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Welcome to Ear Biscuits.

I'm Rhett.

And I'm Link.

This week at the round table of dim lighting,

we ask what's it like inside NASA.


And we should know.

Because we've been inside NASA.

Houston we have a problem.

We've let Rhett and Link inside.

Yeah, you know the saying Houston we have a problem?

Well it's because if you're in space and you have a problem

you tell Houston, and that's where we were,

in Houston at the Space Center there.

The Johnson Space Center.


They graciously invited us and gave us a tour.

I learned some stuff.


I feel like the wheels are really turning for you.

So I really wanna know what came of that

cause we never discussed it,

cause we had to do a show that night.


So we'll dedicate this episode

to unpacking NASA's secrets.

The secrets that they're willing to disclose

to anyone from the public who comes inside.

But we are fresh off of a little mini tour,

we were in Houston for our comedy show.

And we went to, shout out to Houston,

New Orleans, Birmingham, Jacksonville, and Tampa.

We had some fun on all those stages.

All those stages. All those stages.

It's like a stage five rocket.

Yeah, and you know what, we're not done

with the fun while we're talking about that.

Okay, yeah.

We've actually got, again,

this is just, we're not planning on touring much

in the near future after this,

take a pretty good break from that.

So this is the last chance to see this particular show

for a good while.

Yeah, just this fall of 2019,

just go to,

but to wet your appetite, first of all we've got a week

of special, well I'm just gonna call it a special thing


The Bleak Creek Conversations.

Bleak Creek Conversations where around the launch

of the novel, we're planning a very, very special

evening in Boston, New York, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth,

two shows in Winston Salem, North Carolina

and then back here in Los Angeles,

and that goes from October 27th through November 1st,

November 3rd, I'm sorry.

And then we're doing more of our musical comedy show

in Albuquerque, Phoenix, Sacramento,

and Valley Center, California November 20th through 23rd.

So go to to get tickets.

But um,

we did have some fun.

We didn't bring the kids this time.

Briton was still there.

Yeah he was, he's a kid, he's 19.

Yeah, well.

Technically he isn't.

Oh and let me, I do wanna clarify

cause I wanna say it, every time we talk about

the Bleak Creek Conversations that you a copy

of the novel when you get that ticket.

So think about that.

It's a deal.

As you're considering coming out to that.

And we're showing a documentary that we shot

back home in Buies Creek, North Carolina over the summer.

So, it's gonna be an intimate, one of a kind evening.

And then for these shows, I mean,

I really think we're stretching our legs.

Like, we had some crazy moments with fans.

I wanna give a shout out to you guys for being

so supportive and letting us talk about

whatever we wanna talk about.

We don't even know what's gonna happen.

We're talking about like soil eating fish.

You remember soil eating fish?

That was one night.


We talked extensively about that.

Another night we talked,

and I can't even explain it, you had to be there.

Well that's the thing is that the,

each show ends up being different,

we have some things that we say before songs

that we always say, but even that changes up.

But we use the energy and the vibe

of that particular location.

And sometimes it's just in a weird place.

We channel the voodoo of New Orleans.

We saw some voodoo dolls.

We gotta tell this story that we told from stage.

We were in this place cause you and Briton

are into all this type of stuff,

and it turns out voodoo dolls are supposed to be nice,

mostly used for positive purposes.

Well voodoo as a whole, voodoo as a whole, which,

okay, I'm probably gonna get some things wrong,

so lemme give that disclaimer.

You're not an expert.

I'm not an expert.

You shouldn't be.

But I've been to the voodoo museum in New Orleans

and that has given me enough of an authority

to say that voodoo is like a meeting of,

you know, predominantly African ancestral religions

meet some elements of Western religion like Catholicism,

and kind of, so sort of a hybrid sort of comes out

and that's what you ended up having in New Orleans,

in the New Orleans area.

But I think that culturally

we tend to be kind of fascinated with

what we see as like the subversive,

maybe we would say evil side of voodoo

cause it's like witchcraft and spells

and sacrificing chickens and stuff like that.

Poking pins in a doll so that you can hurt somebody.

But in reality, most of that stuff,

the intention of it is all good.

Like you said, to bring good to someone, but yeah,

sometimes you might want to bring some bad to somebody.

But I'll tell you what you can't do is

you can't roll into one of these voodoo shops

and take a picture of the voodoo dolls.

They won't let you do that.

So we're walking around,

it says no photos, no photos.

And I heard a girl come up to Rhett,

and it turned out to be two girls,

and I was a little further away but I did

hear the entire conversation.

And, but do you wanna tell it since she said it to you?

Yeah, well, for those of you who haven't

been to New Orleans before,

it doesn't matter what time of the year it is,

a lot of times there are just people.

Or time of day.

Everyone is walking around.

Yeah, cause this was like one o'clock.

Everyone is walking around with large beverage containers

of different sizes and shapes, often very tall.

Like the one that this girl had was.

Big as her head.

36 inches tall.

This giant, plastic.

She had a 36 inch doll head.

Plastic cup full of alcohol.

Well who knows what.

A lot of times it's just--

Voodoo doll piss, who knows?

A slushie.

I mean, they got whole bars that behind the bar

instead of seeing taps it's just alcoholic slushies.

Yeah, for the children.

And, so she comes up and she's already a little bit

New Orleans-ed,

and she sees me and she says oh,

and then she sees Link kind of behind me

and she's like oh aren't you guys Thomas and Rhett?

And I joined the conversation at this point

in order to say--

Why yes.

Well yes we are.

Well, the interesting thing is we've gotten mistaken.

Thomas and Rhett.

We've been called lots of things.

Thomas Rhett is a country music performer,

if you do not know that.

So that's what makes this particularly funny

because she was getting in her mind the only

Rhett that she knew was Thomas Rhett

so aren't you Thomas and Rhett.

That's the best one we've ever gotten.

Yeah, and then she took a picture

and then the guy who worked there is like no pictures.

