Alexis Ohanian
When the bigger-than-Digg news forum reddit called for Stephen Colbert to counter Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally with a "Restoring Truthiness" rally of his own, Colbert was apparently listening. After Redditors raised over $140,000 for schools through DonorsChoose.org on Colbert's behalf, the Comedy Central host himself sent a personal letter to reddit.

Okay, either Stephen Colbert or someone on his writing staff is a hardcore reddit reader. This letter has more Reddit in-jokes per sentence than any actual Reddit post I've ever seen. The reddit community was impressed with Colbert's evident knowledge of the most obscure memes on the site, including the catchphrase "I had a pregnant."

The letter might sound like gibberish to a non-redditor, so we've broken it down and explained all the in-jokes. Click links for original posts, and hover over links for annotations. You're welcome!
Dear Redditors,

Ever since the visit of one of your Dear Leaders, Alexis "kn0thing" Ohanian, my inbox has been orangered with pleas to "Restore Truthiness." The track record of your hivemind speaks for itself. Mr. Splashypants got a name. You rescued Soapier. You frightened the sweet-and-sour Jesus out of a 90-year-old man on his birthday. Despite how silly and nonsexual reddit can be, your true colors show when someone is in need.

I almost had a pregnant when I saw what you had done at DonorsChoose.org for classrooms around the country. I am humbled and honored (a rare combination for me), and find myself wishing there was a Look of Approval.

You have inspired me by helping untold thousands of students; with the momentum you've created, we could stage a hundred rallies. I might just call on you, Redditors - for nothing is more terrifying than tens of thousands of Heroes taking to the streets with the faint odor of bacon wafting behind them. Except for bears, obviously.

One huge upvote for you.

Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA


Reddit user beuh_dave has more annotations.

Even if Colbert's writers helped, clearly the team has a deep combined knowledge of reddit, enough to include them in the Colbert Nation. But who's leading whom here? And will Colbert find another way to capitalize on reddit's love for good and for ratings?