10 Signs You MIGHT Be a Little Nerdy

A while back, I was shocked to find out something I like is considered nerdy.  Occassionly I’m surprised to find out that things I consider normal are considered by others a bit on the nerdy side.  I don’t want you to be caught off guard, so here are some clues that you too might be a little nerdy:


1. You have the “Salamander Hotline” in your contact list.

2. You have the house to yourself for the first time in a month.  You are giddy with excitement …………and watch a documentary while doing laundry.

3. You have the library website book marked and regularly have at least 20 items checked out.

4. Your vacations are planned around geological features, ecosystems, or a particular species of animal you hope to observe in the wild.

5. You’ve had something similar to this happen:  After watching a show about deep sea exploration one of your kids is disappointed the Yeti Crab wasn’t profiled.  Two other members of the family point out it’s because the show was filmed before the Yeti crab was discovered.  Seriously?  Who notices the copyright date? People who were wondering why the Yeti Crab wasn’t mentioned.

6. The failure of the United States to adopt the Metric system is a soapbox topic for multiple members of you household.

7. You don’t have Dish or cable and you can’t figure out why that’s a big deal given your streaming options.  (Apparently live sports are worth a lot of money to a large number of people.)

8. Going to the hair salon is a necessary evil.  (For some of you – so dreadful you employ DIY options. )

9.  You wish the news was more about inventions, white-nose syndrome in bats,  colony collapse disorder in bees, and debates about the use of water resources instead of celebrity updates.

10.  You have memberships to multiple museums, zoos, and science centers.

And two additional signs I find shocking:

11. You’re a “They Might Be Giants” fan.  I’m still in denial about this one.

12. Your favorite shirt says, “Mmmmm……….π “.

Do the above descriptions fit you?  Take heart.  Some might call you nerdy.  I think you are probably a Lifelong Learner who is passionate about life.  So, learn on dear friend…Learn On!

What nerdy things happen at your house?

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14 thoughts on “10 Signs You MIGHT Be a Little Nerdy

  1. Yep! 2, 7 and 8 especially! Like it.
    Btw that Peter Gray book you recommended has gone down as my favourite book about learning ever – thank you! I’d love to write a post about it. Knowing what I’m like it’ll take me about 6 months but I just wanted to check if you have one coming up, I don’t want to step on your toes.
    Finally, I keep trying to subscribe to your blog via email but something keeps going wrong. I’ll keep trying I guess!!

    • I’m so glad you liked it! Please write a post – I would love to hear your take on it. I’ll check into the e-mail subscriptions – I know I had a separate issue this week that prevented me from posting. Thanks for letting me know so I can trouble shoot.

      • I subscribed to both yours and mine using email. My mail delivery flagged it as possible spam so the confirmation mail might be going to your trash folder. I also tried putting in your email to see if I could figure out a problem directly related to that but couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary.

  2. One thing that I must add. I have to say that the nerdiest thing around here (well there are two really) first off is the discussion of dwarf planets (which often causes my 5 year old to yell Pluto should NOT be a dwarf lol) and the fact that I introduce all of my children to Star Trek starting with the originals and moving through the list from when they’re about age 6, so we’ll have more to talk about (I can’t stand talking about cars, I don’t “get” makeup and nail polish, and the finer points of foods that you can eat with your fingers does not intrigue me lol)

    • I can totally relate on the planets. For a couple of years one of my sons used car trips to quiz me on the planets – number of moons, atmosphere, rotation time.

  3. To add: You’re walking through Target with your 4 year old and realize he just hummed the complete Imperial March from Star Wars. The. Whole. Thing. Start to finish. Then he starts on Duel of the Fates from Phantom Menace and you consider you may be watching Star Wars too often. Or you consider when he’ll be old enough to introduce the Dr. Who and Firefly themes.

      • And then we get home and he wants to watch “the one about the raccoons”. After some back and forth trying to get more detail about “the one about the raccoons” I realize he’s talking about PBS Nature’s raccoon episode that we watched for resting time a month ago. Also, there’s never too much Star Wars.

  4. If the first questions you need to ask when listening to a project proposal from your kids are is it legal and is it safe. They want to learn how to pick locks one time. A quick search revealed that possession of lock picking tools where I live is in itself illegal. We covered the theory and watched some cool youtube videos.

    This summer they want to make a full sized viking long boat. I don’t have the tools, material or know how. I’m not sure what I am going to do. I am thinking of having them make chests instead.

    Edit to my last comment: the first sentence starts ‘My son when he was’ I was distracted by a screaming 5 year old.

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