And we're like well she's taking a picture of us,

Thomas and Rhett, she's not taking a picture--

Don't you know who we are?

Of your voodoo dolls.

She certainly does.

They had a glass case with a paper mache head in it,

and then they had a news paper clipping

that's like this head had been found somewhere

but it was clearly paper mache.

Yeah, right.

I don't know if that was a recreation.

I think it's just all part of the act.

So we did that.

Oh and we ate.

This is also New Orleans, where we ate lunch,

I had a spiritual experience.

I mean, you wait in line, and then you order at the counter

and they're like frying chicken and frying fish and shrimp,

and chicken was the special,

everyone was getting like, it was like a meat and three

type of situation, you get your meat

and your three sides, three veggies.

But I think it was two.

It was meat and two, okay.

And, you know, I'm like, well I kind of want some shrimp,

I like a good fried shrimp at a place like this,

so I ordered that, but all you guys got the fried chicken.

It did look very good, but I didn't get it.

This place was called,

I wanted to say Margerie's but it wasn't,

it was Majoria's, with no R,

Majoria's Commerce Restaurant.

Lot of locals in there.

And when you're up there getting ready to order

it seems like chaos and no matter what we did

it seems like we were always doing the wrong thing.

Like you're not supposed to,

like she would yell at us like come over here.

Say, I got you, well have you ordered?

It's like well, no,

can you order, what do you want?

It was like the taking of the orders

like there was an aggressive.


Sort of stance.

And I was like, you know what, this feels right,

you know, if you're going into a place where you see,

I mean I saw a guy who looked like he was on meth,

I saw a good who looked like he could be the mayor

of New Orleans, they were both there eating at tables,

eating the same fried chicken.

What if the mayor of New Orleans is on meth?

Well let's assume not.


I'm just saying there was like a politician dude,

and you know, it was a melting pot of locals.

And then we just felt constant shame

for doing everything wrong.

I'm like this is how you should feel.

You know you're in the right place

when you feel like you're screwing it all up.

Well when Briton sat down after being through that line

he was like whoa, that was a very

stress inducing experience.


And it was, cause you just felt like an outsider.

But then it was replaced with the--

Pure joy.

Dining experience.

Shrimp were amazing.

They had these twice baked,

they called them twice baked potatoes,

but they scooped it out just like mashed potatoes

and put gravy on it still, it was amazing.


No skins.

There was no skins on the twice baked potatoes.

And corn!

And I'm going through this shrimp

like there's no tomorrow.

Loving it.

You guys are saying the chicken's amazing.

I look over and I see half a chicken leg uneaten

on Briton's plate and I'm like we're blood

you done with that chicken leg?

Are you gonna eat that?

He's like you can have it,

I took a bite of that chicken leg.

It's the best chicken.

I was transported to my nanny's Sunday after church

kitchen table where she would always fry up chicken.

She, oh man, I got goosebumps,

and then I started talking about how good this chicken was,

and I got my goosebumps, I got goosebump bumped,

and it just felt so good to eat that chicken.

It was the best.

I was eating Nanny's chicken again.

It was the best fried chicken.

Oh I've ever had.

I mean, I can safely say.

I've had a lot of fried chicken.

I haven't had friend chicken than that.

Maybe there's a time that I've forgotten

that I had as good of fried chicken,

but the ratio of crispiness on the outside

to juiciness on the inside,

and of course I'm a white meat man,

and a lot of people are turned off by white meat

because they think that it's dry

and they think that a breast is dry.


But I think that the breast is the perfect

piece of chicken because it's the most chicken

concentrated without any hindrance of bone.

It's just, you have a giant piece of muscle.

But you don't get as much of that crunchy

and that skin, I like that too.

You get a huge blanket of skin, man.

You gotta, you gotta ration that out.

The largest concentration of skin and meat

on the bird.

It's like the place that you're intended to take

a bite out of a bird.

If you were just to pick up a bird,

you would just take a bite out that area.

I'm a dark meat man, but, I mean, listen.

But hold on, but it was so juicy.

It didn't matter.

That it would turn a dark meat man into a white meat man.

Now I didn't even let you have any

cause I wasn't gonna give any up.

But Briton did, thank goodness,

and it was absolutely transformative.

I mean, it was transportative.

It transported me.

Cause my nanny's not able to fry chicken anymore

and she had, you know, there's something to the brineing,

like if it's really salty you're on to something.

You gotta get the brineing right.

The brineing does something with it.

Something with milk.

The juiciness though.

Did something with brine and milk or something.

But it's apparently irreplicable until this place Majoria's.

Highly recommend it if you're in New Orleans.

Oh yeah, it was just, it was good, I mean.

Now I will say, cause speaking of food,

we were doing the Chow Down in Your Town thing

that we do before each show where we take

the two things that are recommended to us on Twitter

and we pit them against each other.

And, I can't even remember what the New Orleans'

recommendations were, that's how.

It was gu--

Oh it was gumbo. Gumbo.

And gumbo and beignets.

And it was beignets Cafe du Monde,

which is the place to get beignets,

but they had been in the bag for 45 minutes

by the time they got to us

and you really need to eat those fresh.

They still won.

We thought the gumbo was,

should have been jambalaya

and we were trying to figure out why it wasn't red.

But it was a pot of gravy.

We were just super ignorant about what jambalaya is

versus gumbo, and gumbo, because of the rue,

is supposed to be brown.

But I just don't, I mean it wasn't bad,

I ate an entire, like, you know, cup of it.

You eating an entirety of something says nothing about it.

Right, that's what I'm saying,

it was edible, but it wasn't like

I have to tell someone about this

so they will also eat it,

which is what I would do with the fried chicken.

I don't lick the plate unless it's lickable.

You lick the plate because.

I'm hungry.

I'm always hungry.

It's edible.

I'm hungry right now and I just ate.

And then we went to an escape room.

You know it's like--

In Tampa.

