. But unfortunately, you couldn't because you had just gone away like the day before. So I don't want those teams here at the party to think, oh, we could have had Gray. That would have been even better. We got stuck with Brady. Oh, second-rate Brady. Could have had a first-rate, Gray. No, no, no. So it was just me. But it was very good fun. And also, though, I have to say, after what Gray said in a previous episode about how I should never contact him asking him to send a video because it's something like he wouldn't be willing to do the way that Dirk did to help me out. No, of course not. No, I would never do something like that. Gray did send a video unannounced. I was just sitting there at the table with the teams chewing the fat, having peaks, I have in a chat, and suddenly my phone pings. And it was a video message from Gray, like, to the teams. And I was like, oh, it's Gray's just sent you all a message. Who wants to see it? And seriously, a few people considered leaving the room because they didn't want to see your face. Like, they were going, oh, I don't know what to do. Those are the best kind of listeners as far as I'm concerned. They were really serious about their face spoilers but in the end, everyone stayed and watched your little message as well. So the idea of crashing the Hello Internet Listening Party, it really appealed to me. I really regretted that I couldn't be there. And so I felt at least send a video, right? I can be there sort of remotely kind of in a little bit of a sad way. And I was wondering if anybody was going to stand on the other side of the phone while the message was playing so that they didn't have to actually get the face spoiled. I have to say to the people who attended the party just to be clear, Brady is like 80% of the value of getting us to the party because Brady is the life of the party. I am not the life of the party. Well, whether that's true or not, that's what they got. So there you go. But so how was it from your perspective? We haven't discussed it at all. I'm dying to know how did the logistics of this go down? Well, it was at some location in London. And I knew that I'm meeting in the basement of a pizza place but I had no idea how many people were going to be there. I was thinking it would be two or three people. I thought it might feel a bit strange if like just two people are sitting listening to a record and I turn up and they're like, oh, hi. So I wanted to find out information without spoiling the fact I was thinking of going and after spending way too long on a train with flaky 3G reception, trying to set up a fake Reddit account, which is much harder than you told me it would be. No, I don't know what you were doing with your caveman thumbs but it takes two seconds to set up a sock puppet account on Reddit. Two seconds. I was having a few problems. So I set up an account and contacted the organizer and said, is it still on? Hoping that he would like contact me back and say, yeah, there's how many of the many people coming. And he took ages to reply. And then eventually he didn't, he just said, yes. And I didn't want to like seem too nosy because that would give it away. So I just had to like leave it at that and think, okay, well, I'm going. I don't know who's going to be there. I like the idea that you don't want to raise suspicions that a brand new Reddit account might be you trying to toss out information without crashing the party. I don't think this would cross anybody's mind. They're wondering like, hey, this new guy, do you think it's Brady? I was probably overthinking it a little bit. Anyway, based on our text message conversations about this, you were definitely overthinking it and over cautious but it was delightful to me. Yeah. So then I got to the pizza place and I said, is there a group of people downstairs? And they were like, yeah. Then just as I was getting to the bottom of the stairs, I bumped into someone who turned out to be the organizer. And I didn't really know what kind of reaction to expect. It's not like Elvis has turned up or something. It's just like some dude. So I wasn't expecting screams of joy or anything like that. And he just kind of went, ah, Brady. The best way I can describe it is it was like, I had said I might come but I wasn't sure. And it turns out I had. That was how I would describe the reaction. I'll tell you what that. It was really great and we had a brilliant, brilliant night. It was like really good fun. Everyone was really great. There was about 10 people there I think. And we ordered pizzas and we had some beers and then put on side one and then put on side two. And I tell you what the most interesting thing for me was because I never think this about hello internet. I never think of it as something that's funny. I totally understand. Like I just think it's you and me talking. We joke around with each other because that's just what we do. But like the thing that surprised me was how often people were laughing at the podcast. Like it was a funny show. And I mean I got great pleasure from that because it's always a nice thing isn't it when people are like laughing at things that are supposed to be entertaining. And you know, we never get feedback from an audience. So we never know what people think and saying people smile and also saying people like nod or shake their head. Oh, you know, typical grey or saying people look at each other and nod at all the in jokes and stuff. But was like, oh, human beings do this into this. I kind of forget that sometimes. It was a really nice experience just to be observing people listening to the podcast. And then afterwards we hung out and we spoke and it was a really great evening. I totally agree with your description of this though because when we're recording the show and when I'm editing the show, I always very much think of it in the same way that it's you and me having a conversation. And the listener is just a silent member of that conversation. But yeah, I don't really think of it as a thing that would be funny. So it would be very strange to sit in a room full of people and hear when they laugh. Like I think I would be surprised every time. Like every once in a while when my wife listens to the show and she laughs at something, I'm always kind of surprised and I think what was the thing that was funny? But I'm also realizing that I think you and I would have had a bit of a logistic disagreement had I been able to attend that evening because I don't think I could actually have sat through listening to our own podcast in a room full of people also listening to the podcast. I think I would have waited upstairs in the pizza place until the show was over and then go downstairs and talk to everybody because I think I would be too uncomfortable to be sitting in a room like, hey, everybody's listening to the thing that I've made. I think I would have to wait somewhere else. I'd be like, you go ahead Brady. I'll come down later. I mean, I did offer to leave when they started listening. I did say, is this too weird for you guys to have me here? Should I just go upstairs for a bit? And they were like, no, no, no, no. I mean, I understand that concern and it was in the back of my head too, but it didn't feel like that at the time. There would be been looking and nodding and smiling and there was a bit of when you would say something that would be typically great. They would just look at me and go, I feel for your Brady and I'd smile back. It was almost like you were having a little laugh behind your friends back. Great, great. Everyone's in the room rolling their eyes at me. Perfect. That was any joy in things as well, but it wasn't too weird like that. So I'm glad I did it. So there you go, Tim's. If you are arranging listening parties around the world, you never know when one of us might show up. LAUGHTER Well, Brady, it wouldn't be Hello Internet without playing Crash Corner. I see that one of your 36 items here is playing Crash Corner. Well, it's what the fans want. Is it? I'm always so uncertain with the corner that makes me the most uncomfortable. The corner where I feel like I'm most likely to be blindsided by something horrible that I don't know about. And I'm always streamed out about whether or not the fans do like playing Crash Corner. But here we are. Oh, no. Anacdotally, it's probably the favor of all the corners. Of course, yes. All of the fans who love the corner contact you about it. So we have playing Crash Corner. What is this? I still think after all this time, you don't fully grasp playing Crash Corner as well. It's not like every horrible crash that happens I talk about. The thing I just wanted to note was that back in the early, early days of Hello Internet, we had the MH370, the Malaysian Airlines playing that just vanished and just flew out to see and know whenever you knew what happened. And there were all these searches for it. And back then, I was just so confident that, that fired eventually, they have always technology and they're looking for it out in the Indian Ocean somewhere where they think it went. And just as time went by, I began to have my doubts. And now they've called the search-off. The search is over and they haven't found it. And I just never thought that would happen. A whole plain full of people never to be found, which I find extraordinary. I mean, the ocean's a big place, right? It must have disappeared in the ocean. Yeah, but technologies moved on. The Titanic went missing in deep water. And for a long time, it wasn't found. But then technology came along and it was like, oh, yeah, we can find it now. And I know they knew roughly where the Titanic sank because they rescued people and stuff. But I'm just amazed they can't find it. And I know how big the Indian Ocean is. I'm just amazed they couldn't find it. And there was talk, this minister from the Malaysian government said they were going to offer a reward to private searches. Like if someone could find it, they'd get a reward. And that quite excited me. Oh, yeah, it's like treasure hunting. I know. I even wondered if those two legends that went to South America and found that plane up the mountain might say, all right, we're doing it. But then a couple of days later, there was another story from someone more senior in the Malaysian government saying that that guy probably was just shooting his mouth off and there might not be a reward. So I don't know if there's a reward or not. If there was a reward, would you be tempted to try and claim it? The seems like a breeding project. I don't think I have the technical capabilities. I think taking a piece of paper with Pye Printed on it and rolling it on a runway is one thing. Searching for a missing plane in the Indian Ocean. That's another kettle of fish. I don't know, don't you want to progress in the difficulty of your projects? You're a man who's been on Everest. It seems like a missing plane in the Indian Ocean. How cool would that be? And listen, I think you also have quite an audience here. I think if you really wanted to, you could draw on the right people to help make this happen. Yeah, just saying, Brady. Are you talking like Kickstarter or something? Patreon is a Brady goes out and he's dinghy out to say, I don't know. I'm just the ideas guy here, right? You're the executor, right? You make things happen. You get vinyl records shipped across the world. I'm sure that you can find MH370. I think you could do it. It would make a great YouTube video. It would make quite a video. It'd get freebooted very quickly. That's the main reason I don't want to do it is because I know it would just get freebooted straight away, anyway, you know what? Fair enough. Do you know what? I was going to sort of clarify a correct you when you referred to me as the man that's been on Everest. But I quite like you saying that. So I'm just going to let that one slide. Wait a second. I don't know if that's not true. Well, I wouldn't say I'd been on Everest. Here's the thing. I specifically phrase that. Not like you've climbed Everest because I don't think that's entirely true, which you've been on at Beast Camp, right? That counts. I don't know where you would technically say being on Everest starts. I'm not sure Base Camp would count, but I think you've got to get through the Coombu Ice Bowl before you can say you're on Everest. Coombu Shmoombu. I think Beast Camp, that counts. As far as I'm concerned, 80% of the danger of getting to Everest is getting on the plane that gets you there. So if you're on the other end of that plane, you make it to Beast Camp, that counts as on Everest. Well, like I say, I could correct you on this stuff, but you're just making me sound awesome. So why would I? We'll let that stand. Now, Gray, we talk about not really thinking about who's listening to the podcast. And one thing I often forget is that one person who uses the podcast is my sister for helping my nephew go to sleep. It's like his thing, like he goes to bed and sometimes instead of a bedtime story, he can have like 20 minutes of Uncle Brady. Oh, that's so sweet. I know which sounds sweet, but she's just being lazy, isn't she playing a bit of Hello Internet? So he listens to Hello Internet. I think it's way above his head. I love the idea that not only are we putting grown adults to sleep with the podcast, right? There are also