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Good morning, John. I have some good news. Some bad news, but some good news. There’s this number that people use as part of, uh, our understanding of public health in the world. Kind of a surrogate for the overall health of a population, though not a great one. It’s called life expectancy. Very simply, it is the average age at which a person in our country will die. That number has gone up a lot in the last 200 years for people but interestingly, it’s also gone up for you… person watching. And it goes up for you every day. And probably not for the reason you’re thinking. So the life expectancy of the average dude in the U.S. is 76. But for me, it’s 78. That’s nice! I got an extra couple of years on the average dude. Look at me! How did I do that? Well, here’s a statistic that might sound a little more surprising at first but will help you figure out why. The average person will die at 76, but the average 76 year old will die at 86. And the average 86 year old , they will die at 91. So I was hanging out with Thomas Franker earlier today of college info geek, he’s 26 years old. His life expectancy is 77 years old. Mine is 78. What is up with that is that he has to live for like 11 more years before he gets to my age. Very sadly, some people will die, not very many, but some, between the ages of 26 and 37. I, on the other hand, because I am 37, will never have died between the ages of 26 and 37. I just can’t do it. So every hour you live, your life expectancy goes up. The number of hours you have left to live goes down but not at one hour per hour. Every hour that passes – this makes my brain hurt – you are closer to death, but you are less than one hour closer to death. And that’s a small comfort. I had this dumb idea, when I was younger, that since the life expectancy of a person in America is 78, that once you got to 78 you could just die at any time. Like a stiff wind blows and you’re just like “I’m out” But it is not until You are 114 that you have A better than average chance of dying in the next 365 days. WHAT? Now to be fair, there are many years before that when you have A better than average chance of dying in the next thousand days Which is why most people don’t get To 114. But by and large, statistically Everyone can expect to have at least a year When you turn 114 though, you have a more than 50% chance of Hitting 115, that’s the statistics Another thing worth noting is that life expectancy takes a snapshot of This very moment with the death rates for Every person at every age. It is actually not a measure of when You will die, because that death rate Will change over time, and everyone knows that. And mostly We hope, barring some kind of catastrophic solar flare induced apocalypse Death rates will continue to go down. Like the life expectancy for a 25 year old In 1960 was about 70 years old, but it turned out That that 25 year old, or the population of 25 year olds Ended up dying significantly after the age of 70, so yeah, that thing Which doesn’t actually have to do with life expectancy the statistic Makes your life longer And nobody has to die, so that John, is a plus I guess if you weren’t getting enough death talk on Dear Hank and John Here it is on Vlogbrothers. Speaking of, three things, the first one This animation that somebody made of a Dear Hank and John segment where we talk bizarre pizza deliveries Which I liked. Second, Patreon made a really great video About our production studio Here in Missoula, and I’d like to share that as well It’s just fantastic. And lastly, I know this took a little bit of time, but we finally have all of the Grant recipients for the Project for Awesome, and have sent all of their Cheques off. We sent a lot of them earlier, but we have sent the last ones Not all perks have been sent, but most of them have I’ve been working really hard on mine, and I’m sorry. And number four I’m going to VidCon next week, AHHHHH! There’s still tickets avaliable if you want to come check it out And John, I think that I will see you next in the real world In Los Angeles, before I see you next on the computer screen So looking forward to that

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