Am I wrong to say that escape rooms are

not like a hot bed of coolness.

It's like you just don't think you'd like--

But what is a hot bed of coolness?

Like. Give me an example.

Like a rock and roll bar, like out back in the ally,

like if you're walking in the back ally

and you see like, I don't know, you see,

somebody from Motley Crew back there.

Maybe in movies.

Escape rooms are kind of like, I don't know.

For nerds, is that what you're saying?

Yeah, it's kind of, well, and then it's,

it's like you've got this grand idea,

we're gonna put people in a room,

they're gonna solve these problems

but it's gonna be immersive

and you're gonna forget where you are

and it's gonna be like Disney Land.

But you never quite forget that you're in a strip mall.


It's hard.

In an old converted office building.

Yeah, it's hard to make the set dressing

work that well in what used to be a dental office.

Right, but we had a great time.

No, escaping a dental office,

hey, maybe that's a win, win,

maybe that's what we should do.

Just, acquire a dental office and just lock it.

Put some clues in there, you gotta pull some teeth

to get some keys.

I could get with that.

The one in Tampa was, it was pretty fun though,

it was like, it was zombie apocalypse,

and I'm like I don't wanna do this if there's like

people dressed as zombies, I just,

I'm not, I don't wanna have to have

that type of interaction.

But as soon as you went in the place

you kind of knew there wasn't gonna be

anybody dressed as anything.

It's just gonna be some faint sound effects

of zombies outside, and we are inside tasked with

developing the, unlocking the antidote

for the zombie apocalypse.

Pretty cool actually, we had a lot of fun.

Yeah we did.

We didn't get in, we didn't fight too much.

And we got out.

You and I didn't fight any,

I think Briton and I fought.

Which I think is, that's the great,

I think that's the dynamic when Briton's there

it's like is that what happens?

Like, you know, I start to get grumpy

after a couple of days on the road.


And I'm like, I think he's there to,

he's there to absorb that.

He absorbs your grumpiness?

I direct it towards him sometimes.

Do you observe my?


His absorption?

Yeah, I mean I actually think that

he changes the dynamic of us spending that much time

together on the road.


Because I think that, we talked about this

on this past trip, which apparently I lost my voice

on the trip because.

Do you need to hack something up?

Yeah, I've got like a--

Do you want me to cut the throat of your voodoo doll,

give you a little tracheotomy?

I've got like a constant production of phlegm,

that's just like, it hasn't been happening until right now.

Well it started happening with me yesterday

and I think it's a return to Los Angeles.

There's something in the air here.

The pollution?

Yeah, something, I'm serious.

Well I know there's a lot of pollution.

My nose started running a little bit more.

My throat felt a little congested.

Well I guess I'm gonna be struggling

with it the whole time.

We should move to Arizona.

I don't even know what I was gonna say.

Oh, he changes the dynamic,

because when we spend a lot of time together on the road,

first of all, our work responsibilities back here

don't go away, now we've got a great team

and there's not a whole lot on a day to day basis

that we have to worry about anymore

form the company's standpoint.

But there's still a lot of things,

and then Jenna is there, she's getting a lot of emails,

she's handling a lot of things,

asking us a lot of questions.

We made the observation that we don't get a lot done

other than touring even though the act of

getting ready for the show, you know signing the posters

for the meet and greet and then meeting some,

you know, meeting some of the Mythical Society people,

or anybody else that might be in that town

that we've arranged to meet,

and then you do the show,

and then you've got the meet and greet after.

I mean that's all the work, work that we do.

But it's pretty emotionally draining.

And so if you're gonna do something else

you want it to be like something that can kind of

be engaging like going and eating fried chicken, or,

going to an escape room. Going to an escape room.

We did get out by the way.

Yeah, which apparently only 35% of people

who go into this escape room get out and I gotta say--

That's what she told us to make us

feel good about getting out.

Do you think they're lying about the escape percentage?

That makes absolutely, there's no,

I can think of zero reason why they would lie about that.

I just think people, if people don't escape

aren't they angry.

I've been to an escape room before

and not gotten out?

And aren't they still in there?

When the time's up they just let you out

and say you're a failure?

Yeah, escape rooms.

You didn't escape from an escape room?

I've only escaped from escape rooms.

Would not be fun for people for people who like

escape rooms if people who were coming to

an escape room for the first time always get out.

That seems pretty straight forward to me.

Because. Yeah, yeah.

And we had very motivated, we were all very motivated,

and we all worked well together.

And then Briton and his friends

had been to an escape room like the day before

so they were kind of primed.

There's only so many different ways you can hide a key

in a box, you know what I'm saying?

They had some pretty cool ones.

It was very cool, but,

or it wasn't cool cause you don't think it can be cool.

It's not cool.

It's like magic without a magician,

is kind of what it feels like.

It feels like you're doing all the magic,

but it's just puzzles.

That's an interesting perspective.

I don't know, it feels like it's in the same genre.

Even though there's no magic involved.

You think people who like magic

also like escape rooms?

Yeah, big overlap there.

That makes sense to me.

I can't exactly explain why, but I agree with it.

But we got out, so we are in the top 35 of all people.

Top 35%. Top 35 people.

We're the top 35 people on the planet

cause we escaped from an escape room in Tampa, Florida.

Yeah we're in the top 35% of people who have escaped

a very particular escape room in Tampa.

And I gotta be honest with you, nothing against Tampa,

or nothing against any place in the world,

but when I found out that 35% of people

had made it out of this escape room in Tampa

I was like I'm gonna feel pretty bad about myself

if I don't qualify in the top 35%.


I mean that's just kind of pride,

that's how much pride I have.

And I was like especially with the team that we've got here.

I feel like this is gonna happen,

we don't have any strangers,

no randos, sometimes you get randos in your group.

That's bad.

I had a drunk rando.

The only time I've never gotten out of,

I didn't get out of escape room,

is because there was a very distracting drunk rando

in the room with us.