children being put to sleep. Well, it sounds to me like maybe we're putting my sister to sleep, but not my nephew, because what happened in our pre-Christmas episode was when we started talking about Elf on the shelf. And I mentioned how it was this toy. Like my sister had zoned out and wasn't listening. And my little nephew who has an Elf on the shelf, like was what's Uncle Brady talking about? And can I just say for the record and to my little nephew who'll be listening right now, your Elf on the shelf is definitely not a toy. Nestle is a real Elf. And you be a good boy because Nestle is watching. And what Uncle Brady said about toys was confusing and not right, but Nestle is a real Elf. And you be a good boy and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Believe you're Uncle Brady. Yeah. There's no reason to doubt Uncle Brady. Exactly. And it also did get me thinking about the Easter Bunny. And I just wanted to ask you a quick question, Gray. Oh, OK. Shut your eyes. OK. What does the Easter Bunny look like? Big and pink. OK. Because that's what I wanted to find out. Is the Easter Bunny to you like a rabbit? No. Or is the Easter Bunny to you like a man in a rabbit suit? It's totally a man in a rabbit suit. That's what the Easter Bunny is like. To me, the Easter Bunny is like a six foot man in a ill-fitting suit carrying a basket full of chocolate eggs. Yeah. He might be white for me. I don't know if he's pink. He's definitely bipedal for a stuff. Yeah, that's true. Yeah. Let me send you a picture of the Easter Bunny. I'm waiting. I've still got that goldness picture of you looking at me with your earbuds in. Don't look at me. It's at all. OK. Yeah. That's the Easter Bunny. You've got a name for everything, haven't you? Look, all I did was I went into Google. I typed in Easter Bunny. And that's what came up. That was the first of several terrifying Easter Bunny photos, right? Here's another one. You're Googleing scary Easter Bunny. You're not Googleing just Easter Bunny. No, I am not. I typed in Easter Bunny. This is what I found. The Easter Bunny is a friendly man in a pink suit. Not the ones that gray has just been posting to me. Yeah, I'm sending Brady nightmare versions of the Easter Bunny, the kind of Easter Bunny that you would have in a horror movie. But no, in my head, it's a smiling happy bunny that is human size. No, not smiling. The bunny face can't smile. But it looks friendly. It's like in a cartoon. Rabbits in a cartoon can smile. It doesn't have to be accurately rabbit faced. It's like cartoony rabbit faced. All right. The thing that I'm confused about here, is there anybody who thinks that the Easter Bunny is like a rabbit? Yeah, I think there are some people who grow up with the Easter Bunny mythology being a small rabbit on old force. But with magic powers, obviously, to deliver chocolate eggs, but not a standing up person. But is this version of the Easter Bunny, I mean, is he laying the eggs like the Canberra bunny? Well, rabbits don't lay eggs. But they don't deliver magic chocolate eggs either. I'm just, I don't understand. I don't know how the old force, small rabbit actually delivers the eggs. If you grew up believing the Easter Bunny was an actual rabbit, tell us and tell us how it negotiated the mechanics of delivering the eggs, because we'd like to know. Because in my head, the man-sized Easter Bunny has a magic basket from which you can draw an infinite number of eggs, right? Like Santa Claus and his magic sack. It's the same idea. But an actual magic Easter Bunny laying eggs for all the children on Easter. That's horrible. That sounds like torment. But like a man in a suit with a magic basket that has infinite eggs and you're cool with that. Yeah, that's fine. That's A, okay, great. I just want to check. I just want to turn that question for you then. Tooth Fairy, human-sized, fairy-sized. Small, like Audrey-sized. Oh, okay. Maybe small or even. Same for you. I don't know. I don't really have a good idea of the tooth fairy in my mind. I think the tooth fairy was less of a ever real fixture in my childhood and more of a transparent money delivery mechanism. I mean, I believed, but I think the problem is you see less depictions of the tooth fairy. I mean, you see the most depictions of Santa. And that's why we all agree on what he looks like. The Easter Bunny, there does seem to be a bit of a range. And that's why we can discuss it. But you hardly ever see depictions of the tooth fairy because it's not like there's, you know, tooth fairy cards and tooth fairy branding because we all lose our teeth at different times. So we don't really know what the tooth fairy looks like. It's a great unknown. Great unknown. Maybe there'll be some fan art of tooth fairy. Hello, Winston. Hello, the tooth fairy. I'm sure they will be. This episode of Hello, Internet is brought to you by a new sponsor, Hello, Fresh, the leading meal delivery kit service. Whether you're a busy professional couple, a large family that runs at a breakneck pace or someone who simply wants to start cooking more, Hello, Fresh makes it easier, tastier, and healthier than ever to enjoy the experience of cooking new recipes and eating together at home. From creating the recipes and planning the meals to grocery shopping and even delivering all of the pre-measured ingredients, Hello, Fresh delivers right to your door so you can skip the trip. 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I went and saw Rogue One for the second time. Oh, did you? I did. When did you see it for the second time? I was with some friends and they wanted to go and see it and I wanted to see it a second time. So because for people who don't remember, you had seen it twice when we did our review, Chris's day review and I had seen it once. And we're not going to review it again because we've done our review and also we're not going to do spoilers. But I have all my notes for the scenes on the planet that I didn't like that we were going to finish up. No, you don't want to do that. No, no, no. But can I just say watching it a second time? I hope it came across that I did like the film because I gave it like a partial thumbs up. People will remember, whereas I would say you were quite negative about it. Watching it a second time, my thumb has moved a little bit Oh. And it has moved more towards 12 o'clock, the upright position. And if we were doing that episode again, I would call you out on more things that you said and I think you were overly harsh. I still agree with a lot of things you said. But I think you were overly harsh and that film was even better than I said it was the first time around. Still not like an old time amazing film. But for people who said we gave it a bit of a hard time, I kind of agree. I think we could have been a bit more positive about it. That was my second viewing opinion when we walked out. Okay, so on the 180 degree scale that is your thumbs up and thumbs down, what is the final resting place? I would say 1048, which is even more fine tune than stars. Yeah, it's like, pointlessly precise. You got four significant digits here. How much did you like the Star Wars movie? 1048 and 38 seconds. Oh my God, it's crazy making. So anyway, I just wanted to put that out there. I think that's very interesting. I think it's very interesting you liked it more the second time around than the first time around. And things that you criticized it for, I think if it didn't do, you would have criticized it for. Like it couldn't win on some things. Like things that you said were things were getting too complex and there was unnecessary detail. If that stuff had been left out, would have been plot holes. I'll give one example if you want. When they go to desert planet and they've got to go and find Shae Guevara. He says, oh, I know a guy who can tell me where he is. And you thought, oh God, you know a guy who knows a guy, we don't need to know a guy to know a guy. But if he hadn't and they just landed on the planet and gone to Shae Guevara's house, we would have all been saying, oh, Shae Guevara, this big hidden guy, but anyone can just turn up on the planet and walk straight to his front door. That's ridiculous. That's completely implausible. So like little things like that that seem like unnecessary complications. I think you've got to drop a little bit of that in. Otherwise, we'd be complaining the other way. And I've had a lot of attention to that stuff and I didn't think it may things overly complicated. He's like, I want to just totally agree with you that the movie was in a no-win situation with that kind of stuff. And yes, that if they hadn't added in a bunch of those details, they would be plot holes. I think it's the same thing like with putting the labels for the places that they're going to in the movie. Yeah. As we discuss at the time, I think they had to leaving those out would have made things more complicated. But I think my problem is a bit more fundamental that it's like the structure of the movie has put you in this no-win situation. That's more how I feel about it. It's like the whole thing was slightly disorganized and kind of a mess. But I'm very interested to hear that you liked it more the second time. And I feel happy for you that you liked it more the second time. And I liked it the first time, as I said. I thought it was a good film, not as good as some others. And many criticisms that were made by both you and I, I stand by. But some of them, I think I gave you a bit of an easy ride on. Maybe because I'd seen it once and there's no point bickering over everything. But I do feel like if we did that review again, I'd probably go in a bit harder against you. Interesting. Anyway, we've done our review. You know, we've played our game. Win all those. You can't replay the Super Bowl. So the review stands. But you want to talk about Star Wars. You've been mulling over Star Wars while you've been in the mountains meditating the meaning of life. Well, there's just an interesting thing. There's two interesting things that I have noticed. One of which is the name for the new Star Wars movie has been recently announced. Yes. What is the name, Brady? It is the last Jedi. What do you think of that name? Disappointing. Is my first impression. It's the first time I've been asked to comment on it because I don't have many Star Wars fans around me in my day-to-day movements. It sounds like it should be the end of a trilogy. It doesn't sound like the middle. It's OK. It's not as bad as some others. Maybe it's not even disappointing. It's just what it is. It just sounds a bit final. And it seems weird to be using a name of such finality on this series of films that blatantly is now going to become endless for the rest of our lives until we die and beyond. I think N Beyond there is quite fair, right? I am willing to bet that Disney will be making Star Wars movies long after you and I are dead. Does that just support you in any way that things are going to happen in Star Wars that you never know about? Well, this is the reason I brought up is I saw some headlines about the title for the next Star Wars movie has been released. And the thing that I noticed was not any particular thoughts about the title, but I noticed my own internal emotional barometer towards this news. And I suddenly had a feeling of kind of like dread at the rest of my life, they're always being news about the next Star Wars that this is just going to go on forever. And the feeling that I had was it's a bit like election cycles in the US where it feels like you get this very brief break. And then it's like, we've got 100 days and then we're going to start talking about the midterm elections. Right? And then you have a little bit of time and then we're going to start talking about the next general. And I thought, oh no, is between Christmas and mid-January the only time for the rest of our lives we will be free of Star Wars news. I think that might be the case that there's always going to be like mid to late January we're going to start hyping up the next movie. Try being a football fan in England, man. The off season lasts 20 minutes. Oh yeah. They play the last game of the season. And you're like, well, that was a roller coaster ride. And then the new season seems to be starting minutes later and it's like crazy. I guess this happens with everything. It's just like the rumors about the next iPhone start before the current one is even out. Like everything has these same cycles. But I just had this feeling of suddenly realizing this is going to occur forever with Star Wars. So what do you think of the title of the last Jedi then aside from that feeling you had? Yeah, I just thought it was kind of a strange title. I agree with you. If something about it feels a little bit off but I also recognize that I am much less emotionally invested in the future of Star Wars and I feel relieved at that. The other thing that I've just been thinking about which I have found interesting is when I guess two years ago now you and I did the first Star Wars Christmas special where we talked about the Force Awakens and we both liked it very much. I have been really aware that I liked that movie. I saw it a bunch of times in the theater. And then later in the year, I saw it was available for pre-sale and iTunes. I was like, boom, sold immediately. Like I never