Why does the United States spend so much on health care? The answer turns out to be pretty complicated.
50 Ways to Pretend to Be Smarter
In which Grace teaches you how to fake being smarter than you are in 50 easy steps. Some of them might possibly involve cheese. Maybe.
Today’s paternity leave video is brought to you by the delightful: http://www.youtube.com/dailygrace
A+++. Who needs me when there is Grace?
(Alice is doing great. Thanks for all your kind wishes.)
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Poetry Makes Nothing Happen: Thoughts on Ai Weiwei from the Indianapolis Museum of Art
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In which John visits the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where his wife is a curator, and thinks about the work of the artist and dissident Ai Weiwei while walking through “According to What,” his first major retrospective in the United States. If you live in or near Indianapolis, you should really see the show. It’s very special, and will be here until July 21st.
Puppies, Pegasi, and TFiOS Casting: It’s Question Tuesday
In which John answers real questions from real nerdfighters about puppies, ferrets, dancing, the casting of the movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, the ducks in the pond, and many other things.
Happy Birthday, Hank!
Today (just today!) nerdfighters around the world have loaned more than $50,000 to entrepreneurs throughout the developing world, from Rwanda to Kosovo.
That’s more money than the kiva nerdfighter group loaned in its first YEAR. Happy Birthday, Hank!
If you want to join the lending binge, check out the nerdfighter kiva group!
Happy Birthday Hank
1. Happy 33rd Birthday.
2. In the past, we’ve gotten you extremely elaborate birthday presents here in nerdfighteria. We got you a piece of the James Webb Space Telescope, planted many trees in your honor, and so on. This year, I’m giving you the biggest and best present ever:
You don’t have to do anything elaborate for my birthday this year. I know this is a huge relief to you, and I happen to know it’s the present you want most of all.
2a. Also I am getting you a niece/nephew, which is a bit time-consuming at the moment.
3. I was going to make a video about this, but I didn’t because I just had oral surgery and there are a lot of stitches in my mouth.
4. You are a great brother, a made-of-awesome nerdfighter, and a person who is changing the world in cool ways. And I love you.
5. Nerdfighters, if you want to join me in celebrating Hank’s birthday, why not make a loan to an entrepreneur in the developing world through kiva.org? If you’re new to kiva, your first loan is free.
I made you a video critically analyzing GIFs of animals interrupting sporting events. (Really.)
I AM YOUR DOCTOR NOW, TUMBLR.
I’m not sure if this new youtube layout thing benefits everyone…
"What do you do for a living?"
"I’m a novelist."
"Right, but how do you pay your bills?"
"Giraffe sex videos."
Flags and Helpers
In which John talks about the bombing at the Boston Marathon while he drives to the dentist.