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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2,101 384
Computer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
PatHammon added

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1,909 611
Reading is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Reading

3
1,972 585
Glasses is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Glasses

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1,810 752
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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1,987 542
Superhero Movies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Superhero Movies

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1,578 739
Dressing Well is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Dressing Well

7
1,620 554
Comedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comedy

8
1,391 623
Trivia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Trivia

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1,296 683
Riding Your Bike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Riding Your Bike

10
776 261
Staying Home On Weekends is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Staying Home On Weekends

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772 281
Getting Good Grades is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Nancy Soucek added Getting Good Grades

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1,439 656
Gaming Culture is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gaming Culture

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

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1,201 816
Comic-Con is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic-Con

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1,045 652
Baking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Baking

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585 287
Hanging Out With Family is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Hanging Out With Family

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1,022 764
Apple Products is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Apple Products

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1,025 686
Comic Books is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic Books

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1,099 673
Zombies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Zombies

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1,003 751
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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823 617
Being a Foodie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Being a Foodie

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461 348
Walking (As Exercise) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
dennis-lesieur added Walking (As Exercise)

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773 713
Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
TheWelshGuy added

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803 769
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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721 718
Gardening is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gardening

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716 680
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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283 191
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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716 765
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Doctor Who

29
360 346
Cosplay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Stephen Lane added Cosplay

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360 336
Tea Drinking is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Tea Drinking

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641 665
The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
The Muppets

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360 380
World of Anime is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Enisa Hadžić added

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515 760
Home Brewing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Home Brewing

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507 710
Mustaches is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Mustaches

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450 706
Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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440 651
Podcasts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Podcasts

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256 331
Cassettes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Cassettes

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505 592
Record Collecting is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Record Collecting

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390 725
Crocheting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Crocheting

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225 288
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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320 688
Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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358 808
Professional Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Professional Wrestling

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309 772
Driving a Smart Car is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Driving a Smart Car