Which category do you fall into? Geek, nerd, dweeb or dork? To the unassuming regular person these are all part of the same classification for a person with a strong interest and enthusiasm for something. Like coding computers. Or studying rocks. Or keeping 10 Tamigotchi’s alive for as long as possible to beat the World Record. So which of these categories do you fall into?
Still not sure? To be honest, some of us IWOOTers didn’t feel compelled to fall into any of those categories, yet still felt there was something geeky about us. Then we discovered the 15 signs you’re a geek and realised we definitely were (especially with point no. 7 & 8). How many of these apply to you?
1. You have tried to enter your password on the microwave.
2. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of just three.
3. You start tilting your head sideways to smile : )
4. You wake up at 2am to go to the bathroom and check your E-mail on your way back to bed.
5. You turn off your computer and get this awful feeling, as if you just pulled the plug on a loved one.
6. You can chat several times a day with a stranger from South Africa, but you haven’t spoken with your next door neighbour yet this year.
7. Your reason for not staying in touch with family is that they do not have e-mail addresses.
8. The concept of using real money, instead of credit or debit, to make a purchase is foreign to you.
9. Your daughter sells Charity Cookies via her own web site.
10. You call your son’s mobile phone to let him know it’s time to eat. He emails you back from his bedroom, “What’s for dinner?”
11. Your idea of being organised is multiple-coloured Post-it notes.
12. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years
13. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
14. You’ve sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies.
15. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home.
If you’re reading this and nodding then congratulations you are officially GEEK!!
International Geek Pride Day is celebrated every year on the 25th May. By taking part in the celebrations you are allowing yourself to be open to the policies of the Geek Pride Manifesto:
1. The right to be even geekier.
2. The right to not leave your house.
3. The right to not like football or any other sport.
4. The right to associate with other nerds.
5. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
6. The right to have as many geeky friends as you want.
7. The right to be out of style.
8. The right to be overweight and near-sighted.
9. The right to show off your geekiness.
10. The right to take over the world.
1. Be a geek, no matter what.
2. Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
3. If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
4. To save and protect all geeky material.
5. Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a “museum of geekiness.”
6. Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
8. Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
10. Try to take over the world!
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