Hated that guy.

At a certain point, I remember you told me,

you just kind of have to turn to him and say dude.

He couldn't take any-- Sit in a corner.

He could take no direction.

Sit in a corner man. He was such a distraction.

Sit in a corner and make sure you're not

sitting on anything like a key, a lock, or a clue.


So we went to NASA.

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We seem tired.

Right now?

Yeah, I mean, I am tired.

I'm sleepy.

Because we went on tour.

I feel like I'm not giving my best work.

This podcast sucks, is that what you're saying?

Well, I mean, no, I wanna lean into this

because I think this is just.

Let's go tired-er.

Part of an Ear Biscuit is an authentic like hey,

we're checking in in one sense, having an conversation.

Let's be real.

In the current state.

I mean I'm in this state where I've got phlegm

that is being produced and changing the character

of my voice, and then I have to do that

and then get it back to normal.

I just don't think people wanna know that

if we had a choice we wouldn't be doing this right now.

You are putting words in my mouth.

I'm not saying I don't wanna do this.

No, I'm just being honest.

What I'm saying is that.

Do you wanna do this right now?

I definitely wanna do it,

I wanna lean into it.

The whole point of what I'm saying is that I wanna do it.

It's a privilege to do this.

It's unusual for us to go on tour

and then to come back, like we were gone,

we were gone over the weekend,

and then even though we typically try to get back,

and then the day we get back we have like a day off

because we're trying to like replicate the weekend,

we couldn't do that yesterday because we had to

get on the phone with a guy who was reading our Audible book

and kind of go through and answer some questions.

Which was fun.

It was fun.

But then--

But I'm struggling man.

Kind of continued on with the day,

and now we got up today and we started with like

very businessy, corporate stuff right from the beginning

and then we had to go do an interview,

and people came here to do the interview

that was also for the Audible thing,

and then we step right into here

after about a 10 minute lunch.

So that's where you're catching us right now.

But you're not complaining, you're just saying.

No I'm just saying that like,

typically we would have had a chance,

like we haven't talked about the fact that we went to NASA.

No we haven't.

So now we're gong to talk about the fact

that we went to NASA and what that did for us.

I mean I don't have any agenda here.

You said--

Moon landing. You said that I've got

a lot of thoughts, but. Can be real.

The moon landing doesn't have to be fake.

That's not what we're getting at.

We did accept, we were humbled to accept the offer

to go to Johnson Space Center,

and so we pull up there, of course there's a gate,

you know, they have security, you just don't wanna roll

in there and start kicking over rockets, you know?

You gotta be with the right people.

They give tours like via a tram, cause I saw that.


Oh we got walked around.

And, John Water came up and filmed it for us

and some of this is gonna make it into a video piece

on LTAT at at later date.

We ate some astronaut food,

and that's the main point of that video that we shot there.

So that was really cool,

but we should probably talk about some

of the other aspects of it.

Well, I had no idea what to expect,

and the first thing that we went in was

called the vehicle, it was like the space vehicle

mock up center or something like that.

Big old room and all of the sudden it's like,

like multi-wheeled vehicle, look, I mean

that didn't look like the Mars rover,

just all different types of things

that they were building.

Like they had this thing that had six wheels,

but then it had a torso and the head and arms.

I think it had four wheels.

Of a, like a person.

I called it the redneck centaur because

it was an ATV on the bottom and a man up top.

Now I think that they, there's a competition series

where people build different things.

Like students.

In order to foster, yeah, students,

to foster innovation.

And I think we were looking at some of those things.

But the main thing that I was thinking,

this room is absolutely massive,

it's probably longer than a football field,

and maybe as wide,

has this giant couple of cranes that can move up and down

almost like you're at a ship yard, you know,

to be able to pick up these giant pieces of equipment.

And it has everything from a full scale,

kind of a replica of the International Space Station

with the different modules kind of connected together.

And then it has all those prototypes,

prototype vehicles that Link was talking about,

the competition vehicles that can do things

like throw a basketball through a hoop and stuff

that the students, engineering students have done.

Throw a rock through the moon.

And then it has like part of the shuttle,

like the practice part of the shuttle,

so the cockpit of the shuttle.

Let's talk about this.

Okay, so, it's literally the space shuttle cockpit

that they built to put the astronauts into train.

But you don't need the whole shuttle,

you just need the front of it.

And so we climb up in that thing,

of course, the space shuttle is not,

they don't use that,

they don't use the space shuttle anymore.

The things that they're doing now,

they're sending,

there's two different types of missions,

they're sending people to Mars,

and then they're sending people to the moon.

And the people that they're sending to,

which one is like, almost,

they call it commercial travel, right?

Yeah, I gotta be honest with you,

I didn't understand exactly what they were talking about

every time they said that.

They're just gonna start sending people.

People who want to go can just get on the thing?

Is that what you're talking about?

Like what Richard Branson was talking about?


Maybe we should've asked some more questions.

We'll talk about it.

But the space shuttle,

they don't use that anymore.

The space shuttle is obsolete,

but they've still go the front of the cockpit in there,

and so we climbed up in this thing,

I mean we got to sit on the toilet,

it's got a suction leaver.

Yeah it sucks the poop right out of you.


It sends it in the right direction.

Once you get the poop out it sucks it down, so.

If you just poop in the open air in space, I mean,

there's no gravity.

News flash.

So it sucks the poop and the pee.

Which I'm thinking about getting one of those installed

in my house because better be safe than sorry.

I mean a flush kind of does the same thing on Earth,

just saying.

And then we crawled into the cockpit,

two seats up there, and here's the thing man,

back when they first built this stuff and used it,

apparently everything needed its own dedicated button,

like we live in a world now when it's like

you got the little screen and then everything that

you wanna do is all within the screen, you know?

It's like, but then it was just buttons, levers,

knobs, and if it were really important

that you have to lift something up

in order to then push the button.

