Rhett Allain
Rhett Allain. Photo provided by Rhett Allain.

Rhett Allain (@rjallain) is a Physics faculty and blogger for WIRED. Technical consultant for MacGyver and MythBusters. I like to take things apart but can’t always put them back together.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

2 dogs: Bear and Kylo

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Space Cowboy

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?


10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?


11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Super speed

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Destin’s social media manipulation videos (Smarter Every Day on youtube).

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Build stuff

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Family, coffee, beer

15 What beverage gives you life?

coffee and beer and water

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Surely you must be joking Mr. Feynman

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

Something to do with science

18 What drives you and keeps you going?


19 What got you excited in science?

New stuff – big discoveries

20 What excites you about science now?

That black hole thing is really cool.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Seeing my name in TV credits.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Cave diving

23 What is your favorite game?

Soccer – watching, not playing

24 What is the last book you read?

How to reinvent everything: A survival guide for the stranded time traveler.

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Keep doing what you enjoy, become an expert at that.

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Walk on fire

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Don’t become attached to your hair – it’s not going to last and you won’t need it anyway.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?


29 What is the last thing you watched?

Something silly on Youtube

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Left over food

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

The Hobbit

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

May 4th (Star Wars Day)

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

Bananas produce 1 positron every 45 minutes.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?

running water from a creek

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m mostly happy.

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

Finishing my PhD

43 What kind of tree would you be?


44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

The weather is pretty nice. You can do outdoor stuff just about all year.

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I have a metal plate in my leg.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Chad Orzel (@orzelc)