Total Nerd Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the things that have broken away from their nerdy roots - and vote down the things that were never geeky in the first place

From the 1950s until the end of the 20th century, being considered a nerd was about as good as having the Black Plague. If you were a nerd, people thought you were a social pariah and probably kicked sand in your face or broke your glasses. But after the turn of the millennium it suddenly became cool to be a nerd. It was like instead of all the computers exploding from Y2K, we entered an alternate dimension where nerdy stuff was cool and cool stuff was suddenly nerdy. Suddenly jocks were watching Star Wars and crocheting sweaters with the names of their favorites sports ball teams - life sure is weird. Other than science fiction and fancy sewing, here’s a list of other things that aren’t nerdy anymore.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when the public’s perception of the nerd, geeks, and geeky nerd culture shifted, but when things changed they changed in a big way. Comic-Con became the new Super Bowl, and E3 exploded into the NBA finals. But it’s not just the giant conferences that have become the bee’s knees among the hoi polloi, everything from gardening, to home brewing, and even the concept of dressing well has become super cool, and this is just the tip of the nerd iceberg.

This list compiles everything that’s no longer nerdy for your enjoyment. You can even vote up the stuff that’s gone from nerdy to cool, and add the nerdy thing that you do that’s been taken over by the cool kids and mainstream pop culture to this list.

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2,095 383
Computer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
PatHammon added Computers

2
1,903 609
Reading is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Reading

3
1,965 584
Glasses is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Glasses

4
1,804 749
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

5
1,977 542
Superhero Movies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Superhero Movies

6
1,574 736
Dressing Well is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Dressing Well

7
1,616 552
Comedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comedy

8
1,386 623
Trivia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Trivia

9
1,295 680
Riding Your Bike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Riding Your Bike

10
771 259
Staying Home On Weekends is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Staying Home On Weekends

11
768 280
Getting Good Grades is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Nancy Soucek added Getting Good Grades

12
1,432 655
Gaming Culture is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gaming Culture

13
1,161 692
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
voting closed at #13 Coffee

14
1,197 814
Comic-Con is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic-Con

15
584 283
Hanging Out With Family is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Hanging Out With Family

16
1,041 651
Baking is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Baking

17
1,019 764
Apple Products is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Apple Products

18
1,021 684
Comic Books is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic Books

19
1,096 672
Zombies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Zombies

20
1,000 750
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

21
819 616
Being a Foodie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Being a Foodie

22
460 345
Walking (As Exercise) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
dennis-lesieur added Walking (As Exercise)

23
771 710
Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
TheWelshGuy added Vinyl

24
801 767
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

25
721 714
Gardening is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gardening

26
714 679
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

27
280 189
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

28
712 764
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Doctor Who

29
357 344
Cosplay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Stephen Lane added Cosplay

30
358 334
Tea Drinking is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Tea Drinking

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637 663
The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
The Muppets

32
357 379
World of Anime is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Enisa Hadžić added World of Anime

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512 759
Home Brewing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Home Brewing

34
505 708
Mustaches is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Mustaches

35
448 704
Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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439 648
Podcasts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Podcasts

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255 328
Cassettes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Cassettes

38
505 589
Record Collecting is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Record Collecting

39
390 722
Crocheting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Crocheting

40
222 288
Electronic Music is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Kyle Hanson added Electronic Music

41
319 687
Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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356 806
Professional Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Professional Wrestling

43
307 771
Driving a Smart Car is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Driving a Smart Car