But every single square inch of real estate

inside of this cockpit just buttons.

Well I think one of the things that I was struck with.

So overwhelming.

Is, and this is a combination of seeing the inside

of what they would actually have to fly,

seeing the cockpit,

meeting a couple of astronauts,

you know, we met Matthew who we did the tasting with,

and then we met the retired astronaut and his wife

who their grandkids are big Mythical Beasts.

I was just struck with how much they have to know.

Well yeah, first of all you gotta know what

every button does and you gotta know where it is.

I guess you start to associate like,

the physical location of the thing,

and like after a while, and that's why they have

this thing there so you can train and like second nature

you just know where to go for these buttons.

Well, and they have contact, I mean,

theoretically you can lose contact,

but you do have contact with the ground, with Houston.

So you're gonna get, they're monitoring things

and getting feedback,

and they're gonna be able to like tell you

what you need to do, and maybe tell you

what button to press, but, you know,

when we talked to Matthew he was like coming off of his,

basically finishing his training to become an astronaut,

and he was like going into his geology class.

Yeah, because you have to, when you go up there,

there so few people are up there

and you have to know so much more because

you just can't send a specialist for everything,

you can't send a doctor just to have a doctor,

you know, it's not like Star Fleet Command.

They do send doctors, but they're doctors

who are also astronauts who have been trained

in all these other ways.

But, he said not usually they don't send doctors

because you gotta have this breadth of knowledge

that goes beyond that.

Well I guess what I'm saying is

if you were a doctor or you had a medical background,

you would then have to have all the other same training

to be able to physically do what astronauts do.


And to mentally do what astronauts do.

And I asked him--

Yeah cause he's, like you said, he had taken,

he had just finished a two week course in geology

and you ask him what else he had studied.

Well he was like, you know, I've got dental care,

I can extract a tooth.

I was like did you pull somebody's tooth for training.

He was like no.

I was like well dude you didn't go all the way.

You gotta pull your own tooth.

Right now.

But here's the thing that kind of stuck me as crazy.

Is that there's 13 astronauts in the current class,

and so I asked him how many people applied

for those 13 positions, he said 18,000.


So if you think about the selection process.

Pretty elite.

Like when you meet somebody who's and NBA player,

I don't know what the percentages are

of like the number of people who want to be in

the NBA and the number of people who are,

but it's an elite thing,

but it's somebody who's really good at basketball.

Which is impressive in and of itself.

But it's still basketball, I mean like,

there's no indications that they're gonna be good

at everything else.

But an astronaut has gotten, you know,

they have gone through this evaluation

to test their physical capabilities,

their mental capabilities, their emotional stability,

they have psych evals because you're gonna go up

and you're gonna be in this confined space

and you can't go nuts.

You can't be difficult, you can't be hard to get along with.

You can't not play well with others.

You have to be the kind of person

who can be a leader but also can be a follower.

Here's a fact, high school senior players

eventually drafted by an NBA team,

about three in 10,000, or .03% chance,

but again, that's again still talking about somebody

who's in basketball.

This is someone who has been through this incredibly

stringent application process

who is like the best human, the best humans

we can come up with to send away from Earth.

We're sending the best of them away.

Well I would say the most well rounded technically.

You don't think they're the best?

Best is kind of a catch all term,

it's a little too generic.

Okay, well I consider them the best.

The best of the best.

He said that anybody can apply, it's a government position,

you just go to the website

But how many people who go through that process,

I would say the vast majority of the people

who go through the process of application

probably have some reason to think that they're qualified.

But that got me to thinking about, you've got these people.

More and more people are gonna be going,

and the qualifications are gonna be coming down.

I think that, well.

Commercial travel.

I don't agree with that

because they said that there were gonna be

maybe like 40 different people in space

in the next X number of years,

and so there was gonna be more astronauts,

but I don't think when you take the top 13,

if you expanded the top 13 out to the top 50,

I think the drop off from number 13 to number

50 in a group that small is not gonna be that measurable.

I think a certain top percentage of these people are gonna

be the most incredible people that Earth has to offer.

Now here's what I was thinking, and this gets into

ethics and other things, but like, shouldn't those people,

shouldn't those people be the ones who are

doing the sperm donation?

Oh I thought you were gonna say run for president.

Doing the sperm donation.

What are you referring to?

What are you talking about?

Shouldn't they be the ones to do the sperm donation.

For everyone?

Like only their seed or eggs I might add.

Right, shouldn't we be trying to.

Right, shouldn't we be trying to.

Create a master race of astronauts, that's horrible.

I know, I don't wanna get into that kind of,

maybe I've stepped in it by accident, I'm just saying.

One small step for Rhett, one dumb ass leap for sperm.

One giant leap for sperm.

I just think that the sperm at the sperm banks

could be a lot better if we were making astronauts

just add to it, they don't have to go in,

it doesn't have to be all astronaut sperm,

because you don't want everybody to look like

the few number of people who are astronauts.


I think you should be able to get your hands

on some astronaut sperm, if you need it, if you want it,

if that's what you want.

I guess what I'm saying is is I think astronauts

should be required to have a certain number of samples

to the sperm banks.

Cause like if you're gonna go through this trouble,

and first of all you have to donate sperm before you go up

because once you go up your DNA is all compromised

because of solar radiation and stuff.

Yeah seriously, your DNA changes.

Your telomeres shrink or something.

Yeah, she said it had to do with like the physical

lack of pressure and weightlessness.

First of all your head swells, we were told about that.

Yeah, well not only that.

Your face swells up.

Your nasal passages become completely

blocked when you're in space.

You don't have a sense of smell, fart it up, who cares.

So one of the reasons, and again,

we're probably gonna retread some of this

when we show this video, but, on LTAT,

but one of the reasons that a lot of the food

that the astronauts want is spicy,

like they like wasabi and hot sauce and that kind of thing

is because they can't taste anything

because they can't smell anything.

