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Ryan Michael Trahan (born: October 7, 1998 (1998-10-07) [age 25]) is an American YouTuber and entrepreneur best known for his vlogs, challenges, commentary and lifestyle videos.

History[]

Ryan created his channel on October 26, 2013. He mainly uploaded videos regarding track and field training tips, compilation videos, vlogs and more. His most popular video at the time, "MY FASTEST MILE TIME EVER - Schrader Mile 2017", amassed over 250,000 views.

In April of 2018, he posted the video "Copying Emma Chamberlain's Instagram for a Week", which got over 1,500,000 views and gained him lots of subscribers.

Ryan posted one of his most viewed videos to date in June of 2018. The video, "LOREN GRAY is LYING TO YOU *proof*", has amassed over 9.2 million views.

Business[]

Aside from being a YouTuber, Ryan is also an entrepreneur, having founded three businesses. He founded Neptune Bottle, an eco-friendly jug business, as well as Hydra, a clothing line, He recently co-joined a candy company called Joyride Candy, making a promotion trailer with the help of fellow YouTubers Sticks, who previously made a movie trailer themed around his life. This trailer featured cameo appearances of YouTubers Haley Pham (Ryan's wife), Airrack, Colin and Samir, Mark Rober, and MrBeast. The latter two were unable to make it to the set, and so filmed their cameos elsewhere.[1]

Surviving on $0.01 for 30 Days series[]

On June 1, 2022, he started a series in which the rules were: he would start with a penny and a backpack and have 30 days to travel all the way to MrBeast in Greenville, North Carolina, starting from Los Angeles, California. He said he wanted to do this because of the US Mint ceasing the production of the penny in 2023, and that MrBeast doesn't have one. It was also a fundraiser collaboration with Feeding America to raise money to end hunger in America, where $1 donated would provide at least 10 meals. So far, the fundraiser has raised over 1.4 million dollars, which is equivalent to at least 14 million meals.

On June 30, 2022, he uploaded the final video in which he completed his journey. A few results of the entire journey include:

  • Traveling from Los Angeles to North Carolina in a span of 30 days for over 3,000 miles.
  • The total length of the entire series is 7.01 hours.
  • $509.21 was spent on transportation alone.
  • He ate from McDonald's every single day, hence making him have at least 30 meals from McDonald's (and at least 30 iced coffees?)
  • The goal of $100,000 was greatly exceeded, and nearly $1.4M was raised with 14K donations (the average donation being $94.95), so at least 14M meals[2]
  • Over 2 million cents were raised from new subscribers for at least 200,000 meals.
  • MrBeast donated $102,000 to feeding families.

Surviving on $0.01 for 1 week series[]

On June 22, 2023, Ryan uploaded a picture that contained the text "July 1 - Penny Series - Far From Home", with some flag icons censored except for the last flag - the United States flag, on his social media accounts.[3] This meant he had begun a new chapter of the Penny Series. A few days later, on June 28, 2023, Ryan provided a status update on the Far From Home chapter.[4] In this video, he informed his audience that he is in an undisclosed country, how the challenge will work, how many days the challenge will last, what the goal or purpose of the series is, and more.

After the series ended he uploaded a compilation video of the series. On the pinned comment of the video, Ryan announced that it would be the last penny series ever.[5]

Personal life[]

Ryan Michael Trahan was born on October 7, 1998 in the town of Sugar Land, Texas, U.S.[6] He grew up in the small town of Eagle Lake, Texas. He went to Rice High School in Altair, Texas, and was valedictorian.[7] Ryan's Twitter account shows his closeness with his family, particularly with his dad and brother Matthew.

Since he grew up without a grandfather, he made a pact in 2021 with Dr. Phil's agent Alicia through e-mail stating that, if his channel passed Phil's channel in subscribers, he would legally have him be his adoptive grandfather. His channel successfully passed that goal in early 2022, and has traveled to Paramount Studios in Los Angeles to interview him, though he ultimately ended up not asking the question face-to-face.[8]

Ryan is married to fellow YouTuber Haley Goodman-Trahan (YouTube name Haley Pham). They got engaged in May 2020. They often post Instagram pictures together, and she has been featured in many videos on his channel. They have a dog named Spock and are currently residing in Austin, Texas.

Channel milestones[]

Subscriber milestones[]

Note: The following dates are according to Social Blade. Dates may vary by one or two days due to differences in time zones.

  • 1 million subscribers: January 29, 2019
  • 2 million subscribers: October 24, 2019
  • 3 million subscribers: May 6, 2021
  • 4 million subscribers: October 3, 2021
  • 5 million subscribers: December 7, 2021
  • 6 million subscribers: February 20, 2022
  • 7 million subscribers: April 7, 2022
  • 8 million subscribers: June 8, 2022
  • 9 million subscribers: June 18, 2022
  • 10 million subscribers: July 4, 2022
  • 11 million subscribers: November 9, 2022
  • 12 million subscribers: March 11, 2023
  • 13 million subscribers: July 9, 2023
  • 14 million subscribers: December 2, 2023
  • 15 million subscribers: March 10, 2024

Quotes[]

  • "Howdy(!)" (often said as a greeting to people)
  • "Bernie, more like...Bernie."
  • "So how much for the garage?"
  • "Are you hiding any Demogorgons in the basement?"
  • "This is a tree."
  • "Don't eat that, that's a trash can."
  • "Where are my Shrek fans at?"
  • "Good Morning Sleepyheads!" (Throughout the penny series)
  • "TEENAGE TRASH CAN!!!" (I Stayed At The World's Oldest Hotel)
  • "I'm 50% certain that's Oliver Tree." (I Tested 1-Star Restaurants)
  • "Why do fancy restaurants have names like this?" (I Tested 1-Star Hotels)
  • "Breast milk? No, that's a dishwasher." (I Stayed in Luxury Tiny Homes)
  • "I love rental cars."
  • “I’m a crackhead”
  • "Jammy time!" (I Tested 1-Star Hotels (again))
  • "How did you find this?" (ryan lol)

Trivia[]

  • He is of Irish and French descent.[9]
  • Ryan is negative buoyant (this means he has the inability to float). This can explain why he can barely swim.
  • Ryan commented on Yikes's video titled I Survived on $0.01 for 30 Days - Day 10 (Lego Ryan Trahan) with the comment "BRUH THIS IS SO COOL".[10]
  • Ryan is good friends with MrBeast.
  • Ryan was formerly a cynical atheist but is now a christian.[11]

References[]

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Wikitubia Award Winner
Ryan Trahan won the Award for Favorite Vlogging Channel in the 2022 Wikitubia Awards.
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