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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to Eff Yeah Nerdfighters’ FAQ page! We’ve compiled our most frequently asked questions and provided the answers for you. Below is an index of all the questions listed; just click on the question you need the answer for and you’ll be directed right!

If you have a question for us that isn’t answered here, send us an ask or email and we’ll do our best to answer it.

FYNF-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

  1. Will you post a link about x and help promote me?
  2. Are you John and/or Hank?
  3. MAKE ME GIFS!!!
  4. Why didn’t you post my submission?!

“WHICH VIDEO” QUESTIONS

  1. In which video was DFTBA first used?
  2. In which video was the Nerdfighter salute created?
  3. Where did “french the llama” come from?
  4. What video is x quote from?

NERDFIGHTING-RELATED QUESTIONS

  1. How do you become a Nerdfighter?
  2. What’s the best Nerdfighter video? / What video should I show to my friend as an introduction to Vlogbrothers?
  3. Why is John’s wife called the Yeti?
  4. Where did the idea of Nerdfighters come from?
  5. How do I meet other Nerdfighters?

QUESTIONS ABOUT JOHN AND HANK

  1. How do I contact John and Hank?
  2. What kind of cameras/equipment/editing software do John and Hank use?
  3. What religion is John? Hank?
  4. Are John’s books gonna be movies?
  5. Is John writing more books/what is he working on now?
  6. Where are the mix tapes for John’s books?
  7. What is the formula from An Abundance of Katherines?
  8. What did John and Hank study in college?
  9. BABIES?!


FYNF-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Will you post a link about x and help promote me?

Unfortunately, we can’t promote personal projects unless they’re very obviously Nerdfighter-related. If you make something about/for Nerdfighteria, we’ll gladly check it out! Please note, though, that this does not guarantee that we will post it.

Are you John and/or Hank?

We want to make it very clear that we are NOT JOHN OR HANK. We’re just a group of devoted Nerdfighters who love this community a whole freakin’ lot. While John and Hank do look at this site, they don’t moderate or contribute in any way, shape, or form, besides giving us things to obsess about.

MAKE ME GIFS!!!

While a few of our contributors do make gifs, it’s only occasional, and we’d love to take requests but we don’t always have the time. If you’d like to make gifs on your own, you can use Gickr, Photoshop, or GIFSoup to get started, and feel free to submit them when you’re done! You should also check out our nerdfighter tumblrs list, many of whom make great gifs.

Why didn’t you post my submission?!

We generally do not post submissions if they are promotions for personal projects, if they are similar to other posts or submissions, if they aren’t formatted correctly or if there isn’t an obvious connection to Nerdfighteria. There’s also a chance we just haven’t gotten to it yet; sometimes we get bogged down with messages and they take a while to sift through. Still, if you have anything you’d like to submit, please do! Chances are at least one of your submissions will make it up on the blog.

“WHICH VIDEO” QUESTIONS

In which video was DFTBA first used?

That would be in Oct. 2nd: Brotherhood 2.0 on the Road (Literally), introduced in the form of writing on John’s friend Katie’s arm.

In which video was the Nerdfighter salute created?

The first use of the Nerdfighter salute (we’re pretty sure) is by John in the February 27th video of Brotherhood 2.0.

Where did “french the llama” come from?

During the Project For Awesome in 2009, a bunch of Nerdfighters would say “world suck ftl” meaning “world suck for the lose.” Unfortunately, John didn’t know what “ftl” actually meant and then a Nerdfighter told him it meant “french the llama.” John has been trying to make it a Thing ever since. ie: “French the llama that whale is big!” or “French the llama! The square root of negative one is a letter?!” If you believe in its Thingness, you may be interested in this poster.

What video is x quote from?

We won’t be answering these types of questions very often on the blog; we now have a transcription wiki to help you out. There you can search a quote or phrase and find its origin.

NERDFIGHTING-RELATED QUESTIONS

How do you become a Nerdfighter?

There really isn’t any criteria to become a Nerdfighter. As John has said before, if you want to be a Nerdfighter, chances are you already are one. However, it’s recommended to watch most, if not all, of the original 2007 Brotherhood 2.0 videos. There are a few NFs who think new Nerdfighters should watch all 1000+ videos… but that’d be a bit excessive, if you ask me! Which you did! So I guess we’re the authorities!