You taste with just your mouth,

which is highly underrated.

So I was like, this sounds absolutely miserable,

and that was when Matthew said well the thing

that you don't wanna get is you don't wanna get a cold

in space because when you have a cold on Earth

gravity is working to drain your clogged nasal passages

and you're swallowing it or coughing it up or whatever,

but gravity is constantly moving it out.

When you don't have gravity it can actually

become a serious situation when you've got a cold

and you're producing all this extra fluid and mucus

and it's just staying in your head.

And they don't give them like any sort of like

you couldn't just give them nasal spray

indefinitely because the effect,

the head swelling effect is so large

that you can't really counteract it with drugs longterm,

so he said that's one of the main reasons why

astronauts have an isolation period

before they go up because if you put a group of people

in an isolated place and you don't let it

be contaminated with the cold virus, or a virus in general

for a certain amount of time,

as long as you keep that group of people isolated

they cannot become sick.

It seems so obvious to me.

Cannot become sick at all?

If you take four people,

cause they wanna send four people to the moon by 2024.

Yeah, I didn't realize that's what he was saying.

Yeah, and you put--

I refused to believe that because, yeah.

You put them in a room and you say

we're gonna make sure that none of you have a cold,

we're gonna get you tested,

and then we're gonna isolate you

and you're gonna have no contact with,

like you can talk to your wife behind like a glass.

Yeah, you'll be in an aquarium.

Then when we walk you out to get into the Lunar Module,

we're gonna isolate you the whole time

so that you cannot get sick.

Now it is conceivable that sometime in the process

of like putting on the suit, or somebody involved

in the process ends up transmitting the virus to you,

but the plan is is that people who are on space missions

don't have any viruses that can cause

them to get sick.

Or bacteria, I guess.

And there's quite a protocol to this

because you gotta, you know,

the International Space Station,

which, we meet a guy, I wish I could remember his name,

he even gave us a business card

and then his grandkids came to the show.

Yeah, great guy.

Was it Bill?

Let's say Bill.

Oh man, I wish I could remember.

That's a good astronaut name.

I have his business card. Short.

In my suitcase at home, but he spent 190 days

In my suitcase at home, but he spent 190 days

on the International Space Station

with one other Russian dude.


And they trained for years together to be up there.

And I was like so did you like each other?

And he was like we were good buddies

cause we trained so much together,

you know, I guess they hit it off,

and they keep in touch and they'll like still get together

every year, there's like this space explorers academy

and convention.

Well, and you have to have orbited the Earth 100 times

to qualify for it.


So if you've orbited the Earth 99 times

you're not invited to this convention.

You can be out from like at an info counter.

Send me up one more time, I want the buffet.

But the funny thing about--

He can work at the buffet, they let him in.

So we were talking to his wife and his daughter,

and his wife said he would call me every single day

because apparently there is a phone in the

International Space Station that can call any landline

or any line on Earth at any time.

And he was up there in 2006, 2007.

Yeah, and he said that it would be like.

He would call her every single day.

Every single night when he was about to go to bed.

Yeah, when he was about to go to bed,

but he was on, they operate on Greenwich Mean Time.

So it was like three in the afternoon

whenever he would wanna start talking.

Which, that was interesting.

These little things that I learned

that I never thought about.

Astronauts who are in orbit operate on Greenwich Mean Time,

and why wouldn't they, right?

You gotta pick something because your position,

day and night means nothing when you're up there

cause you're going around,

I don't know how many times you go around.

I would think they would pick Houston time

if they're talking to Houston the whole time,

but they don't.

No, and so he would call her and it would be

the middle of the afternoon and she said literally

every time he called he would say whatcha doing?

And she would say I'm at work.

I'm doing the same thing that I'm doing every day

that you call me.

And I'm in the middle of it.

And then he would say well can I tell you about my day?

Poor guy, he only had this other Russian dude to talk to.

Yeah he needed to talk to somebody.

And then he, he said that he'd call his daughter

and she'd be like well I'm going to class dad.

And then she said that she literally did the

you're breaking up dad thing where it was like

trying to get him off the phone,

she literally did that to him.


Poor guy up in space just.

Well poor guy up in space, I mean.

The International Space Station travels

in orbit around Earth at a speed

of roughly 17,150 miles per hour.

That's about five miles per second,

this means that the space station orbits Earth

once every 92 minutes.

So it doesn't take long.

An hour and a half you see a sunrise.

To go 100.

I mean when he was up there 190 days,

and he's been in space 225 days total,

and you get patches, it's kind of like

Cub Scouts, like the Boy Scouts.

Their patch game is on fleek.

We got some patches.

Well he has 100 day patch,

but he did not have, I was like where's the 200 day patch,

he's like they don't have it.

Even though he's been up there 225,

and he did 190 days in sequence.

But you're saying?


If you're very selective about quarantining,

you could colonize Mars or put, set a base,

they're building a base on the moon,

that's one of the things they wanna do

as basically a staging area to get to Mars

and other places.

So you can have everyone working on the

International Space Station or this staging station

on the moon or on Mars in the future

and just eradicate disease.

Now will that, of course it'll find, disease finds a way.

But you're quarantined and then you're wearing

that orange suit, and you're going out to the thing,

and I think at that point you're donating

your sperm or your eggs.

They donate the sperm right before you take off

cause you need to get your mind clear anyway.

You know?

I don't know how relaxing it is to donate an egg.

That's true.

I think it's a lot more fun to donate sperm

than it is to donate eggs.

Yep, probably is.

Significantly easier.

You know what, we need to work on that.

And there's a whole lot more too.

We can work on that.

You do all that work and you get one egg,

you get like five billion sperm, we got it easy.

We got it too easy. Yeah we got it easy man.

But we also have, it's easier for us to use

the bathroom, we can stand, but not in space.

It's the great equalizer.

Everybody sits.

Everybody sits in space.

