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Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

List RulesVote 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 breaking 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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  • 3,175
    508
  • 2
    2,705
    877

    Glasses

  • 3
    3,216
    575

    Superhero Movies

  • 2,716
    1,001
  • 5
    2,406
    811

    Gaming Culture

  • 6
    2,580
    962

    Reading

  • 7
    2,441
    735

    Comedy

  • 8
    1,935
    918

    Trivia

  • 9
    2,102
    1,083

    Dressing Well

  • 10
    1,834
    971

    Riding Your Bike

  • 11
    1,900
    489

    Staying Home On Weekends

  • 12
    1,816
    1,072

    Comic-Con

  • 13
    1,699
    893

    Comic Books

  • 15
    6
    0

    Listeing to Rock

  • 16
    1,400
    1,119

    Apple Products

  • 889
    527
  • 18
    1,507
    890

    Zombies

  • 19
    1,641
    632

    Getting Good Grades

  • 20
    1,339
    609

    Spending Time With Family

  • 21
    1,388
    954

    Baking

  • 22
    1,223
    811

    Being A Foodie

  • 1,045
    958
  • 1,075
    1,082
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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