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Advertising is gross—it is the misappropriation of attention for third-party profit. That is why we have always opted to forego ads and ask our readers and listeners directly for support. In our 13+ years we’ve published 616,461 words, curated 9,089 links, and displayed zero ads.1

Damn Interesting is one of the few remaining specimens of an endangered species: we are a website which actually researches and writes original material. Unfortunately servers, research materials, travel, and time aren’t free. Please help prevent our species’ extinction. Send us a few dollars to help us remain in operation.

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Recent History

  • December 2018: 140 donors, $409.77 short.
  • November 2018: 152 donors, $186.77 short.
  • October 2018: 151 donors, monthly goal met.
  • September 2018: 149 donors, $400.77 short.
  • August 2018: 151 donors, $247.77 short.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I cancel a recurring donation?

The easiest way is to find the automated email our Damn Robot sent you when you first donated, click reply, type “cancel,” and click send. If you cannot find that email, just send a note to alan@damninteresting.com and say you’d like to cancel. Don’t worry, we won’t resent you for canceling—far from it! We know that life gets in the way, and priorities shift. We sincerely appreciate your having supported us while you were able.

Where does the money go?

Every month we pay our operating costs, which include web hosting (Dreamhost), podcast hosting (SoundCloud), Content Delivery Network, Slack, audio library subscriptions, and other stars in our constellation of expenses. Anything above that pays for things like research materials, equipment, software, research-related travel, etc., and finally, whatever remains goes into our authors’ collective tip jar.

What happens if you miss your goal?

If we fall short one month, we survive. If it happens two or three months in a row, our ability to afford to stay online will be in peril. However we will never resort to advertising, so if our readers/listeners decide we are not worth supporting directly, we will shut down non-essential systems, pay the bills until we cannot, and then we will move on to something else.

Is there another way to donate?

Have a look under the “More Options” tab above to see options for Paypal, Patreon, etc.

What is the “stretch” goal?

We have two donation goals each month: the “survival” goal that pays the bills and keeps us running, and the aspirational “stretch” goal that kicks in once the survival goal is met. It’s an effort to inch our monthly contributions up to a higher level, one that might give us the opportunity to grow and increase our output eventually. It also serves to smooth out the bumps on months when we don’t meet the survival goal. We consider it a successful month if we meet the survival goal, and anything beyond that is appreciated, but not strictly required.

How can I stop the site from occasionally asking for donations?

If you have already donated, or you have resolved to never do so no matter how much of our bandwidth and hard work you might consume, you can silence all donation-related messages on the site by going to the search box and entering this text:

!hush

That’s an exclamation point, then the word ‘hush’ with no space. When you hit Enter, this special code will suppress all donation-related messages in that browser for a long period of time.

Why would you share your secret ‘hush’ code with everybody?

We require donations in order to survive, but we gain nothing from pestering people who can not or will not donate. Life is short and we are realists.

How can I help if I’m broke?

We appreciate the thought! If you are listener of our podcast, one of the nicest things you can do for us is to rate and review our podcast on your service of choice (iTunes, Stitcher, etc). That makes it more likely for new listeners to discover us. Also, since we aren’t fans of advertising, the best way for other potential donors to find us is for you to tell your friends, share links to our content, etc.

If you wish to lend us psychological support, simply drop us a line.

Miscellany

If you have any questions and/or suggestions, send some electrons to alan@damninteresting.com.

Damn Interesting is not a 501(c)(3) charity and donations are not tax-deductible.

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1 Unless you consider Amazon Affiliate links to be ads. When we use a book, film, or other purchasable media as a source, we often link to the item on Amazon in such a way that we get a few cents if the clicker makes a purchase. We don’t consider these ads, because they are passive and harmless, but some people might disagree, so we wish to be transparent. As of 2015 these earn us between $100 and $200 per year on average.