buy pre-sale stuff. I always hate that. But I was like, I'm buying it immediately. Right, so I'll be able to watch it. That's interesting. I have no desire to watch it again. Yeah, okay. But so this is what happened, right? It's like I pre-ordered it and I have never touched it. And I only just realized this recently that it has never crossed my mind to even watch that film another time. I feel like I have no draw to watch that movie again. Like I'm very interested to hear you say the same thing. Like why do you think that is? Because you didn't imprint with it like you imprinted with the Star Wars films as a kid. And you imprint with fewer films as an adult. So you liked it, but you haven't like bonded with it at that date level. I think this is again the age-old question of our Star Wars movies, great movies. Or did we imprint upon them as children? A bit at both. It is a bit of both, but I've just been really aware of that sensation of I feel no need to re-watch The Force Awakens. And also being much more aware in retrospect that The Force Awakens is this phenomenon in Hollywood movie making called The Soft Reboot. I feel like I wasn't aware of this so much when watching the movie. And I think I would be more painfully aware of it on a re-watch that there are a whole bunch of movies that are not just being remade by Hollywood, but are being done as these like kind of quasi sequels, but that also start the whole story over again. I can't totally agree with that about Force Awakens. Yeah, I don't think it's a perfect soft reboot, but it feels like a soft, soft reboot. No. It's like a shot in the arm, but a glass of water in the face to the series saying, wake up, wake up, we've got to get our act together. What are you doing? Or it's like a big half time talk by the coach saying, you've just played terribly, come on, let's get out there and have a great second half. But it's not a reboot because like the story is a continuation and like they're constantly referring to what happened before and it's got the same people in it, same characters are in it. You know, Luke Skywalker still in it and everyone knows what he did before and the legend of him. I know what you're saying. You're not being crazy, but if you're gonna call that a reboot, it's the softest of softest versions of it. I think it is a very soft soft reboot though because even though there are new characters, they're all like explained a new and Luke is just in the Obi-Wan role but all of the characters are the same thing again. We have New Vader, there's New Young Luke, we have New Hans Solo. It does feel very much like a soft reboot. I just wonder if that will also not age the movie well going forward in the future, but it's just a thing that I'm aware of and I found interesting that I was wrong that future me would really be interested in watching this movie again and it turns out that that is not the case. Yeah, I could have told you that. I could have saved you a few bucks there. Well, when I go to pre-order Rogue One, I'll ask you at first. If you put Rogue One and Force Awakens in front of me right now and said you have to watch one of those two, I choose Rogue One at the moment. That's astounding to me, I can't believe that. And I've seen it more recently, I've seen it twice since I saw Force Awakens. Rogue One was more grown up. Rogue One was an adult's movie and I'm a grown up now. I still think Force Awakens is probably better. I think if you were like weighing and measuring everything and you had to do a bigger analysis, I would still say Force Awakens is better than Rogue One, but Rogue One felt more like my movie at my time of life and my interests. And it's got a lot more weaknesses than Force Awakens, but it just felt like it was talking on my level. A bit more the hardest nails movie for a hardest nails man. Maybe that's it, maybe that's it. I don't know, maybe five years is when we can really put them side by side. And by then there will be another five Star Wars movies. Hahaha. What do we have here? A breeding paper cut? You asked for it. Did I ask for it? Hahaha. I'm not sure I quite asked for it. I have many paper cuts. You know I always have many paper cuts. I have one. It doesn't make me angry. So I don't want the people who I'm about to criticize to feel like I'm angry at them. But it does kind of get my goat a little bit. So I did something a couple of weeks ago. I've been playing around with my email list and one of the things I have decided to do is occasionally send like treats to people on my email list to like thank them for putting up with my emails. Hahaha. So you're sending them emails, thanking them for putting up with your emails. Okay, got it right. Well, no, it wasn't quite, it was a bit more subtle than that. But it feels like why I'm not subscribed to your email list. Yeah. Thank you. Go sign up to Brady's email list, everybody. Yeah. Right, yeah, you've sold it so well now. So what I did was, and I didn't just send an email just for this purpose, it was just a PS on the end of a normal email. I said, if you send me your address, I put everyone who sends me their address in like a lottery and a hundred of them I sent postcards, like personal postcards and I signed and I got nice stamps made for them and it was all a bit of fun. It was like a perk, like a reward, but randomly chosen. Nice thing to do. And I get set all these addresses and then I used a random number generator to choose a hundred of them. And these are the addresses for people who I was writing postcards to. And because people were sending their address to me in an email and not using some kind of form or pro-form or commerce site, they just had to write their address how they choose to write it fair enough. And this is when I realized something. Everybody in the world, when they're writing their address to me, I imagine most of them now I'm probably in England, write their address and include their country, except Americans. I reckon by a ratio of 600 to three Americans write their address and never put United States USA at the end of it. I think they just assume it's a given that you're from America. So when I was like pasting and making all these forms to send, because it was mostly Americans who I was sending these things to, I always had to write United States or USA and that sort of thing. Because Americans never write their country. Everyone else does. No matter where you're from, Sweden, Italy, all over the world, Israel, Australia, even most of the UK people did it. And they know that I'm in the UK. Americans never write their country and their address. And I think it's like, you know, I don't know, maybe it's a little bit arrogant to do, I say. I think the two letter state abbreviation is all you need. Yeah, and obviously that's what they think. Yeah, you see M.O. on an address. And obviously you know where that is. You know where that's going. America, that's where it's going. America. I'm not telling you where I am. You should know where I am. And it began to frustrate me a bit. I was like, oh, another American not putting their country on their address. Surprise, surprise. So many of these Amero-centric complaints, they're obviously just a side effect of, for most Americans, for 99% of everything they ever do, it's all economically within the borders of the United States. Like how many times does an American ever have to send a letter, anywhere else in the world? Almost never. Like unless you're sending it to Santa Claus, you don't have to send it out of the country. And even then some Alaskans will try to tell you that he should be sending it up to Alaska. What do you mean the North Pole is not in America? If I can't remember off the top of my head, like the reasoning for why Santa's in Alaska, it seems fituvious, right? But there's some reason why. I mean, I understand that that's a paper cut of yours, but I think this is what's going to happen when you have some gigantic economic block that supplies for itself all of the needs that it has. But these people, like a hello internet listener's, most of them, I don't know, maybe they're not. Maybe lots of them were subscribed for videos and don't know that I'm British. Well, Australian in Britain. They're all objectivity fans. I don't know what's going on. I don't think it should matter. I think you should just put your country there, like unless you know for a fact that the person's in the same country as you. The thing is, I am thinking back to when I was a little boy, in school, and I'm pretty sure it never even came up about how to address international letters. Like I remember doing the, how do you write a letter to somebody in Arkansas lesson? But there was never any reason to put United States on the bottom. I'm pretty sure I never came across the notion of putting the country name underneath until I was in the UK. But we live in the world of A-bay now and we're pretty globalized. Well, obviously we're not. Obviously we're not that globalized because people don't do it. I'm a little bit surprised, but not that surprised. We should know where America is. A couple of times I was thinking, where is this? Is this in America? It must be because if it wasn't, they would have written their country. So it's put United States. So great, there's a quiz show in the UK, which I'm sure you've never watched, called Mastermind. Have you heard of this? I don't think so. Right. I think there were usually four contestants and they each take a turn sitting in like the hot seat and under the spotlight. And there are two rounds. There are a series of questions on a specialist subject of their choosing. And then there are a bunch of questions on general knowledge and your two scores are added together and whoever does the best wins. And you'll see someone, okay, here's John Smith from Somerset and his specialist subject is Fighter Plains of World War II and the quiz makers will have come up with a whole bunch of questions on this specialist subject and usually you're just kind of flabbergasted and you might get one or two if you're lucky. And it's kind of weird that people can know so much about a subject. And then like the quiz master will say after a while, tell us why you're into World War II planes or whatever and they'll have a little chat. And then they'll come back later and do their general knowledge section. But it's always a really good fun thing to think to yourself when you're watching Mastermind. If I was on Mastermind, what would my specialist subject be? What's something I know a lot about and I'd be really happy to be quizzed about in depth like at a deep level? Now I always thought that my specialist subject would be the Apollo moon landing missions. Oh yes, of course. And anyway, amazingly a couple of years ago I was watching Mastermind and some guy came on and he chose that as his specialist subject. So this was like my moment to put myself to the test. It was no longer hypothetical for me. I could do it and see how good I was. And I'm not ashamed to say, I did pretty well. I think maybe I got one wrong out of like about 20, 25 questions. Oh wow. So I was like, yep, I know my stuff. I know my stuff. I felt pretty good. So I always thought that would be my ultimate subject. I was watching Mastermind the other day and admittedly it was a celebrity version when the questions were a little bit easier when they do celebrity mastermind. But anyway, this cricket player came on and he chose as his specialist subject the original three Star Wars movies. Hmm. And they asked him all these questions. And I now think that is my specialist mastermind subject because the first four words of the question would come out and I would give this really obscure answer. And my wife who was sitting in the room at the time looked at me half impressed and in awe and half ashamed of what a nerd has put in place. Exactly. Have horrified that you know all of this stuff. Yeah. We all know that feeling. But I tell you what. So I now know if I was a mastermind, they would beat my two options because they seem to be two things I know quite a lot about. Now cricket, cricket would be one of my guesses for you. Cricket maybe, but cricket can be quite broad. Hmm. Normally the broad are your subject though that easier the questions are funnily enough been here. Yeah, but how specific could you get? Could you be like, on my specialist subject is Jeff Dujan? Could you do that? Well, I think the more specialized you get, the more they throw it incredibly hard questions at you. That's my experience of watching. Is that the more you zoom down, the more obscure they get on you. So you should be like, my specialist subject is general knowledge. Yeah. But it did get me and I'm getting to my point here after it's not just an excuse to tell you how much I know about moon landings and star wars. Are we sure? I think so. Well, we can stop now if you want. But the thing I wanted to know was if CGP Gray was on mastermind, what would his specialist subject be? If you had to go on this quiz show and be quizzed in front of a national audience in depth, what's the subject you would choose as one that you think when the researchers pulled their questions together? You'd hold your own. I got to go with current events and pop culture. That would be my specialist subjects. Sports ball between the year 1980 and 2000. Yeah, I