Bill Gates did his fifth Reddit AMA on Mondayand it was surprisingly revealing, assuming you care much about how the Microsoft cofounder feels about hot dogs.
To promote the AMA, Gates tweeted an SNL-style David S. Pumpkins skit of himself.
“My idea for a David Pumpkins sequel at Saturday Night Live didn’t make the cut last Christmas, but I thought it deserved a second chance,” Gates said on Reddit.
The AMA itself is full of some great answers by Gates on technology, philanthropy and universal basic incomebut he also found time to talk about sandwiches and jumping over chairs. We found the best responses for you.
Parenting advice from your friendly neighborhood billionaire
A Redditor and soon-to-be father asked Gates for advice on parenting, and he didn’t really have much to say.
“Melinda is very creative about helping me find chances to spend time with the kids,” he wrote. “Even just driving them to school is a great time to talk to them.”
On his favorite kind of sandwich
Someone asked Gates his favorite kind of sandwich, and he said “Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger,” which… sure.
Is a hot dog a sandwich?
Another fan asked Gates if a hot dog is a sandwich.
“If you don’t have a bun, then it absolutely is not,” he said. “If you slice the hot dog and put in on a normal piece of bread then it is. When you use a hot dog bun, then it is ambiguous.”
When a Redditor said “I love you”
When Reddit user badoo123 professed his love for Gates, the billionaire snubbed him with a cold and heartless “Thanks!”
On his favorite vacation spots
We have to admit, we were a bit disappointed with this one. Gates was asked about his favorite vacation spots. For a billionaire, Gates’ choices weren’t particularly exclusive, but we can appreciate his great explanation for us mortals about how seasons work on opposite hemispheres.
“It is summer there when it is winter here,” he said while describing his fondness for visiting Australia.
And finally, on jumping over an office chair
This one requires a bit of backstory. In a 1994 interview with Connie Chung, Gates was asked, “Is it true that you can leap over a chair from a standing position?”
He said “depends on the size of the chair,” and went on to demonstrate:
In the years since, Gates has been asked many times whether he can still do it, and was asked again in this AMA.
Sadly, the answer is no. “Perhaps a small chair” he said, “a stool.”