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Vax Your Bracket!

If March Madness was mad cow disease, but you could still fill out brackets if you got vaccinated against the disease, you would do it. You would totally do it.

Which is my awkward and perhaps nonsensical metaphor to ease into talking to you about Vax Your Bracket. It’s everything you love about a regular bracket pool — basketball, gambling, logging into websites, tweeting outrage over colleges you’ve never heard of, Jamie Bernstein — combined with saving the mofo world because half the pool goes to the Hug Me! I’m Vaccinated campaign! You can totally ditch work to watch the games and feel good about it. It’s like penance… but penance that actually does shit.

Hug Me is a great cause. Last year at Dragon*Con we vaccinated 200+ people against pertussis during an epidemic. This year we have even more clinics planned plus educational events.

The directions are simple:
1. Go to your PayPal account and send $10.00 to [email protected] (please note that PayPal will charge you an extra fee of $0.56).
2. In the message section, please give us the email you will be using to join the Pool.
3. Once we get your payment, we’ll send you an invite to the Pool at the email you provided.
4. On March 13, make your bracket.
5. Save the World!

If you have any problems or questions, just send an email to [email protected] and we’ll get back to you.

Vax Your Bracket is not an official event of the Women Thinking Free or the Hug Me campaign. It is an independent effort of volunteer board members Brian Anders and Skeptical Ninja Jamie Bernstein.


Elyse MoFo Anders is the bad ass behind forming the Women Thinking, inc and the superhero who launched the Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated campaign as well as podcaster emeritus, writer, slacktivist extraordinaire, cancer survivor and sometimes runs marathons for charity. You probably think she's awesome so you follow her on twitter.

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  1. @Elyse: three brackets for just correcting a link is very kind, but I’m still figuring out what March Madness is. You wouldn’t happen to have a cricket version? Might buy one of their T-shirts instead.

  2. I didn’t see if this was possible in the post, but I’m hoping this is true from the comments — can we enter more than one bracket? I completely SUCK at bracketology, so I’m hoping to make up for it via sheer brute force. ;-)

  3. @tai_fung:

    Enter as many times as you’d like!

    Right now, each entry needs its own log in, but I just talked to the guy running it and he said he can change that. I have to promise to sleep with him.

    You’re welcome.

  4. @Elyse:

    Your promise is meaningless without pics. ;-)

    And video. With sound. :-P

    Seriously, that’s excellent. My backet history SUCKS when I play just one, so I’m combatting the issue by throwing money at the problem. Whee!

  5. I can totally get behind that. I was one of the 200 who was vaccinated at Dragon*Con. I then met Rebecca and she gave me a free Surly shirt. Note to everyone – get vaccinated, save lives and get adoration from the Skepchicks!

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