The Influence of Jon Bois on the 40th Birthday T-Shirt Industry

Jon Bois is a genius. In three years, he will be a household name to vast swaths of American men who love to watch sports-related programming on television. Please bookmark this post and revisit it in 2022.

Was this prediction accurate? What’s the world like in 2022? Did Jared Kushner finally bring peace to the Middle East? Or is he in prison?

Back to Jon Bois. You might know his work from Chart Party, a series of videos from SB Nation which dive deep into data and sports.

The graphics are incredible. The music is even better. If you like sexy, sexy saxophones then you’ll love Chart Party.

He’s also very popular on Twitter. Recently, he tweeted:

by the time i’m 40 i pledge to:

– refer to all video games as “mario games”
– refer to everything on tv as a “show” including movies/sports
– use “spam” and “scam” interchangeably
– download a coupon app on my phone called WalletMunkey or something and never shut up about it— Jon Bois (@jon_bois)

February 15, 2019

Later, he followed that tweet with this one:

this tweet turned out to be pretty popular! in celebration, i’ve decided to release it into the public domain. this means you’re free to screencap it, crop out my name, post it to instagram, whatever you’d like to do. it belongs to all of us now— Jon Bois (@jon_bois)

February 16, 2019

We honestly couldn’t tell if he was joking or not, but we thought both tweets were very funny.

Releasing it to the public domain meant that anyone could take it, remix it, or use it however they want.

We just so happen to sell 40th Birthday T-Shirts, so it’s a perfect fit for your old friends at FunnyShirts.org.

We immediately took his text and turned it into a 40th Birthday Pledge Tee:

Here’s a fun thing about us: our design center helps us create designs super quickly. We noticed Jon’s tweet within an hour. We posted our reply with a link to this shirt within an hour and five minutes.

We had to decide which bits to include and which to leave off. We eventually had to edit out “refer to everything on tv as a show”. This felt sad, but good new folks: this design is totally customizable.

If you want to add that part back in, you can! You can make the text say whatever you want. Just follow the link and then hit that customize button.

Add a name. Add an inside joke. Personalize the hell out of it.

We’re hoping this leads to an avalanche of other twitter users posting hilarious content related to the age of 40, and then immediately releasing those tweets into the public domain. We’re holding our breath!

This post serves as big Thank You to Jon Bois. And since we’re already getting greedy, let’s ask for one more thing: will you please revisit the math behind the Surrender Index from The Saddest Punt in the World?

We think more weight should be given to teams that are down by 7 – 16 points, where the game is still theoretically in reach. If you’re down by two scores, but you’re in desperation mode, and you punt it away, then that’s just garbage. It looks like Chris Kluwe has already reached out to you about this.

Thanks again.

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