Backwards Hat-Wearing Grandpa Schools Fox News Reporter On Hurricane Irma

Here’s a little gem that Hurricane Irma has thrown us in the midst of its otherwise literal shitstorm: Fox News sent a reporter down to the beach in Florida to try and get some suitably fear-mongering vox pops, and accidentally interviewed the smartest person to ever appear on the network.

The reporter approaches a couple walking down a sandy path in the wind, and asks, “What do you think about the storm, the power, the ferocity and the risk to your own safety at this point?

And like a mature-age student who’s finally found a chance to talk about the field they’ve worked in for the last twenty years, our mate backwards-hat-at-65 lets rip with an extremely sensible and 100% plausible response – much to the chagrin of the bloke with the microphone:

Well at this point I am very relieved to discover that as we speak the eye of the storm is practically due south of us by 220 miles, because it’s crossing the 80th meridian which is 80 degrees west longitude.

So I’m not so worried because it’s so far away. And its bearing as of 8pm was not just westbound, it was 275 degrees. That’s only 1/15th above due west toward true north. So this thing is moving and has been moving in a very westerly direction and because it’s several hundred miles south, the risks are less and less. I’m not worried. I don’t think it’s going to get much worse than what we’ve seen right here.

The reporter’s response?

Alright, thanks.


It’s such a thrill to watch a live cross go so wrong for one party, and so right for another – and frankly, even if Professor Cool Guy was totally bullshitting, I am here for it, and so are plenty of cheering viewers.

Oh, and as it turns out: the bloke is a doctor. Of course he is.