Last night, I gotta diverge a second, cause,

Lincoln comes in here in the living room and he's like

I wasn't the one who used the bathroom

all over the floor.

Somebody sprayed all over the floor,

Briton, Lando, dad, which one of you guys

splattered all over the floor?

I think it's Briton or Lando.

Thank you.

And if I had to narrow it down to one

I would say it was Briton.

We all looked at him and then he said

I haven't used the bathroom since I've gotten back.

I was like it's been four hours.

You've been back four hours homie, you're lying.

No, I went in the bathroom and we put in this,

we put in black tile on the ground.

Here's a hot tip, don't put black, like,

matte finished tile in a boys bathroom

because you can see, with the way the lighting is.

You can see all the splatter all the time.

Splatter everywhere.

It's like looking at a crime scene where the serial

killer used only urine.


I think there was a serial killer,

they called him the Pee Pee Man.

Pee Pee Killer.

The Pee Pee Sprayer.

Lincolns like, first of all I was proud of him

that he was outraged about it.

Even though I still feel like maybe he did it.

They called him the Golden Shower Killer.

Not the Golden State.

With the Golden State, what was that guy's name?

Golden State, Chris Moane, Chris Mullens?

I was trying to come up with a pun and I can't do it.

I feel like the phlegm is construction,

is constricting my ability to make puns.


Obstructing, I can't even come up with the right words.

You are not astronaut material.

So, I ended up making Lando clean it up with a rag.

But I'm just saying, hot tip, no black floors

in a boys room.

And I was like guys, I'm just telling you,

you just need to sit down to pee like the astronauts

and me because you never know, it's very unpredictable,

it's a lot of distance between.

John Wayne Spraycy.

There it is, you got it.

I knew I'd find it somewhere.

Okay, you found it.

That was pretty good.

John Wayne Spraycy.

Okay, so back to astronauts.

So we think that they should be donating sperm,

not to build a master race,

just to supplement sperm banks,

just to make people a little bit smarter.

I just don't think they're big on personality.

I'm not saying that I didn't like him,

I didn't like the astronauts that I met.

Well they're not very reactive.

Yeah they're very, they're so even keeled.

You can't be reactive, you have to be

a non-reactionary person.

I just don't think that makes for a fun space situation.

It's like when everybody's unflappable.

You don't want, you're saying you want it

to be like Bachelor in Paradise up there?

You don't want that.

You keep bringing it back to like spreading seed and stuff

I'm just trying to make it about fun.

First of all, this is a clear indication--

You don't have to have sex to have fun.

This is a clear indication that you thought

that my reference to Bachelor in Paradise

had to do with sex.


Jacob and Kiko clearly knew I just meant

putting emotionally unstable people

together in a small space.


That's why they both left.

Because reality television is about putting

emotionally unstable people together in a confined space

and that doesn't have to be like a confined

physical space, but it's just like confining them

in some way, like you can only talk to these people.

So if you put those kind of people together

in the International Space Station.

Jacob says with alcohol.

With alcohol, right.

The whole space station would just somehow

end up getting burned up in the atmosphere.

It just wouldn't, it couldn't succeed.

Now, but if we could all watch it on television

every Monday and Tuesday night on ABC,

we would think it was worth it.

But yeah, you start colonizing places,

you start to realize you think with,

it's just not a fun, it's not a fun colony,

I'm just like, it can't be.

You can bring the fun people later.

At what point?

But you can't have fun people do the initial colonization.

At what point do I, fun guy, get invited?

I don't know if you ever get invited.

I never get invited cause I'm too tall for the space craft.

6'4" is the limit.

Yeah, you're too tall.

So I'll never go, I'll never go.

I can do maybe the antigravity flight

or something like that, but I can't, well maybe the,

I might be able to take a commercial flight,

maybe they'll have some option at some point.

But another thing I wanna talk about that hit me

when we were, especially in the space

vehicle mock up center.

I was like, now I am not a conspiracy theorist,

I know I play one on Good Mythical Morning from time to time

but I cam not a conspiracy theorist in actuality,

and I do not believe that there's compelling reasons

to doubt that we have been to the moon.

But I would say is if I were a conspiracy theorist,

specifically one who doubted that the moon landing was real,

I do not believe that taking a tour of NASA

would make me feel better.

And here's what I would say,

going into the space vehicle mock up center

and seeing like the red neck centaur,

you're like what is happening here,

like I know that they're just experimenting with

different things, but even if, when you get inside

the Lunar Module, which we stuck our heads in,

basically the kind of contraption that's gonna go up there,

you're like this all seems so tenuous,

it just doesn't seem.

I know it's a bunch of engineering,

and it's all well thought out.

But it just seems like it could just,

and of course at times it has completely fallen apart.

There's so many things that could go wrong,

it just feels like I wouldn't have a whole lot of

confidence, it wasn't the type of environment

that I expected it to be.

Like, the fact that we were able to touch things,

even though it was stuff that wasn't gonna go in space,

this is the mock up center,

they don't let us touch the real stuff,

but I just got this sense that like

man if I thought this was fake and this was all

just to carry on a lie.

That's quite an investment.

I would probably still believe it having seen this.

The only way you could prove it to me

if I was a flat Earther, or if I didn't believe

in the moon landing, I'd have to go on the ride, you know?

Have to go up.

I think it's quite an investment to pull

the wool over the eyes of the public.

To what end?

Well yeah, that's why conspiracy theories,

for the most part, don't make sense,

because when fully analyzed, almost all conspiracy theories

carrying out the conspiracy theory

becomes more of a conspiracy

than the conspiracy theory itself.

And that's why most conspiracy theories,

logically fall apart.

But most people who want to believe conspiracy theories

cannot be swayed by logic or facts.

I think, the thing that I reacted to

was that a lot of it, especially the experimental stuff,

by design, was like hey, we're just gonna

see where this goes, you know?

This spirit of exploration, like,

trudging towards a big question mark,

and, you know, like investing in the unknown.