would crush that. I would absolutely crush that. Besides that, I mean, that's just given. I've got a theory. I'll put one to you that I thought you'd say. Okay. You guess first here. Then we'll talk about this. My guess is that you're going to choose Lord of the Rings. That is not an unreasonable guess. But I think I'd be pretty terrible at that. Okay. For anyone who was really pulling out a Lord of the Rings quiz. I don't go crazy hard. But yeah, but Lord of the Rings is an unusually deep well to pull from. Right. That has a large number of names. And I am really bad with names. Yeah, yeah. Especially when all those names are also similar to each other. Exactly. That's not a bad guess from your perspective. Okay. Here's the thing. I always think that it is important to understand and know yourself. And one of the lessons that I learned about myself a long time ago is that I am not a specialist in anything. I kind of want to be the person who knows a ton about the Apollo missions. Or I want to be the person who has a ton of Lord of the Rings knowledge. But I am much more like a serial specialist. Like I will for a narrow period of time get incredibly interested in the thing and read up on everything that I can possibly read about it. And then suddenly one day I will wake up and I will just have no more interest in that thing. It's just that phase is over. And so there's a ton of stuff that I have done this with. But I really don't have a single topic over a long period of time that I can say, oh, I really love and know everything about X. I kind of accept that as part of my personality. Like it's part of the reason why I turned down doing a PhD program a long time ago because the whole idea of having to focus on one specialist topic for a long period of time, I just came to the realization and just faced it straight on. Like I can't be that person. There's no way I can actually do that. So I genuinely don't think I have any meaningful specialist area that I could offer up on a game show like that. Well, Gray, that's a fascinating insight into you as a person as always. And I commend you for entering into the spirit of the question. But obviously your answer is completely unacceptable to me. And I want you to choose a subject just for the sake of it with that huge qualification attached to it. I wouldn't want to go on a TV show and be tested on Apollo or Star Wars. The nerves of the lights and the cameras, I'm sure I'd choke and make a complete fool of myself. What if you had to do it? Like you had to do it to save your family's life? Like I appreciate that theoretical question. I really do. I'm trying to be strategic about this. But I get what you're saying about you're not being someone who, you know, it's like I'm not a person who has hobbies. I like I can never maintain interests like that for any length of time. There are very, very few interests in anything that last a very long time with me. Yeah. Maybe voting systems. But even then I feel like it'd be trivial to design specialist questions that I couldn't get right on something like that. I mean, the quiz masters aren't trying to embarrass you, but you're right. That might be a hard one because they'll probably feel quite limited in what like at us. Well, this is why I'm trying to be so much strategic about this. It's not like Lord of the Rings where the well is infinite. With voting systems, it's a much more bounded area. And I think I could probably do okay with something like that. Interesting. But even that, I feel incredibly tentative with that as an answer. Well, you'd name something. So thank you for giving me one. If you could let me slide with that one, Bradie. I'll let you slide with that because you re-lented. Thank you. I appreciate that. Can I just say one other thing that infuriates me about that show, Mastermind? The way the show works is you answer the questions in the time limit. I always think it's unfair because it seems to me like people get an uneven number of questions, like someone seems to get more questions in their time slot than someone else. But the makers of the show always say that's not an issue. What kind of banana republic show is that they don't have a set number of questions in time? Yeah, I know. But the other thing that drives me crazy is that the way it works is if there's a tie, the way they break the tie is the person who passed on the least questions. Because if you don't know an answer, you can just say pass. At the end, they tell the answers to all the ones you got wrong. I don't know why anyone ever says pass. Because if you don't know the answer, you should just have like a thing in the back of your head that I'm going to say, John Smith. So at least you'll have no passes. People saying passing that show drives me crazy. Because there's no strategic advantage. I mean, if you get one wrong, the quiz master then tells you the correct answer. So that might take up one or two seconds of your time. But you're not getting dark points. It feels like you should just burn through as many questions as possible. Yeah. That's just me getting something off my chest. Drives my wife crazy because I complain about it every time I watch the show. But I complain more about the uneven number of questions to be honest with. It seems incredibly unfair, but it also seems like the stakes can't possibly be high here. If nobody's figured out the strategy when they're like, who created the orcs and you go potato right? And they just say, oh, no, sorry. You're like, keep moving, keep moving, right? Yeah, yeah. Is there no reward on the show? Is this just for funsies? True that there isn't a big prize. It's not high stakes. But anyway, I take quiz shows quite seriously sometimes. So I don't want to get too bogged down by all this. You are very serious about the rules of games. That is true. That is true. I am. So serious. We can essentially never play games. We played games at Christmas, didn't we? No, that didn't even count. What we did was not even a game. It was a conversation starter, which is the only reason we were able to play. We had a great night. We did. That was fun. We had a very good night over Christmas. But it seems like it's impossible to play sellers of Catan with you. You won't deal with it. No, I probably don't. We'll see. If we were doing it for like a podcast, I would because I'd have to pretend. For sure. To pretend to be a normal person who's not totally losing is cool. Yeah. Something else, just quickly, there was new information to me. And I feel silly for not knowing this. I don't know if you know this. But I'm often surprised by things in shops that have security tags on them to stop you shoplifting. In particular, underwear. Like when you shop for, you wouldn't know this because you don't shop for underwear in the shops. I'm already trying to spin up a theoretical scenario under which I'm shopping for clothing in a physical store. Expensive, like a thousand pound leather jacket. I can understand them putting a security tag on so you can't just walk out of the shop. But the thing I'm always surprised is there's really, really high security on like underwear, like boxes of Calvin Klein underwear or whatever, like the trendy brand is. They're always got security to their hilt, like it's fort knocks and I've got all these huge tags on them because they're obviously a very stolen item. Maybe because people who shoplift want nice underwear and maybe because they're a good size to steal, I don't know. But it always baffles me a little bit. But I've learned to accept it over the last 10 to 15 years that it's a thing. What I didn't realise was the other day because I don't eat steak very much. I know everyone loves steak and thinks it's like the best thing in the world to eat. But I think it's really overrated. Really? Another day I decided to buy a steak in my local supermarket and I wanted to get a posh one because I'm posh as cushions. So I want to get like, you know, the tasty choice special deluxe version. Of course. It wasn't like a posh one from a butcher. It was still like a pre-packaged one. It was sealed in packaging. It cost like 10 pounds or something like that. And it had security tags all over it. At the checkout they had to take the security tags off and deactivate it so that shoplifters couldn't leave with a piece of steak in sealed plastic. This was new information to me. I said to the woman, is this like new? Why is there security on a piece of steak? And she's like, oh, I think they just get stolen a lot. People steal them. We had a whole conversation about it and I brought up the underwear with her. And she was like saying she thinks steak is an easy thing to resell like you could go down to the pub and sell up that night. What? So it's got a good resell value. There's like a steak grey market out there. Yeah. I don't understand how this can possibly be. Did you know this? Do you ever have a bought a steak? Do you ever shop for food? I see me shop for food. Shop for food. No, of course I'm not going to a supermarket and shopping for food. No, I haven't done that in years if I can possibly avoid it. Every once in a while I will get sent on errands like a semi-autonomous drone to just pick up items that have been photographed so I can visually identify them without having to think about it very much and bring them back. I'm never roaming up and down a supermarket with a supermarket cart looking at things wondering why there's security tags on the steak. This is not an activity that I would ever participate in if I can possibly avoid it. Yeah. I'm going to have the Uber guy bring me some food or I'm going to have food delivered to my door. I'm not going to go to the supermarket and deal with security on the steak. It sounds like a real hassle. It's the first time I've ever bought food that's had security on it. It was new to me. I've obviously moved up in the world. Are you sure that steak was $10? Are you sure you weren't buying a much more expensive steak? Yeah. I didn't eat it either. Wasteful Brady. No. I gave it to someone else to eat because I knew I wasn't going to eat it. Did you resell it? Yeah, I took it down the pub. Made a tidy profit. This is like, but here's the thing, Brady. I feel like I have to actually ask you if you did resell it because I could totally see that happening. No. I can see you reselling yourself. Really? You think I'm someone who would resell stuff? I don't understand why you do anything sometimes. I've got a drawer here full of every iPhone I've ever owned. Most people I know sell their iPhones when they get rid of them. I never sell stuff. Soon going to be filled with pixels that you own. Well, no. It was a bit plasticky, to be honest. I wasn't very impressed by the feel of it. It felt cheap. I was disappointed. I was up for it, too, but it felt cheap. 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When we're really clear and put that card on the table right now, which is that you really don't have anyone to talk sport with. I'm calling it now, Gray. It's unofficially official. Sports bowl corner. It's new. It's a new corner. I never feel more like you're a tolerant wife than when you're talking to me about sports. I always feel like I am being the best of friend that I possibly can be. I don't know if this can be a regular thing. I don't know if I can handle this. Do you know the being a nice friend and tolerant is all undone the minute you say you're doing it? I know, but I feel like I have sunk so many hours in my life into listening to you talk about sports. I'll tell you what, there are four items here. Oh, no. Let me just deal with two of them. Those bottom two can wait for another day because those bottom two are going to take me a while. But let me deal with those two top ones because they'll be a bit quicker and they're also a little bit more up your alley. And you don't actually have to understand either of these sports to appreciate the point I'm wanting to raise. You're so bad at estimating what I'm interested in with the sports. No, no, no, no. I don't think you'll be interested as such, but at least you won't have to talk about like the rules of a game or how the sport is played. But the rules of the game are the most interesting thing. You just literally proved my point. You're going to talk about people, which I couldn't care about less, but like the abstract rules and how the game works, that's the only thing I'm interested in. I've been listening to Moneyball all day and every time they talk about the people in this board, I'm like, ah, who cares? I can't keep track of any of these people. Soon as they get back to the statistics, it's like, now I'm interested. All right. Great. Do you know who Andy Murray is? No. All right. Andy Murray is a Scottish tennis player. And he has recently just become the number one tennis player in the world. Okay. And last to Olympics, he's won two Wimbledon titles and after many, many, many years of a lack of British success, he has finally become a great British tennis player. Okay. And this has caused much happiness in the UK. It's funny. He was always considered very Scottish until he started winning lots of stuff and then everyone in England started referring to him more often as British. Did he kind of got adopted as a lot more British once he was a champion? Anyway, that's by the