Questions and Answers: Volume 13

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As I approached the bridge, the old bridgekeeper said to me, “Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these three questions, ere the other side he sees.”

“Ok”, I replied.

He said, “what is the name of your podcast?”

“Everything Everywhere Daily,” I replied.

Then he asked, “How long is the average episode?”

“About 10 or 12 minutes”, I answer

Finally, he asked, “What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?”

I told him the answer to that would have to be in the 13th installment of questions and answers on this episode of Everything Everywhere Daily. 

Jason Pinkus asks

How many episodes are there? As a daily listener, I love the series and enjoy the encore episodes as well, but I was curious how many new episodes exist. The episode today is 1242, which I think means you have done this for 1242 days.

Stephen Hultgren asks

Can you discuss why the magi brought gold, frankincense, and Myrrh…and DID they? Where did this story come from?

John Higham

It seems listeners’ reviews have ceased in the last few months. Is it just my imagination?

Chuck Ferraro 

I have not seen many comments about the completionist club lately. Has it gone out of style? Or is it just my Facebook feed?

Ajayi Samuel 

Hey Gary, which jobs do you see as the future, given the rise of AI potentially replacing many roles? 

Graham McIntosh 

Is Die Hard a Christmas Film? Yes or no?

Amy Elizabeth Morrison 

In your travels across America, I’m sure you’ve run into a few roadside attractions. Personally, I’ve been to the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, Missouri. That made me pull off the interstate. Do you explore roadside attractions as you come upon them? If so, what’s been your favorite? Is this an American thing or worldwide?

Jaxon Scovill 

You have talked about being in debate in the past, as well as having to listen at 2x speed. What is the fastest you can talk? I have been curious. A regular episode, for example, Going your fastest, how long would it be?


If smallpox escaped from the labs, how long would it take to become a pandemic, and how long would it take us to have vaccines rolled out around the world? Are we better prepared for this post-covid?


Are there any podcasting platforms you like better than others because it’s less of a hassle for you or better supported or so?


How many daily listeners do you get? Is this pretty consistent day to day, or does it vary a lot based on the topic? 


How long does it usually take you to do the research for each topic?


Have you ever thought of doing a more in-depth/deep dive on topics? Maybe as a weekly or monthly extra? Perhaps as an extra for Patreon or something? 

I have some sad news to pass along.

For those of you who have been listening to this podcast for a while, you probably recognize the name Thor Thomsen. Thor was one of the first Patreon supporters of the show at both the executive and associate producer levels, and as such, I read his name at the end of hundreds of episodes. 

In September, I received an email from Thor indicating he was going to step back from sponsoring the show for personal reasons but that he continued to be a regular listener.  He gave no reasons, but I certainly understood and thanked him for being the show’s biggest supporter.

I recently received an email from Thor’s wife, Kristen, that Thor passed away on October 21st.

In addition to being a husband and a father, Thor was a veteran of the Marine Corps and served in Operation Desert Storm in the early 90s.  Like all of us, he was a passionately curious person who enjoyed sharing what he learned with other people. 

I would like to extend my condolences to Thor’s family and once again reiterate my thanks for all the support that Thor provided to me and this podcast. 

If you would like to learn more about Thor Thomsen, I have placed a link to his obituary in the show notes.