We're gonna build this thing,

we're gonna have all these college students

compete to build all this different type of stuff

because they'll probably come up with something

that's awesome that we'll need for something else

and you know, they talk about all the things,

you can look at the list of all the things

that we benefit from on Earth because they were

byproducts of all the innovation for space travel.

But it is infectious to be there

and to see that it's just,

we set, we looked up, and then we were like

let's check it out, let's bend our will,

and then, you know, you talk about people working together

like on the International Space Station,

you got like the whole Russian part,

you got, the Japanese built a whole rec center

for the freaking space station.

A gym, yeah, they had the gym module.

Yeah, it's a big one.

And you can, it's one of the only places that you

can send experiments out of the International Space Station

so it's not just for push ups and burpees.

You're saying you could do like?

They send experiments out.

There's like a special hatch.

You can do the elliptical outside of the Space Station?

Well, yeah, like on the Jetsons,

where it's like you got that elliptical out there.


Walk the dog on it.

But, that spirit of exploration is infectious

and it was, I don't know,

it made me feel good about all the stuff we try

and we don't know why we're doing it.

You know?


In our own little way, it was like a kinship.

And I know that people say that a lot,

they're like why worry about this

when you've got, you know, you've got people

on Earth who are not even getting properly,

you know, getting proper nutrition.

Well first of all I don't think that it's

a net zero situation, so I don't think that,

it's not a zero sum game.

So if you invest in space travel,

it's necessarily means someone's not getting a meal,

but I completely agree with you that

we should be trying things just to try them.

It's like why go, like,

some people are like why go to Mars, I mean,

we have, we're having trouble enough

keeping the inhabitable planet, you know, habitable.

Why are we gonna go someplace else that

we're gonna have to geoengineer this place

just in order to live there.

And I think it's because you gotta constantly

be moving forward and innovating,

you gotta be constantly be trying the things.

Sometimes people ask us that question,

and I'm not gonna make a,

I am gonna make an analogy.

And I do not think that what we do

in Mythical Entertainment is comparable

to what is happening in NASA,

even though they did have that red neck centaur,

which is the kind of thing we've totally done on the show.

We've gotten Paisley to build one of those.


But sometimes people are like,

what are you, like what are you trying to do,

what do you hope to do,

like why are you trying to keep growing this,

and to me, apart of it just--

The thrill of discovery.

Yeah, exploration, it's just like--

The thrill of expression, and discovery.

Why am I gonna throw this, you know,

sodium into the middle of a lake?

Well we're not gonna do that.

No, but there's like, you know,

there are like high school chemistry teachers

who will take like pure sodium and throw it into

the middle of a lake to watch it explode.

I mean you can't do that anymore,

but you could probably do it in the 80s.

Why do that?

Because it's like well,

it'd be cool to see that lake explode.

I'm just saying, sometimes you just, you start a process

just to see where it's gonna end.

I'm all in on space travel.

I'm all in.

You gonna go?

I ain't gonna go unless I have to.

Yeah, I'm all in into going to the moon, going to Mars,

and I don't think I have to have like a why

beyond just because let's see if we can do it as people,

let's see if we can do it as a civilization.

Yeah, well.

So if Rhett ever goes up,

we can credit that little tour we took.

He's gonna be gripping lovingly to a centaur rover

cause I'm not gonna be there.

I'm gonna be John Wayne Spacey.

The puns keep coming.

All right, I'm gonna look up my rec

cause I got it here in a,

let's see where is this.

Are you ready for my rec?


Rec baby, rec baby, one, two, three, four,

rec baby, rec baby, um,

all right, I'm gonna recommend the sleep headphones

Bluetooth 5.0 wireless eye mask.

Recently featured in the Rhett MC Instagram.

Yeah, our friend Jenny,

she knows I'm big into like sleep masks,

and she brought one, I had a party,

she brought one over, I was like you expect the party's

gonna be this bad?

You gonna be sleep masking it up in the corner?

She was like no, I wanted you to see this

because I knew you'd be into it.

Because, on the bus, maybe she heard me complaining

that I had a really good sleep mask,

but then I would put my ear buds in,

and if you sleep on your side, like,

it crams them into your ears,

and you're trying to listen to the deep sleep playlist.

This solves that problem.

The only thing it doesn't have is noise canceling,

and you have to jack up the volume all the way

when you're on a tour bus because it's like.

Cause it can't do the noise canceling

unless it has something in your ear canal, right?

That's the problem?

No, it's different technology too.

Well cause I felt those and there was no,

I couldn't tell you where the speaker were.

There's little speakers right over your ears,

but if you lay on your side it does feel like

you're just laying on plush headband.

And I mean, not a sponsor of course, it's only $20.

And it connects Bluetooth to your phone.

Is it highly rated?

775 reviews, 4.5 stars, yeah.

Oh that's very highly rated.

I just think, I don't, yeah,

I mean, it's not.

It's only $20?

And I use it on the plane.

Yeah it's only $20.

Yeah, you'd think it'd be more than that.

So yeah, that's my rec, man.

Again, Homder, H o m d e r.

Do you recommend wearing it with a hat and a bandana

on flights and looking like Darth Vader?

Yeah, the guy beside me who I did not know

had to have been into it.

I'm sure he loved it.

I've gotta say, I'm gonna continue taking pictures

of you while you fly.

Just know the mouth is open underneath the bandana.

Is it?

Definitely, right?


That's why I do that.

Cause I don't really care about the picture

but I just don't like the idea of--

Breathing in people's stuff without the filter.

Yeah, or looking, or putting stuff in my mouth.

Yeah, people have been known to do that.

People could do that.


But not now with my bandana.

I also recommend a bandana over your face.

So there you have it.

I am glad that we were here and that we did this.

Don't get me wrong, it's not that.

I, I perked up a little bit.

I wanted to take a nap, but so what?

Thanks for hanging out.

No naps needed.

Hopefully you didn't nap through this.


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