by. Very good tennis player and he's at the height of his game. He's the world number one at the moment, right? In the New Year's honours list, he was knighted. I actually have issues with people being knighted during their sports career. I think this should happen afterwards. But because the government likes to use knighthoods as an excuse to increase their popularity, they've knighted this guy while he's still playing. Mm-hmm. All right. I have no control over that. I don't, obviously. I don't think they should be doing it now, but they've done it. The two problems I have with it is one, I think it sounds silly calling someone Sir Andy Murray when his name is Andrew, but he's still called Sir Andy Murray. And the other thing that really annoys me is because of weird protocol or whatever reasons, all of the media outlets in the UK, especially the BBC, now feel like they have to call him Sir Andy Murray at every reference. So you'll be listening to like the sports update on the radio or the TV to find out the latest results. And they'll be saying, oh, and Sir Andy Murray beat Jeff Smith in a game of tennis. Sir Andy Murray has pulled his hamstring. Sir Andy Murray will be playing in the US Open tomorrow. And I think it sounds silly when you're just running through sports results. And a guy who was just called Murray or Andy Murray a week ago is now being called Sir Andy Murray at every reference. I mean, isn't that the whole point of the nating? Is that everybody has to do this little acknowledgement thing? No, I don't think that's the point of it. And a lot of people don't like it. He has said like in a column, just to call me Andy, he doesn't want to be like Sir Andy Murray all the time. I mean, I know lots of people who are knighted. Oh, Mr. Fancy fans, Brady all of Brady's friends are knighted. Some of my best friends are knights. Anyway, I mean, look, I'm not quite sure what you're saying here, but if the dude has written some article saying just call him Andy, then I think that's that supersedes things. Like if someone wants to be called Andy instead of Andrew, it's like, yeah, go along with that. And if he's been knighted and he says, when you're doing the sports rundowns, you don't have to call me sir. It's like, great. Okay. Now we're done with this. We don't have to actually call him sir. I think they should just drop it then if he's okay with dropping it. Yeah. What could be the possible objection? Well, it's probably there's probably some protocol written in like some BBC style guide where anyone who was knighted has to be referred to as sir in the first reference and they're unwilling to let it go or something like that. Doesn't sound like a problem with Andy. Doesn't sound like a problem with the knighthood system. Sounds like it's a problem with the BBC. All right. I wasn't a portioning blame. I was just saying it annoys me. I don't think the BBC needs to change that style guy that we are referring to a surprising amount of time. All right. Now, let me give you my other conundrum, which I want you to solve for me saying you've solved the Andy Murray problem. Okay. You have a conundrum that you want me to solve. This is the Wayne Rooney problem. Do you know who Wayne Rooney is? No, I don't know who Wayne Rooney is. He's a footballer. He's a soccer player for Manchester United. Okay. For many, many years, the record number of goals scored by a Manchester United player was by a guy called Bobby Chalton who you won't have heard of, but it's big deal in England. He scored 249 goals for Manchester United. And Wayne Rooney has been closing in on this record. And what happened was about two weeks ago, he finally scored the goal to equal the record. And we had all that he was loud as a hero and is all over the newspapers and there were specials on TV and it was isn't it brilliant? He's equaled this record at last. And then I feel like we were kind of painted into a corner because is it a bigger deal to equal the record or break the record? Because two weeks later, he scored another goal and he became the highest score out on his own on 250. And then he was in all the newspapers and we had all these TV specials and we had all these tributes again and he was loud as this great hero for breaking the record. When records are broken, when should we be celebrating? When the record is equaled or when the record is surpassed? Obviously, it's when the record is surpassed. Equalling the record. Who cares? Because the person who did it first is way more impressive. Right. Like doing something first and most very impressive. Doing the same thing somebody else did before you the same amount, not impressive at all. So it's obviously after. But again, I think this is actually the BBC's problem again because they want to just talk about a thing twice, right? Because they have to fill the airwaves with stuff to talk about. So you go, whoo, how can we turn one new story into two? We can talk about it twice. That's how. It made them look silly. They're a little bit water on Mars because it was like, didn't we celebrate this two weeks ago? Wasn't he the great hero two weeks ago? Why is this happening again? So my version of this that come across every once in a while in the non-sports world, which I always find confusing is news stories that talk about the contents of a speech that have not happened yet. Yeah. Something about those things always feel like they fell out of a parallel universe. And a speech that will happen later today, the Prime Minister will lay out a policy that has these three points. It's like, wait, what? That always happens with budgets as well. In the budget to be released tomorrow, there will be tax cuts. Yeah. And the other time it always happens is on Christmas day when we're told what the queen or the archbishop is going to say in their message to the world of peace. Later today, the queen will deliver a dress urging all Britons to hold hands and like, oh, well, hang on. Jen said it yet. Yeah. I find that so strange. I remember a number of years ago, there was an example of a newsreader in America literally reading a speech that the president was going to give before the speech was given. It was like, it feels so wrong. I feel like if I was president, no, I'm not giving you a copy of my speech ahead of time. You'll hear it when I give it. I'm with you there. I'm with you there. I mean, I guess the reason they probably do it is because there's something that everybody really totally hates. They want a little opportunity to be able to change it the last second, which is kind of what I presume is the reason that they do it. It's about hitting the fake news circles and stuff, isn't it? You think that's what it is? And it's about the same thing that happened with the Wayne Rooney go. It's about having two bites of the cherry. You get a new cycle the day before and a new cycle when they've got the footage of you actually saying it. So you get twice the coverage. I guess in my mind, I was always thinking of it like when you put a video up on Patron just for the Patron so they could see it like a good chance of you really met something up. It's like, oh, it's not really public. Like take the temperature. Yeah, exactly. Oh, shoot. I didn't realize that mistake was there. Let me fix this. Or like when CGP Gray releases a script a few days before a video asking for people to check his grammar. The grammar Nazi sneak peek. That's exactly right. Like, oh, hey, look at all these words in my video. I hope they're all spelled right. Yeah. That's what I always thought it was, but I think you're right. Yeah, this is the exact same thing. They want to be talked about twice. Going back to Wayne Rooney, you would have been of a conundrum because the day he scores go 249 and he's equaled this famous record. You can't say nothing about it because it's a bit of an elephant in the room. Sure you can. You can say nothing about it. Why do you have to say something about it? Okay. You're right. I live in a world of sports hype where the idea of saying nothing is completely far into me. You're quite right. Sorry, Wayne Rooney. I don't really care about your score until it's bigger. End of story. Good. You sorted it out for me. That's how I'd run the sports and use network. That's all for sports ball corner until next time when we do with a few media subjects, I want to tell you about. I look forward to it, Brady. I look forward to it. Okay, Brady. Many months ago now, I think, you got me a little present. I did. Got me a present. Present that I have with me right now. Listeners can hear it. There's some fully work for you. Oh, he and the dead trays. He and the dead trays. Is it fully work if I'm using the actual thing? I don't know, whatever. I'm flipping the pages of a book. This is what you got me. A book called Some, Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Egelman. And I think this actually came up when we were doing the vote counting. You mentioned this book as an interesting book to read. It's made up of a very large number of very short stories about what might happen to you in the afterlife. That currently two or three pages, H1. Yeah, they're very, very short. And you sold it to me on like, oh, I might be interested in this book as a nice little book that you could put by your bedside, just read a couple of pages. And I accepted it graciously and it sat next to my bed for months, untouched by human hands. Can I just clarify before you tell me what you did next, when you, well, you still got it, so you haven't burned it. It's not like a religious book. It's not about what really happens in the afterlife, just in case people think. That's what it's about. Yeah, it's like a fictional book, right? Just some fun speculations. It's like thought experiments. It's just things to get you thinking about life more than death actually, but yeah, it's not like, you know, this is what will happen in heaven or stuff. It's not touch by an angel people. It's fiction, right? That's, yeah, that's excellent clarification. And I was interested in the book because you gave me an interesting description of it. You told me some of the basic premises. And so I accepted the gift graciously and then I proceeded not to touch it for forever. And sort of half forgot about it, even though it was literally the only thing on the dresser that was mine. It was more of a prop than a, yeah, exactly. Well, one of the reasons I gave it to you, besides thinking that you would like the contents and I wanted to talk to you about the contents of the book. I mean, I know you don't like paper books, but I actually thought you wouldn't mind this book as an object. It's actually quite an attractive book. It's small and thin and it's sort of black. And I thought if there was ever a book you were going to like the look of and accept into your object light house, it might be this book. I love that this is something that crosses your mind. You're looking at the book and trying to think, will this be accepted into the grey household? It's quite modest, you know, it's not gaudy or colorful and not big and fat. It looks cool. It looks like something you would carry around with you. I mean, it looks like a kindle. It actually is not much bigger than a kindle itself, yes, that is correct. But so it went untouched for a long time and then finally last night for some reason I felt motivated to give it a shot and I've read through perhaps the first 25% maybe a third of this book. I have some thoughts for you. I can't wait. Okay, first of all, we have to talk about the physical paperness of this book because I've got my copy here too, by the way. Okay, good. There's some. There we go. Very nice. I was trying to think it has been maybe five years since I have read a physical book made a paper. It might possibly be longer than that, but I'm pretty confident that it has been five years. And I have to say when I decided like, oh, let me pick this up. Let me give this a try. I was kind of thinking like this is going to be a charming experience to read a book. It's like going to ye old medieval town and you're like, oh, look how charming this is. But I kind of say I find the experience of reading a paper book after years of reading digital books extremely subpar. I did not like it at all. I didn't find it charming in the least. I didn't like the physicalness of the book and I found it super annoying. This little book, like we're trying to open up the pages and the pages are all bent. And so now like I have to try to break the spine of this book to make it all nice and even to look at like I'm breaking the physical spine of this thing. But even when I do that, the pages are still bent. So the words are all getting wrapped around as dumb as it sounds like the lighting is all uneven on the page. I can't just put it down on the table and read it. I have to have a hand on it all the time, keeping the thing open. I don't like paper books. I don't like them at all. I don't think it's charming. I know people are always like, oh, it's nicer to read a paper book if you can. But I'm coming down very hard on digital books are way better. It's so funny you should say that. And I know this is almost playing to cliche here. But I've actually been really disappointed lately with the low number of books I've been consuming for the last sort of year or two. I mean, I've