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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1,590 311
Computer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
PatHammon added Computers

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1,608 451
Glasses is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Glasses

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1,523 466
Reading is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Reading

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1,428 589
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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1,550 446
Superhero Movies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Superhero Movies

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1,289 565
Dressing Well is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Dressing Well

7
1,245 454
Comedy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comedy

8
1,060 505
Trivia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Trivia

9
1,014 548
Riding Your Bike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Riding Your Bike

10
458 162
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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1,098 531
Gaming Culture is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gaming Culture

12
1,083 613
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Coffee

13
429 169
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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831 519
Baking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Baking

Bucket List for Couples

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934 666
Comic-Con is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic-Con

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821 589
Apple Products is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Apple Products

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335 183
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
882 545
Zombies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Zombies

19
825 582
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

20
788 565
Comic Books is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Comic Books

21
621 500
Being a Foodie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Being a Foodie

How to Get a Girl to Like You

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637 582
Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
TheWelshGuy added Vinyl

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612 575
Gardening is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Gardening

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646 619
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

25
299 244
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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581 553
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

27
591 605
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Doctor Who

28
238 202
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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207 219
Cosplay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Stephen Lane added Cosplay

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123 90
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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505 549
The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
The Muppets

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443 599
Home Brewing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Home Brewing

33
426 553
Mustaches is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Mustaches

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373 551
Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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206 242
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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352 521
Podcasts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Podcasts

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404 479
Record Collecting is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Record Collecting

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143 220
Cassettes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
MadameLil added Cassettes

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138 161
Electronic Music is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Kyle Hanson added Electronic Music

40
327 574
Crocheting is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Crocheting

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275 531
Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore

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261 614
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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281 662
Professional Wrestling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Things That Aren't Nerdy Anymore
Professional Wrestling