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Crowd: Good morning Hank, it's Monday! John: Hank, I'm not gonna talk about the damage recently inflicted upon the puff. Instead we're going to talk about video volunteers!

YouTube has launched this awesome program that allows all of us to help out charities we like by making videos for them, and I have made my first video volunteer video for the Book Wish Foundation! Nerdfighters, if you want to join me in making video volunteer videos, you can go -- I love making a slash! And now, Hank, without further ado, I will transform into my video volunteer-ist self.

Hi there, my name's John Green, and I write books. Like this one! And this one!

And also this one! Okay, so a few years ago I was in a coffee shop with my friend Maureen Johnson, who also writes books, and together we discovered that when you add the words "in your pants" to the end of book titles, those book titles become funnier. For instance, Maureen once wrote a book called "The Key to the Golden Firebird" .... in your pants.

But Maureen's book isn't the only example of the "in your pants" rule. I mean, check out Flannery O'Conner's "Everything That Rises Must Converge" .... in your pants. Or "The Forgotten Man" in your pants.

There's "The Man Who Ate Everything" in your pants. "The Sun Also Rises" in your pants, which, come to think about it, is actually what The Sun Also Rises" is about. "A Spot of Bother" in your pants. "The Never-Ending Story" in your pants. John Updike's Classic "Rabbit at Rest" in your pants. And then of course there's Andrew Auseon's "Funny Little Monkey" in your pants.

But sadly there are places in the world where people do not have access to in your pants jokes. Places where people literally cannot imagine the pleasure it would be to have "The Portable Dorothy Parker" in your pants. I'd be like, "What'd you say, pants?

Oh, that's a good observation. Brevity is the soul of lingerie." These places can't have in your pants jokes, because they don't have books. But full access to the in your pants phenomenon requires more than just books.

You need lights with which to read them, libraries in which to store them, and you also need to make sure you're getting the right books to people because the fact is that "The Rodale Book of Composting" in your pants, while funny, is not as funny as "The Last Good Kiss" in your pants. And that's where the Book Wish Foundation comes in. They go into refugee camps with thousands of people that have been displaced from the conflict in Darfur and they get solar powered reading lights and glasses and the right books to people that need them.

And right now they're raising money to build a much-needed library. And the best part about the Book Wish Foundation is that they don't send just any books to these refugee camps. They carefully work with people in the camps to make sure that all of the books going there are the best possible in your pants jokes.

Oh, what's that? No? They're based on what people need and want?

Oh. Yeah, that's good too. Obviously displaced people in refugee camps have a lot of needs.

But what the Book Wish Foundation has learned is that when you go to these refugee camps, one of the things people say they want and need the most is books. Not only because books can be entertaining but because they can be a way to get to university. And most of all, so that they can more fully appreciate the rich and diverse world of the in your pants joke.

Please check out the Book Wish Foundation at and as we say in my hometown, don't forget to be awesome.