done a few audio books that I've enjoyed, but I haven't been using my Kindle and it was beginning to hurt me and we were at the shops a few days ago. And my wife was feeling the same way. She reads a lot more than me, but she was like, I want some books. And we went into a bookstore and like filled our boots with paper books because we felt like that was the thing to do. And I bought three or four books and came out with them. And I've been reading one of them for the last three or four days. And I feel like I've been reborn and it's like wonderful. And I'm like deliberately carving out time to read and I'm thinking, oh, I'm going to run a bath and read a book in the bath for the next hour because I'm in joy. And like I'm obsessed with the book and I'm reading it at every opportunity. And it's the paper that's reengaged me. It's having it as a physical object that's reengaged me. And I know it's a bit of a laugh because we're different and stuff. But I've had the exact opposite experience. I've got back into paper books for the first time in ages and I'm absolutely loving it. I totally understand that. I completely understand that feeling. I do keep a book list of the books that I read and I don't think that audio books count as reading a book in the same way. And I am really aware of the number of books that I have sat down and physically read as opposed to listen to is smaller than I would like it over the past years. And this is something I've been working on since the summer to try to increase the number of books that I read. There's a few things that I've been doing towards that. I can say like paper is not the answer. But what I think paper does do is it's the isolation of the thing. You have a physical book. This is the only thing in your hand. It's not going to be bad. It's not going to distract you with something else. It's not even that you're sitting there and you have the option of doing something else. It's that isolation. And so I do think it is quite reasonable to get paper books if you want to try to read more books. I'm glad that that's working for you. But I have to say I felt totally repulsed by the physicalness of this book. There you go. That aside, the information did communicate to your brain nonetheless. That's true. I was able to read it. That is entirely true. What if you thought of what you've read? Okay. So you sold me on this book with two interesting stories that I do want to talk about. But for the most part, reading through this book, I feel like I need to be high while I'm reading this book. I think just sitting down and reading this book, each of these one, two page little stories, I wrote down my summary of the first seven or so that I read. And each of them, here are the summaries. It's, whoa, dude. What if we're like bacteria living on a giant creature that doesn't know we exist? Whoa, dude. And if we're just background characters in somebody else's dream. Whoa, dude. What if heaven is really boring? Whoa, dude. What if our creators are really dumb? You sold me on some great ideas, but man, I have never read anything that I feel like I need to be high and a sophomore in college. And I will love this book. Like if you're listening to my voice right now and you are a sophomore in college and you are high, you should get this book. By hit immediately, you will love it. I mean, in a genuine way. Like I think the book can be fun. But most of these little stories I found uninteresting. Anything sounds stupid, by the way, when you say, whoa, dude, in front of it. Like what was Rogue One? Like, whoa, dude. What if the plans to the Death Star were stolen by like a girl who was the daughter of the guy who designed the Death Star? Whoa. Like I can make anything that sounds stupid by talking like a stoner. Say. No, I totally understand, right? But I am conveying with the world, dude, the tone that it felt like some of these stories were written. They're all supposed to blow your mind a little bit because the idea is each story makes you look at things in a different way. And some of them, I can't remember them. It's so long ago since I read. But most of them, I was like, oh, I really want to tell someone about that idea. The book reminds me of like, true, when you're younger and you sit around thinking, imagine this is an idea and you don't have to like pursue the idea much further. And that's what this book is. It's like, imagine if the afterlife was like this. But the thing about them is a lot of them make me look at my life differently. You know, it's not like life changing or like getting things done or something. It's like, oh, yeah. I never thought about things that way. And I don't know. It didn't change my life. I'd forgotten most of the stories. But reading a couple of them again today, I had the same feeling. It excited me. And it's very easy to get through because it's so short. It's like digestible. It's like intellectual bubble gum. I would say I think they're a little bit too short because I do think that they can't quite follow entirely through on some of their interesting premises. That's what it is. It's a book of interesting premises. Yeah. That is totally fair. That is totally fair. But that said, so I'm like a third of the way through the book. It's such a fast read because it only took me about a half an hour to get a third of the way through. It's not even like, oh, this one is an interesting. I don't like it. You know, you're not like investing a whole bunch of time. Of the ones I did read. I did think that they were two that were interesting. The first one, which I think does hit that bullet point of making you think about your own life a little bit differently. The first one is actually the very first one in the book, which is called some. Yeah. So the one that gave the book its name as well. Yeah. Yes. And the premise of this one is that in the afterlife, you live your whole life again, but you are living all of the similar experiences in order. So you spend 18 months waiting in line, right? Two years staring out of bus window. You spend a third of your life just asleep all at once. Oh, the pain as well. All your pain is concentrated into like eight or nine hours of just incredible pain and breaking your arm and all that stuff. But then after that, there's no pain at all. Like everything is just concentrated together. Yeah. But the personal one that I like the best, I think, related most to Hello Internet is three days calculating restaurant tips, which would be a particular kind of hell. I like that as a premise because you see these lists of how much time do you spend in your life doing various activities. But I think it hits home under this framing of what if you had to live your whole life again, but you're living all of these moments, all these similar moments together that makes it a much more visceral and interesting thing to think about. What does your like look like? You spend two days tying your shoelaces, three days, calculating restaurant tips like you said, 51 days deciding what to wear. Nine days pretending you know what is being talked about two weeks counting money, things like that. Yeah. I like that. I think it's an interesting way and like it just makes you think for a moment a little bit differently about how you are living your life. It's interesting though, because the end of the story, I think sort of like it's only a page and a half long, but at the end, it sort of says something along the lines of this experience makes you really appreciate how your lives are broken up into pieces and all shuffled around. You don't have to do all these things together and the variety and the change. But that's not what I took from the story. I didn't take from the story and appreciation for that. I took from a gosh, you know, am I spending that much time doing things that I shouldn't be doing? If I'm spending eight days staring into a refrigerator, like I need to spend less time staring into refrigerators and spending all this time. I'd hate to have to spend all the time I spend faffing around with designing websites or doing some animation and that. If that was all concentrated into like, you know, two and a half years of sitting there animating text on videos, I'd be like, should I really be spending that much of my life? Like when I come to the end, am I going to be glad I spent nine years animating videos? I don't know. It sounds like it's throwing your whole life into doubt, really. Well, that's what this book does, like loads of them. And then you read the next one. I forget the one that came before, but like after it's story, I'd put the book down and go, whoa, dude. I know that turned to my wife or something. It's like, oh man, imagine this, like, and then it's like, oh, I'm going to read another one. I think it's really good. I really like it. What's the other one you liked? Yeah, I mean, just to be clear, I'm going to finish the book. I'm going to keep reading through it because it's so short. And they're all so easy. Like for me personally, the hit rate was quite low of the ones that I was reading, which ones do I like and which ones do I not like? I can't remember what my hit rate was. I thought it was better than 50% for me. But here's the thing. Making it short, huge advantage. Yeah. And so it's like, oh, if there's an interesting idea, there's a thing that I'll think about for a while. And if it's one that I find uninteresting, I can just move right on past it. Yeah. But the one that I like the best so far is one called metamorphosis. I think this is a really interesting idea. The premise of this afterlife is that when people die, they don't immediately go to the real afterlife. They have to sit around in a lobby waiting. And what they're waiting for is for the last person on earth who remembers them to also die. Yeah. And when they are no longer remembered on earth, they are allowed to leave this lobby and move on to the next unspecified phase of what the afterlife is. And this is a perfect example of like, I find that a really interesting premise. Because it brings up this notion of how interesting it is that some people are remembered such an incredibly long time. And you can imagine that there are people who are remembered now who may well be remembered for as long as the human species exists in any form. And then on the flip side, there are of course people who are forgotten essentially as soon as they're dead, right? People who are known by almost nobody in the world. And I like that this premise sort of reverses that. Like the humans who are of great acclaim or are noteworthy on earth have to spend this intermitable amount of time in purgatory begging, crying, waiting to be forgotten. Whereas the nobody's get to just pass right on through the lobby and move on to the next phase immediately. Just to clarify that further though, it's not just like sort of remembered by people who knew you, it could just be spoken of in this short story. For example, there's like there's some nobody old farmer who was unlucky to drown in a river, which then became like a famous place. And like two of Guards go there all the time until the story of the farmer that drowned in the river. So even though he died hundreds and hundreds of years ago and he was quite an obscure farmer, he's forever stuck in this purgatory. Because his story is being told forever and ever. And it's always been changed as well. In many ways, the story doesn't represent who he is or what he was. But because of it, he's still stuck in this terrible place. Yeah, there's a line that's related to that which I really quite liked where it's like, and that's the curse of this lobby. We live in the heads of those who remember us and we lose control of our lives and become who they think we are. Yeah. It's a great little line, even just in a very small way being a person on the internet who says things like you just become so aware of how the version of you that is in other people's heads has almost nothing to do with the real you. Oh, yeah. It's very funny to see people arguing about what you think and writing a thing that's like, I don't agree with that at all, right? But you just laying it out there like this is a thing that I agree with. And I think it's also just an interesting thing to think about. People throughout history, obviously they just become ideas that are totally unrelated to the actual person. When you think about Abraham Lincoln, the idea of what you think Lincoln is in your head, probably the real Abraham Lincoln would find almost entirely unrelated to his experience of his actual life. Yeah. And the book talks about this purgatory waiting room place having like, saints and people in the who are revered and the saints are there who actually were really complicated people who had really complicated lives and they're just being remembered in a different way. It sounds like an epic story again. It was only like a page or two, wasn't it? Yeah, it's literally two pages. The thing that I found really bittersweet and interesting about it as well was the idea that in many cases, the moment you're summoned away and taken away is when some family member dies back on earth and they arrive in like this waiting room as you leave. So you never get to see them because it's the tragedy that you don't get to spend time with them because the minute they die, that's the last person who remembers you, you're off through the door and they walk in the other door a few seconds later and people they're observing at sort of remark on the tragedy of that like, ah, you didn't get to see his grandson because the grandson was the last person who remembered him. So of course, the question that there's begs Brady, how long do you think we would have to spend in that lobby? Hmm. How long do you think the Hello Internet podcast will be remembered in human history? I mean, I don't think very long and the same with the YouTube videos. I mean, there's just so much content in the world now that I think everything's just going to get buried. The danger is that some researcher in 300 years is going through some archive of something and stumbles over your name, which is around the place if any internetiness survives and they might go, well, CGP Grey, why is someone on this website talking about someone called CGP Grey? I must look who he is. And if that's hundreds of years ahead for some reason, that sticks you in the wedding room for a pretty unlucky reason. So I guess because we're a bit splattered around the place online, there is a risk that we could come up in a few hundred years on some random search, but I don't think we're going to be like particularly remembered or talked about. Hmm. So it depends on that. That would be our problem. I guess we'll find out we're hanging out in that lobby. