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I might be a Nerdfighter!

by Kaitlyn Conrad/Photo & Web Editor 

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John and Hank Green throw up the Nerdfighter “gang sign” in their How to be a Nerdfighter: A Vlogbrother FAQ video.

Urban Dictionary, the Vlogbrothers and others in the  Nerdfighter community define “Nerdfighters” as people who, instead of being made up of cells and organs and stuff, are actually made out of awesome. Contrary to how the name sounds, Nerdfighters do not actually fight nerds. Nerdfighters are a community that formed through the videos of brothers John and Hank Green. They have a good time, do good things and fight against “world suck”, which is exactly what it sounds like, the suck that is in our world, like cancer and bullies.

The term of Nerdfighter came about in John Green’s video on Feb. 1, 2007, when he was waiting at an airport and noticed an arcade that had a game that he thought said “Nerd Fighter”. He was actually mistaken on the game’s name (it was “Areo Fighters”), but the name Nerdfighter stuck and the rest is history.

Vlogbrothers was started back in 2007, when it was then called Brotherhood 2.0. John and Hank Green noticed that their relationship for years had consisted mostly of emails and instant messages and so they swore off textual communication for a year, making public video blogs back and forth every weekday for a year.

John Green is the Printz Award-winning author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, the NYT Best Sellers Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars.

Hank Green is John Green’s younger brother and Hank is the brain and mastermind behind Eckogeek, which is the web’s largest environmental technology blog. Hank is a musician as well, with four albums currently out.

Popular phrases like DFTBA (Don’t Forget to Be Awesome), “french the llama!”, “giant squid of anger” and “in your pants” have form fromed the Vlogbrother’s YouTube channel.

Anyone can be a Nerdfighter. “If you want to be a Nerdfighter, you are a Nerdfighter,” John Green explained in a Vlogbrother FAQ video.

Many other things about being a Nerdfighter would be wishing for natural selection to give the world puppy sized elephants, putting stuff on ones head to make one feel better about life, going to Nerdfighter gatherings, measuring the puff levels of John Green’s hair, staying away from tiny chicken disease, rare sightings of the Yeti and the Katherine and putting up the Nerdfighter gang sign at fellow Nerdfighters.

To check out more on being a Nerdfighter, the Green brothers, and other things made of awesome, you can head over to YouTube and watch the Vlogbrothers channel.

Best wishes!

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