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

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1,199 241
Computer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
PatHammon added Computers

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1,198 342
Reading is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Reading

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1,100 447
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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1,050 404
Dressing Well is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Dressing Well

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1,182 351
Superhero Movies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Superhero Movies

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783 388
Trivia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Trivia

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912 366
Comedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comedy

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750 442
Riding Your Bike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Riding Your Bike

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875 462
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Coffee

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798 436
Gaming Culture is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gaming Culture

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649 391
Baking is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Baking

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208 68
Getting Good Grades is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Nancy Soucek added Getting Good Grades

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737 511
Comic-Con is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic-Con

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629 458
Apple Products is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Apple Products

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700 418
Zombies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Zombies

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188 81
Staying Home On Weekends is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Staying Home On Weekends

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655 445
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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601 447
Comic Books is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic Books

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518 435
Gardening is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gardening

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152 85
Hanging Out With Family is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Hanging Out With Family

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506 445
Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MartinAustin added Vinyl

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483 401
Being a Foodie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Being a Foodie

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514 490
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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179 138
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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457 439
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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486 472
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Doctor Who

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391 449
Home Brewing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Home Brewing

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120 97
Tea Drinking is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Tea Drinking

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102 85
Cosplay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Stephen Lane added Cosplay

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393 428
The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
The Muppets

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344 425
Mustaches is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Mustaches

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297 413
Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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99 112
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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338 363
Record Collecting is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Record Collecting

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284 407
Podcasts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Podcasts

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284 440
Crocheting is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Crocheting

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8 3
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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61 62
Electronic Music is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Kyle Hanson added Electronic Music

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227 415
Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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51 125
Cassettes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Cassettes

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228 474
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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219 520
Professional Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Professional Wrestling