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Just to emphasize again, this book is not suggesting this is what the afterlife is like. It's just a whole bunch of thoughts, like, you know, interesting made up stories. Yeah. There's just a bunch of thought experiments. Yeah. So they're conversation starters. I'd have a look. Just two of them. We could talk about this for hours. I love it. Well, this is as far as I have gotten, but I just wanted to thank you on the podcast for giving me this gift of a physically inconvenient book, but I will meander my way through the rest of it eventually and may perhaps we'll talk about some of them in the future. All right. Well, we spoiled two of them, but I don't really think this is a spoiler type book. So it doesn't really matter. Yeah. I would categorize this as not spoilers. Yeah. They're just ideas. Yeah. Yeah. The idea is the whole thing. Exactly. And this, and telling a few of the stories is actually how you sell the book to people. Yeah. You told me about the lobby one. And that was I was like, Oh, okay. I give me a copy of this. And I was just as happy to read the lobby one when I actually got to it. And the premise is in the first sentence of all of them. Yeah. Do you want me to tell you the one that was sold to me by a friend of both of us, actually, called Jake. Mm-hmm. And he sold it to me with a different story. He sold it to me with one. I don't know if you've got to this one yet. That basically, there are these like beings. I'm going to make up these numbers because I read the story so long ago. There's like these 2,000 mile tall beings and their job over thousands and thousands of years, which is this incredibly important high stakes job is to hold the fabric of the universe together. Like this is really labor intensive, mentally intensive job, keeping the universe held together in the depths of space or some crap like that. But they get a holiday. They get a vacation from every, you know, 500 years or 1000 years. And that holiday is to spend 80 years on earth as a human. So what we are is just the vacation of these beings that have this incredible job. And we think like our lives are really important and we stress about all these things. And for them, just coming and having our little concerns of our life and worrying about taxes and our jobs and going to the beach and having families is like the ultimate luxury to them. It's like just this flippant little fun holiday they get to go on before they have to go back to their serious job of holding the universe together. So we're just vacationing mega aliens. I love it. I love it. I have a bit of a visceral reaction to that one because I have known people who believe something sort of similar to that. No, okay. Yeah. I mean, it's silly. Yeah, silly. If you follow that one, do it's logical conclusion. It ends in anger. I mean, it's written just to be fun. It's not. But I like the idea that our lives are important because we think our lives are so important. Of course, our lives are unimportant. Your life is important, right? But I don't think my life is important. 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So I did something a bit silly last night. What did you do last night, Brady? You know what I did because I told you I was going to do it because I felt like it was something I couldn't do with that telling you I was doing it. You've been very silly lately, Brady. I've been silly. I invited listeners to the podcast using various outlets such as Twitter and a Patreon and emails and stuff to write Limerix, hello internet themed Limerix and send them to me for us to muse over and perhaps even award if they were creative enough. This is such a you project, Brady. Everything about this is you. I expected to get 50 or 100 maybe if we were lucky. We got lots. We got lots. Yeah, you don't look at the back end of the podcast. I don't think you realize how big this podcast is and if you ask for Hello Internet Limerix, you're going to get a lot of them. He did get a lot of them. I assume everyone knows what a Limerix is, but that is a false assumption, isn't it? Because not everyone knows what a Limerix is. Well, or do you think everyone does know what a Limerix is? I feel on the spot because like a Limerix is like a rhyming poem. Yeah, it's a poem of a very set style and to me there's a very set way of reading it. When you read about the rules of a Limerix, there is a little bit of latitude and certainly the ones we got sent used to some of that latitude. It has to be five lines and it has this AABBA rhyming pattern. So to give you an example, in my email I sent out to people inviting them to submit, I even wrote my own Limerix. I wrote the invitation as a Limerix. Would you like to hear it? Let's hear it really. I can't believe we do this stuff. Whether you're home or you're out for a drink, I hope that you can take pause and think because if you have time, you'll send me a rhyme and win vinyl by using this link. Suggesting that people might win a vine or record if they're the winner. Do you like that one? I like that you do this kind of stuff, really. I like that you opened yourself up to sorting through however many Limerix you got. You said we received a bunch of Limerix, but like a vinyl, like with many other hell-witch neck projects, I was not really involved. You were the unspoken hero of this. So I like that you do these things, Brady. Let me give you one more Limerix example, which is a bit of a favorite. You know, Professor Pollock, I thought I mentioned before, he's a chemist, too. I spend lots of time with, so his favorite Limerix. And a bit like a dad or a grandpa who tells you the same joke over and over again. I've heard him say this Limerix many, many times because it's his favorite. And it's about the insecticide chemical DDT. Okay. Because of course that's what chemists say Limerix about. Right. Let me see if I can say it because it's not easy. A mosquito was heard to complain that a chemist had poisoned his brain. The cause of his sorrow was parodicloro. Don't die for your nail, try chloro, Ethan. That is a chemistry Limerick. I mean, I will grant that. Martin says it better. There you go. So lots and lots of people sent Limerix. Lots. Okay. And they were a mixed batch, as you would expect. But I would like appreciate everyone who did it. Some people like went all out. Some people like sent like 10. Some people sent more than 10. And each Limerick followed on the one before and it was like a narrative, like a whole story told in Limerix. It's like you're getting the ill-eared in the Odyssey. Yeah. Some people wrote Limerix about our regular sponsors, which I found interesting. There was one guy called Chris. And I think Chris must have fallen out of his seat when he saw the alerts about this because this was his moment because he emailed me straight away and he said, Hi Brady, I started writing Limerix about each episode of the podcast about a year ago. He goes on to say though, I stopped after about 13 of them when I realized some of them were crap. I hope he means his Limerix and not the podcast, but anyway, he's not entirely clear which were crap, but I think he means his Limerix. But a couple of them were good. I'm sorry. So he sent all those Limerix. So for me, there's good news and bad news about that for Chris. The good news is that he didn't miss the short window of opportunity to send me the Lyrics because there was only like a 24 hour opportunity. And if he missed this window, he would have been devastated. The bad news is I don't think any of his Limerix made my short list. Sorry Chris. I couldn't be wrong about that. I'm not sure. But one of my favorite experiences of this was when I showed you the web page I'd written that explained the rules and how people could submit. I said, I what do you think about this? And your reply was, and I'll read it verbatim. You wrote, I can't think of any problems with that, but I'm sure the internet will find them. And I did find out what the problem was. Because when I wrote the description of what I wanted people to do, I gave them the email address. And I said in the rules, I said, put Limerix in the subject field. And I wrote Limerix in uppercase, put Limerix in the subject field. For obvious reasons. Yeah. Yeah. What do you think happened? I don't know. If it seems so straightforward to me, I'm trying to think how would this get messed up? At least two people, I think more, thought that meant they should write the entire Limerix in the subject field. Ah. They sent people sent out Limerix in the subject field of the email, which was quite an interesting interpretation of the instruction. But I completely understand why they did it. Completely understandable. Totally understandable. They're just following your instructions. Exactly. So it makes me realize how hard it is to write instructions. Yeah, we went through that with the voting process. I tried to think really hard about how this could be messed up. How will people stuff it up? So I've come up with a short list, which isn't particularly short of the ones that I think are probably the best I've seen so far. I thought maybe we should share some of them. All right. So we're going to go read through some Limerix now. Yeah. What's your Limeric reading skills like? Well, I didn't really realize what a Limerix was until we're just recording right now. I didn't realize there was a specific rhyming pattern that we had to do. Yeah. Okay. I will try to remember that and we will see how this goes. Apologies to people for us reading them, not the way you intended, but that's just part of poetry, isn't it? And it sounds like it could be a disaster of greatest and I know how Limeric goes, but we'll see. I'm sure I can pull this off. No, I can pull this off. Well, I'll go first. I'll read one first. You ready? The once was a caveman named Brady who said, Maryland's flag drives me crazy. I think it's okay, said the robot called Gray. It's so bad that it might just amaze me. I like it. That's cute. That's nice, isn't it? Maryland flag. Yeah. I'll send you your ones. So hang on. Let me send you the first one for you to read. All right. Here we go. Okay. The once was a doctor called Brady. This one was a man, not a lady. He may be the cleverest to have visited Everest, though Gray finds that claim rather shady. We're on red. I like that one. I believe I just claimed that you visited Everest on this very podcast. I don't find that claim shady at all. No, but it's shady that I'm the cleverest to visit Everest. Oh, okay. I think that's what they may. I don't know who knows. Okay. Here we go. Hello internet held an election for a flag worthy of our affection. We chose nailing gear, the loyal team's cheer. Flaggy flag rebels cry in surraction. I think the problem with limb rex is my brain is expecting something naughty when you say it. And I would traditionally, limb rex are a bit naughty and most of these aren't naughty. I did say in the rules that a little bit of naughtyness was allowed, but we have got a couple of naughty ones coming. Okay. But yeah, you're right. A bit of naughtyness is good. I cannot tell you how many limb rex I've read today. Right? It's ridiculous. I think it's going to explain. I don't know how many limb rex you've read either, but I feel like this is a crazy making thing to do. All right. Well, there's next one for you. Okay. On a quest for a great pseudonym, Dr. Harren went out on the limb, made of metal and wheels, his friend also feels the best listeners should all be called him. It's nice, isn't it? Pudonym and limb don't rhyme. I can't accept that. No, that one works for me. That works for me. No, that doesn't work. That works for me. I was pretty harsh on one to where I thought the rhyming wasn't up to scratch, but I thought that one was all right. Pudonym does not rhyme with limb. Disagree. Disagree. All right. Well, what do you think of this? There