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Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore 

Jacob Shelton
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Updated July 4, 2020 104.1k votes 6.4k voters 112.3k views 44 items

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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Gardening is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gardening
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The Society for Creative... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Denver Esther Aileen Grant added The Society for Creative Anarchronism
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Doctor Who
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Cosplay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Stephen Lane added Cosplay
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Tea Drinking is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Tea Drinking
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World of Anime is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Enisa Hadžić added
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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
The Muppets
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
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Podcasts is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Podcasts
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Mustaches is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Mustaches
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Record Collecting is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Record Collecting
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Crocheting is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Crocheting
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Cassettes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Cassettes
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Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
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Electronic Music is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Kyle Hanson added Electronic Music
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Home Brewing is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Home Brewing
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Online Dating is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Online Dating
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Professional Wrestling ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Professional Wrestling
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Driving a Smart Car is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Driving a Smart Car