Ambiguous Victories and Real Progress: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

In which John continues the Nerdfighter Book Club’s discussion of Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Are there unambiguous victories? How should we approach our understanding of and relationship with charities domestic and international? I look forward to reading all of your thoughts in comments when I get back.



"It was with Esther that the Nerdfighter community came together and helped the Harry Potter Alliance win 250,000 dollars. And Hank, it was because of Esther that on Esther Day I told you that I love you (which I do, although I don’t want to talk about it). And even though Esther has died we will continue to do projects with her. Because it will be when we work to decrease World Suck and when we show our love for others that Esther will be with us most."

Esther Day is around the corner! Don’t forget to let us know what you’re planning by using the #estherday tag.

You can learn more about the Esther Day project here.

(Source: ripharryjamespotter)


From the understandable to just plain embarrassing… These over-the-top reactions to the emotional roller coaster that is The Fault In Our Stars have been occurring in theaters across the world!

Which of these is you?

(Submitted by Matt)



I think the paper crown I made for the leakycon world record attempt is fit for a pizza lover


Why John and Hank Green Owed Punishments


In the recent vlogbrothers video, Hank Green was uncertain why they had owed punishments in 2012. This is why.

Pre-Kiva bet, these were the outstanding infractions:

Hank missed a video: I Love My Brother
John missed a video: Belated Book-tacular Questions
John agreed to a punishment for getting more subscribers than Oprah: The Pwning of Oprah
John skipped a video to give Hank a punishment: IT’S HANKO DE MAYO!!
John also had a punishment after Helen Hunt saw the video: Happy Birthday To Me!

So Hank had one punishment and John had four… John definitely got the better end of that Kiva bet!

(Originally, John’s Helen Hunt punishment was going to be skipped because of John’s gallbladder, but he actually agreed to do a different one here: Happy Birthday To Me!)

Ah yes, John wanted to “double” his punishments to 2 post-Kiva but he really halved them! Sneaky, sneaky dude.




(Source: guswaters)


Hey Nerdfighters! If you’ll be at Leakycon this year, stop by the DFTBA booth to pick up a sweet nerdfighter badge ribbon.

Hey Nerdfighters! If you’ll be at Leakycon this year, stop by the DFTBA booth to pick up a sweet nerdfighter badge ribbon.



So I found a thing from John Green’s pre-vlogbrothers blog. 
I think he might have been wrong about that one.


So I found a thing from John Green’s pre-vlogbrothers blog. 

think he might have been wrong about that one.


WHY is Hank Punished? The Answers!!


Ok, so in this video John mentioned that both he and Hank had outstanding punishments and he proposed a challenge - if nerdfighteria could loan a million dollars before vlogbrothers got to its 1000th video, they’d to the punishments, if not, no punishments.

We did, of course (never underestimate nerdfighters). And someone pointed out that John’s deal wasn’t totally fair, so he had agreed to go double-or-nothing

So then a couple weeks later Hank and John started Brotherhood 2.0 week and made videos back and forth every day for a week, thus completing one punishment each.

They now owed us both one more punishment. John put out this very intriguing request but nothing ever came of it.

In the meantime, John made this six-minute long video, which nerdfighters decided was not exempt because it was not “educational”. So in this video, he accepted his punishment. And in this video, Hank gave him the chosen punishment: eat a gross meal Henry came up with. So he did that here.

So, they still each owe a punishment! 

As we have researched and looked into everything last night, this seems to be the general conclusion. One punishment owed each!


Timeline of Vlogbrothers Punishments?

So! As you may have seen in John’s last video, Hank owes us a punishment. But personally, I cannot for the life of me remember WHY he does. Does anyone know?!

To that end, and because I thought it’d be fun, I’ve created a spreadsheet where we can collaboratively track out a sort of timeline of Vlogbrothers punishments.

We can use both this page on the Nerdfighteria Wiki and this playlist of punishments to start from, though I’m pretty sure both are incomplete.

Here is the spreadsheet. Let’s try to keep them in chronological order, and dates in mm/dd/yyyy format.

Also: why is Hank supposed to be punished?