What’s the best Nerdfighter video? / What video should I show to my friend as an introduction to Vlogbrothers?

John and Hank made a FAQ video themselves and a playlist for the “Best of Vlogbrothers” which you can watch here; a link to the playlist is at the end of the video! However, if you were to ask the staff what the best video is, our answer would most definitely be here: here!

Why is John’s wife called the Yeti?

“My wife, Sarah, does not wish to participate in this documentary. Sarah is like the Yeti. She’ll appear prominently in our folklore, you’ll hear many stories about her, but sightings will be exceedingly rare.” — January 2nd

Where did the idea of Nerdfighters come from?

The term “Nerdfighters” started when John misread the name of the video game “Aerofighters” at an airport in this video from February 1st, 2007. It stuck, even after John realized his mistake, and he went on to discuss the idea at length and to make up a Nerdfighter song in this video.

How do I meet other Nerdfighters?

If you’re looking for Nerdfighters in your area, we have a handy list of Facebook groups here! You can get more involved in the online community here on tumblr and in Our Pants (which has a great gatherings section). We also suggest you go to live shows as well as other events and get involved with projects as they show up. One of the greatest parts of Nerdfighteria is meeting other Nerdfighters and just basking in the sheer geekiness that surrounds you.

QUESTIONS ABOUT JOHN AND HANK

How do I contact John and Hank?

@replying them on Twitter is always a good way to go - their usernames are @realjohngreen and @hankgreen. You can also drop John and Hank a line on tumblr (even if they don’t respond, there’s a great chance they’ll read it). If all else fails or you can’t squeeze it into tumblr and twitter’s character limits, try them through email. However, be warned: John and Hank can’t always respond to the emails they get due to the sheer mass of them. John can be reached at sparksflyup@gmail.com, Hank has a contact form on his website, and there is also hankandjohn@gmail.com, but we are not sure how often it is checked.

What kind of cameras/equipment/editing software do John and Hank use?

John, according to the FAQ on his website, uses a Canon Vixia camcorder and edits with Final Cut Express. Hank uses a Canon Vixia camcorder as well and uses Final Cut Pro to edit. Here's a list Hank made of all the equipment they use.

What religion is John? Hank?

John is Episcopalian; Hank is an atheist.

Are John’s books gonna be movies?

The Fault in Our Stars is already a movie, it’s real! Look how legit it is. It will premiere June 6, 2014 in the US and international release dates can be found here. Check out the trailer (or, more likely, watch it for the 50th time) here!

Paper Towns will become a movie (possibly!) by the same creative team as TFIOS including Josh Boone and Nat Wolff as Quentin and John as an executive producer. John also just announced that Looking for Alaska will be a movie written and directed by Sarah Polley!

Is John writing more books/what is he working on now?

John is currently working on something new, but he is being very secretive about it since the last few stories he told Nerdfighteria about were subsequently abandoned (one tentatively called The Sequel and one about a deserted island). He has mentioned that he’s pretty distracted by all the success of The Fault in Our Stars, plus his wife just gave birth to a second baby, and crashcourse/the mental floss videos/vidcon/being a tumblr celebrity/etc, so don’t be expecting a new book anytime soon. You can check out all of John’s published books on his website, and we’d also suggest downloading John’s (terrible) Zombie apocalypse novella by clicking here.

Where are the mix tapes for John’s books?

You can find them all here! We don’t have a mix for Let It Snow yet; if you’ve made one, let us know!

What is the formula from An Abundance of Katherines?

Or check out this site which will calculate everything for you.

What did John and Hank study in college?

John got his Bachelor’s in English and religion at Kenyon College. He also received an honorary doctorate from Butler University, where he gave the commencement address for the class of 2013. Hank got his Bachelor’s in biochemistry at Eckerd College and then got his Masters in environmental studies and writing at University of Montana - Missoula.

BABIES!?

YEAH BABIES. John Green has TWO baby children - Henry Green, now 3 years old, and new baby Alice Green, born June 3rd, 2013! President Obama possibly likes the name Alice, though he did not specify.

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