John Oliver gives kids some pretty strange advice for the new school year

It’s almost time for kids to return to school, so John Oliver has taken a break from regular Last Week Tonight segments to share some much-needed advice on academic survival.

In this web exclusive, Oliver gives us the lowdown on the most important high-school classes. For example, the main thing you need to know about American history is that President Warren G. Harding named his penis Jerry.

Is this factoid ever likely to be mentioned on a test? No. But it’s infinitely more interesting than a lot of the things you will learn in history class.

Oliver’s literary advice is especially useful. Spoiler alert: Most novels were about the American Dream all along. 

Screengrab via Last Week Tonight/YouTube

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor