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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2,149 388
Computer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
PatHammon added

2
2,022 591
Glasses is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Glasses

3
1,951 625
Reading is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Reading

4
1,843 764
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

5
2,036 550
Superhero Movies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Superhero Movies

6
1,610 754
Dressing Well is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Dressing Well

7
1,659 560
Comedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comedy

8
1,417 639
Trivia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Trivia

9
1,321 698
Riding Your Bike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Riding Your Bike

10
819 266
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
811 291
Getting Good Grades is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Nancy Soucek added Getting Good Grades

12
1,474 666
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
1,227 835
Comic-Con is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic-Con

15
1,067 671
Baking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Baking

16
611 305
Hanging Out With Family is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Hanging Out With Family

17
1,040 785
Apple Products is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Apple Products

18
1,056 702
Comic Books is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic Books

19
1,127 684
Zombies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Zombies

20
1,031 761
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

21
837 635
Being a Foodie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Being a Foodie

22
476 364
Walking (As Exercise) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
dennis-lesieur added Walking (As Exercise)

23
785 732
Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
TheWelshGuy added

24
820 786
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

25
733 733
Gardening is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gardening