once was a robot called Gray and you might find it odd when I say though he loved automation, flags and education, he always led Brady astray. I never really need you to stray. No, you mean? No. That's slanderous. That limb work is slanderous. I have never led you astray, Brady. All right. Never. Not once, not ever. All right. Here's another one for you then. I don't know how you've been doing this all day because I've read two limb works and I feel like I'm already losing my mind. Okay. My day had been fairly mundane when H.I. started up in my brain. So I jumped to my feet, thought I must send a tweet at Brady Harren. I'm not on a plane. Oh my god. I love that. That is amazing. That is a good one. That is absolutely fantastic. Well done. Here we go. They may both have a passion for flagging and some free booting had their hearts sagging. But when they asked around, they surprisingly found that they're best known for the term humble bragging. It's not bad. It's not bad. It's not bad. I have a dig at us for our problems with humble bragging. Don't mind a bit of a dig. Here's one that might poo to you. Okay. Brady was brushing his teeth with a toothbrush with bristles of heath, a crack interrupted and splinters erupted and his mouth did resemble a wreath. I can't give that one a vote too. That's pretty good. I'm sorry I've been such a grump. To be honest, I feel like a chump. But I hope you can see that it's not you. It's me. I'm in love with the mighty black stump. The black stump was used in a lot of Olympics. People got really into the black stump. The stump rhyme with very many things. Hmm. You'd be surprised. And you'd be surprised how many people noticed the fact that Brady rhymes with both Shady and Lady. The lady one feels like a gimme, right? Brady and Lady, like that had to have been a prominent feature. Yeah. Here's another one for you. Okay. Brady takes this ridiculous show to places it never should go. From small pens to rice rats and cricketers, nice bats, Gray is always the last one to know. I feel like this limerick speaks to me, Brady. That's why it's on the one this future rate. Whoever wrote that, I genuinely feel like that limerick speaks to me. All right. This one's got an element of truth to it as well, you ready? I have a message for Gray. I want him to see what I say. But I know he won't read it. He'll simply delete it, but Brady might send it his way. Perfect. Perfect. All right. Here we go. This one's for you. Brady's biggest fan is a duck who finds himself bang out of luck. You're reading this Gray as Brady can't say the limerick ending with f***. There's a bit of naughty. I like it. I like it. You might like this one too then. Okay. Gray, we hope you will never be parted from your co-host and imp but kindhearted. And we know you don't like Brady touching his mic, but at least he has never yet farted. It goes along with your strict policy of not looking yourself on the podcast. Here's another topic that came up quite a lot. Hot stoppers are fun, don't you see? They're more than just plastic to me. A man quickly learns from his third degree burns. There's no fun to wait and A&E. Good, good. I like it. I like it like that one. All right. Here we go. Free booted contents for jerks. It sucks to steal people's hard work. It bums YouTubers each day like Brady and Gray and Henry and Michael and Dirk. Okay, I got to give bonus points for cleverness for rhyming Dirk. Yeah, it's very good. All right. Here we go. Bit meta this one. With all these limericks, I feel like if I can get past the first two lines, it's fine. It's hard to read them, isn't it? It's hard to read, limericks. It is surprisingly hard to read these. It is really interesting. There once was an Adelaide man who came up with the nautious plan through the protests of Gray, limericks are Ray and then with his concept he ran. Another one that does feel like my experience because you messaged me about this stuff. You mentioned this to me ahead of time. I should say I am very slow at ever responding to messages of any kind from everyone. Yes. I always feel like by the time I even respond to your messages about limericks, you've already gotten a page written. You're already moving forward with this plan. So I do definitely feel like you're always half running with these things before I even wake up and see that there's a message and go, oh, Brady's got an idea. Let me chip in up with my thoughts on this. It's like, nope, it's already done. Action now permission item. Exactly. What do you do? No, that's a forgiveness. There once was a fellow named Tim who downloaded H.I. on a whim as he sat on his flight. He received quite a fright playing Crash Cotta was mentioning him. That's right. All right. Here we go. I could get this one wrong. This is going to take some concentration. Okay. This is a bit concept art. So I thought we got to have it. We've got to have a few different ones in there. Zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero. Zero, zero, zero, zero, one. Zero, zero, zero, one. But Gray, what does that mean? My mind is not a machine. Zero, zero, one, one, one, one, one, one, one. It's a little too meta for me. Yeah. It's a little too clever for its own good that one. It has meaning. It would have been better if the numbers rhymed. But I liked that they were trying to be different. People can read that one later and figure out what the things mean because the numbers do actually mean something. Oh, I would be disappointed if they didn't. This is a nice one for you. I'm going to be okay. Sadly, I'm filled with regret that my needs just haven't been met. I'm a tactical shopper who wants a hot stopper. So now I get coffee from pretz. I feel like that one has a really nice flow. That's very nice. Yeah. Very smooth, very smooth. Over an endless horizon of plain flies, it's been diverted to Dallas Gray Christ. An airport so boring, gray's already snoring, dreaming of Brady as he closes his eyes. I never dream of Brady. No, no. And if you did, you wouldn't tell me because you don't not talk in about dreams. That's true. But I think I have literally never dreamed of you once. So you say, does that make you sad? No. I don't dream about modern people. I always dream about things from my childhood. It does not surprise me at all for some reason. Okay. For a linguist, I tend to bumble. Over English, I often tumble. But despite the nice term, even I can confirm, you'll never advance the Bragg humble. Yeah. Taking a bit of a dig there, a bit of a dig. That's all right. That's allowed. And it is true that Bragg humble has gone nowhere Brady. You're good at the word creation, but that was terrible. Do you know what? Something happened the other day that was a really good example of a Bragg humble. I wish I'd written it down now. I wish I could remember whatever convoluted thing even meant by the Bragg humble. I don't even remember anymore. We'll come back to it because I heard a good Bragg humble the other day. I don't even remember what it was. Well, there once was a teacher called Gray who decided to quit one day. He packed up his chalk and he took a short walk to his auto, which drove him away. Two things on that. I wish I had used chalk as a teacher and I wish I had an auto. I believe the second part, not the first part. What do you mean? I never had chalk. Yeah, but I don't believe you wish you did either. No, I always like chalk. All right. And university all the time when I was doing physics problems. I would have thought you wouldn't like like the dusty dirtiness of it. It is dusty and it is dirty and it is a pain in the butt in many ways. But I think there's something nice about working through problems with chalk as opposed to with markers. I mathematician swear by it. They'll use nothing else. Yeah. So you believe me? All right. Now this one starts with a butt because it's part of one of those ones where someone has written a big narrative and I've just extracted one of the, uh, Limericks from this greater story. Okay. But within that strange microwave lay, a twist set to ruin his day. His plans were defeated, the brew superheated and made quite the gray hands sort of a. That has a very much like the name before Christmas feel to it. I don't quite know why. Okay, Bree, I am wondering. Yeah. You've been doing this all day and I am wondering if you have lost your mind slightly because how many of these things do you have? I nearly done with the shortlist and how do you possibly expect us to select a winner? But maybe we'll find out about that later. You can talk about that in a minute because I've got no idea. Here's another one for any would be ballot stuffer referendum by postcard is tougher. But a quick offline poll spiraled out of control and for this postal workers did suffer. I like that. I'm not so sure she suffered. Really she seemed totally indifferent to our internet poll that we were running. Yeah, but that was just one worker. They were like postal workers all around the world that were having to transport these postcards for us. We made no one suffer. All right. The county flags of Liberia were so bad they gave me Listeria. I had my last meal, red guns, germs and steel and died from plain crash hysteria. Oh man, I really like that one but I feel like it falls down at the last rhyme. But Listeria doesn't quite work for me. Hysteria at Liberia, that's pretty good. I didn't read it that well to be fair, but anyway. Now, you won't get the end of this one, but the cricket fans will say this is my little nod for someone being clever. Oh, okay. Is one for the cricket fans? Yeah. Brady surprised Gray with a ticket to see a test match of cricket. But when he tried to explain the rules of the game, he was dismissed leg before wicket. Yeah, he means nothing to me. It means nothing to you. And he's a final one. 4,209 is the number of videos you'll find that gray needs to release by the end of next week to only be slightly behind. I like that. That's not bad. I like that one. That's pretty good. Yeah. That's pretty good. That's just a few. Well, we were sent. We'll give a few prizes out to ones that are the best. I don't know how to really decide that. Have you got any ideas? I have no ideas. And I really do feel like just reading through whatever it was, 10 lemurks, I feel like it has warped my brain somehow. I totally understand. I was going crazy earlier. Yeah, but this is what I mean. I don't know how you have made it through today, but holy cow reading through them. It's harder than you think it's going to be. And there's something about the rhythm which just stirs your brain into craziness. It's very, it's weird. I think I really only read 10, but holy cow, I could not imagine reading all of them at once. Well, we'll go back through them and you and I can have a talk about how to pick winners and get some prizes out to people. But everyone who sent one, we really appreciate it. And I'll try and find a way to share more of them. I don't know if I'll share all of them. We'll see. I've copied and pasted most of them. So I have got them on a document. I have to say though, I really like his Limerick format. And I feel like the guy who wrote in before Chris, who was doing a Limerick for each show. I love the idea of there being a Limerick for each show. It feels like this is the opposite of when people leave a first comment. And they're like, oh, I saw a video. Like, let me just leave some low quality comments immediately within seconds of it going up. Right? No, no, let me craft a piece of poetry about this. Literally crafting a poem to describe the episode that you have just listened to for episodes of Hello Internet. That feels like the anti first comment in the Reddit. I swear to God, that's what I want to see. Like I want to see episodes every time someone's written a Limerick. It is totally the anti first comment is writing a poem about our podcast to help cement forever the legacy of the Hello Internet podcast so that we never leave that lobby. I mean, if I was going to have an official poem of Hello Internet, it definitely would be the Limerick over say the high coup, which I think is super pretentious. The Limerick is funnier than the high coup. Yeah. High coups full of itself. Someone did send a high coup thinking that I'd been a smart ally. I didn't put them on the list. Were they weren't following the rules? Exactly. No high coups, people. Limericks. Yeah. Limericks, Limericks as we wrote it. Would you have the Limerick as the official poem of Hello Internet? I am not interested in expanding the official things of this podcast. I will not grant these things. Unificial official? Look, you do what you need to do. If you're asking for my blessing that the Limerick is the official form of poetry of The Hello Internet podcast, I am not granting that. No. We ever grant official status to anything ever again. We'll have to find out. We'll have to find out, Brady. I've got that Ace to Burn in front of me. Look on at me. I've got to take it off my screen. I've literally been doing this whole conversation with a full screen of Easter Bunnies in front of me the whole time. I don't know. I'm hypnotized. I'm hypnotized by all these Easter Bunnies that are just staring at me. That second one you sent was horrifying. They're all kind of horrifying.

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