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

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1,594 447
Glasses is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Glasses

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1,506 465
Reading is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Reading

4
1,410 585
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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1,528 444
Superhero Movies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Superhero Movies

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1,274 561
Dressing Well is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Dressing Well

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1,233 451
Comedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comedy

8
1,049 499
Trivia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Trivia

9
1,004 547
Riding Your Bike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Riding Your Bike

10
447 161
Getting Good Grades is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Nancy Soucek added Getting Good Grades

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1,082 527
Gaming Culture is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gaming Culture

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1,074 610
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Coffee

13
418 168
Staying Home On Weekends is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Staying Home On Weekends

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825 515
Baking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Baking

15 Famous People Who Went to Med School

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927 661
Comic-Con is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic-Con

16
813 585
Apple Products is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Apple Products

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329 179
Hanging Out With Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Hanging Out With Family

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872 543
Zombies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Zombies

19
818 577
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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783 560
Comic Books is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic Books

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618 497
Being a Foodie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Being a Foodie

101+ Things to Add to Your Bucket List Now

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631 579
Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
TheWelshGuy added Vinyl

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609 572
Gardening is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gardening

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643 615
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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296 240
Walking (As Exercise) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
dennis-lesieur added Walking (As Exercise)

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576 551
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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586 602
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Doctor Who

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233 200
Tea Drinking is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Tea Drinking

Things You're Sick Of Explaining To Your Parents

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204 214
Cosplay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Stephen Lane added Cosplay

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502 546
The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
The Muppets

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441 596
Home Brewing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Home Brewing

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118 89
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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422 551
Mustaches is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Mustaches

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204 236
World of Anime is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Enisa Hadžić added World of Anime

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368 550
Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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350 516
Podcasts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Podcasts

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401 476
Record Collecting is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Record Collecting

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141 217
Cassettes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Cassettes

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325 570
Crocheting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Crocheting

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135 159
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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273 528
Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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259 611
Driving a Smart Car is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Driving a Smart Car

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280 656
Professional Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Professional Wrestling