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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1,589 445
Glasses is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Glasses

3
1,498 465
Reading is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Reading

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1,404 584
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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1,521 444
Superhero Movies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Superhero Movies

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1,268 560
Dressing Well is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Dressing Well

7
1,226 451
Comedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comedy

8
1,043 498
Trivia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Trivia

9
997 547
Riding Your Bike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Riding Your Bike

10
442 160
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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1,078 524
Gaming Culture is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gaming Culture

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1,069 608
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Coffee

13
413 167
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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820 513
Baking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Baking

Bucket List for Couples

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922 658
Comic-Con is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic-Con

16
809 584
Apple Products is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Apple Products

17
325 177
Hanging Out With Family is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Hanging Out With Family

18
868 540
Zombies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Zombies

19
813 576
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

20
778 559
Comic Books is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic Books

21
616 495
Being a Foodie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Being a Foodie

The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

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628 576
Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
TheWelshGuy added Vinyl

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608 571
Gardening is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gardening

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640 614
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

25
291 240
Walking (As Exercise) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
dennis-lesieur added Walking (As Exercise)

26
573 549
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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581 601
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Doctor Who

28
229 199
Tea Drinking is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Tea Drinking

19 Everyday Things That Are Making You Dumber

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201 211
Cosplay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Stephen Lane added Cosplay

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499 544
The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
The Muppets

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440 593
Home Brewing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Home Brewing

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116 87
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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418 550
Mustaches is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Mustaches

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368 545
Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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199 235
World of Anime is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Enisa Hadžić added World of Anime

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348 516
Podcasts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Podcasts

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399 476
Record Collecting is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Record Collecting

38
139 217
Cassettes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Cassettes

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324 570
Crocheting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Crocheting

40
135 158
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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272 528
Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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258 611
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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280 655
Professional Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Professional Wrestling