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In which Hank answers questions. Some are about his book, "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" which comes out September 25th and is available for pre-order now.

Some are about whether numbers are real or made up, some are about emojis and glories and Brocken spectres. Just, y'know, traipsing around at random!

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Good morning John, it's Friday. It's Question Tuesday? The day that we answer real questions from real nerdfighters? Why do you always get to do question videos just 'cause you do videos on Tuesdays? Not fair!

I went to Twitter, I got questions, here they are.

 Are numbers real or did we make them up? (0:11)


Uhh... I feel like we started out hard. Question videos are supposed to be easier. I... okay? Next question.

 What's the best book you've read lately? (0:23)


Yeah, I often don't like to promote books by dead people because there are so many great books being written by people who are working right now, but the actual answer to this question is Dawn by Octavia Butler. 

Part of the Xenogenesis trilogy and it is somewhat timely because it's being turned into a TV series by Ava DuVernay. And this is shockingly the first time an Octavia Butler work is being adapted for TV or movies ever. How did that happen?

Anyway, Dawn is very good and it gives enormous insight into what it is like to be a human and also what "human" means. Which is... yeah.


 How's book editing going?? (1:01)


You know, not great. Uh, it's been a busy week. I have a deadline that I may miss, but I'm working on it. It's a lot of stress in my life right now.


 What's our official emoji/emoji combination for your new book, Hank? (1:12)


Well, I don't know. So let's ask people to come up with stuff. So we'll come back to that at the end of the video. 

My book is called An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It's available through pre-order on September 25th. 


 How do I stay informed of current events without having them take over my life and stress me out? (1:27)


If you figure that one out, I think that all of us would really like to know your answer.


 What was the first thing you did after you finished writing your first book? (1:36)


I sat and watched a French guy play his accordion in the airport while his little French children ran around and were silly and thought about how a lot of weird things happen in my book, but also a lot of weird things happen in the real world. And then I got on a plane and I went home.

I think that was Po-I think I was going home from PodCon, which is interesting 'cause the next question is:


  What is this adorable rainbow I saw under the plane wing on the flight home from PodCon? (1:54)


That's called a glory and it's very similar to a rainbow in that it's an effect on the diffraction of light when it hits water droplet. But a glory happens with smaller droplets of water than a normal rainbow and you have to be between the sun and the cloud in order for you to see a glory, which means you don't usually see one when you're on the ground.

It can happen though and some glories were seen before planes happened. Mostly from people who were on the tops of mountains, which is really cool. 

And also, those people were often inside of the cloud so there was fog and so, in addition to the glory, you get what's called a Brocken specter, which is very cool and a super creepy thing that you're seeing right now. Right? Creepy!


 Can you sing your last text messages? (2:37)


Good morning to things! Today is Julie's birthday! And also will you be able to record Dadcast on Monday? 

Yes, I can record Dadcast on Monday and happy birthday, Julie!

Thanks, Mary Anne, for keeping my life in order.


 If you could wear any Elton John outfit, which one would it be? (2:54)


I don't know. We uh, I guess we have to go look at Elton John outfits now. How big is he? 5'8"! Um, feedback, no errors, just give general feedback. Uh, this is helpful. Thanks Google!

I mean, it said if I could, so if I could, I don't know. Elton John outfits... Um.. That one's real good. It looks like Beetlejuice but with a sparkly banana. I'm thinking it would real hard to see with this one.

My god, now I want to do an Elton John outfit review podcast. I definitely cannot compete with the chest hair. I play piano and also am a piano! Yeah, I think I'm going to go with sparkly banana Beetlejuice.

And also, that reminds me, it's time to look up our emoji sequence!


 Emoji Sequence (3:36)


Uh... Katherine says that she has one but it has spoilers, so that's the advantage of being Katherine. And also April May says robot - dark-haired white girl - Statue of Liberty - burrito. And, you know, I feel like she knows what she's talking about.

John, I'll see you on Tuesday.