Heroes

This Man Gives Advice To His 15-Year-Old Self. The Kid Should Listen.

Wow, Stephen Fry has an incredible brain. And he generously shares his thoughts from it, including all the secrets of life he's learned through watching American reality TV shows, Facebook, and "pretentious" conversations with his friends.

  



[0:53] — What he loves about Facebook and Twitter.
[2:07] — Why having a bunch of goals is stupid.
[3:02] — First secret revealed! The secret to preferring work over fun. 
[4:20] — The secret to being unsuccessful — revealed! 
[6:53] — How to win friends and influence people.
[8:47] — Secret to starting the best restaurant ever.
[9:10] — Why Netflix should stop sending you what you order.
[9:38] — Ever wanted to know the secret to travelling? Watch here!
[10:42] — How leaving your country is the only way to know it. 
[12:26] — Want to learn to play the guitar? Here you go. 
[13:03] — Secret to education reform unveiled.
[15:30] — This is what would he would tell his 15-year-old self.
[15:58] — Here's the secret to power.
[18:20] — Secret to authority.
[20:58] — Always wanted to know how to make a heap of something but were too afraid to ask?  
[23:01] — Secret of politicians revealed (spoiler alert: they're stupid).
[27:13] — Comic Book Guy reference!!
[28:48] — The miracle of our decreasing levels of privacy.
[30:25] — Internet trolls dissected, destroyed.
[31:07] — Whew! Finally, the secret to life. Took him long enough.




















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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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