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NERD Symptoms

Are you feeling an uncontrollable desire to watch reruns of Star Trek? Visiting museums more frequently than normal? Regurgitating the latest factoids you learned last night from the Discovery Channel special feature? Are you worried you might have caught The NERD?

If you think that someone, including yourself, might have caught The NERD but aren’t sure what to look for, we can help. While The NERD infection has a variety of complex and seemingly-unrelated symptoms, there are some that are more common than others. Keep in mind that each individual case manifests in different ways, so you might have all or none of the following symptoms. 

Current known symptoms:

  • Heightened interest in intellectual and academic pursuits, including but not limited to biology, chemistry, physics, geology, anthropology and even psychology
  • Obsessive behaviors including but not limited to collecting, memorizing, reciting and hoarding of intellectual materials
  • Inability to understand how others are not fascinated by their particular nerdy fetish
  • A lack of fashion sense, or at least a bizarre one. (e.g. this )
  • Pronounced interest in emotionally mature and complex materials like advanced physics or computing
  • Pronounced interest in emotionally immature materials like comic books and animated television
  • Finds puns particularly funny, for no obvious reason
  • Abnormal levels of attraction to other infected people, who they consider “smart” and “interesting” 
  • Prone to creative outlets of their obsessions like shanties or themed haikus
  • Embraces the title of “geek,” “nerd,” or “dork” willingly – possibly a little too excitedly 

This list is continually updated – if you believe you are infected and have symptoms that are not on this list please let me know so I can add them. This site is about awareness and understanding – the more we know, the more we can understand the afflicted and sympathize to their plight. 

The main thing to realize is that, if you or a friend has caught The NERD, you are not alone. There is support for your disease, and a growing network of like-minded individuals who have fallen victim themselves. Please join us!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2009 9:38 pm

    Ok, this isn’t finny! My 8 year old is watching the oriignal Star Trek on the computer right now (“The Trouble with Tribbles” aka Season 2 episode 15). I think he may be totally infected!

    It’s really become a problem since he has taken most of my journal papers and is organizing them by date within subjects. I think he got the infection from my wife – she keeps raiding all my bio and chem books. Even when I put them on the highest shelf, I come down in the morning to find many of them stacked by her chair!

    What can I do? Is there any hope?

  2. April 24, 2009 12:28 pm

    Hey, squid hat is the new black! We’re not bizarre, we’re trendsetters!

    • April 25, 2009 3:13 am

      I have to say I’ve really been wanting one of those totally cool squid hats. Kevin crab is nice and all, but the squid is seriously cool. Where can I get one?

  3. spacewritinguy permalink
    April 27, 2009 1:25 am

    Again, NERD is not a problem as long as it is treated as a superior adaptation to the world and not a result of a sickness from the real world.

  4. Thejawalord permalink
    May 19, 2009 10:18 pm

    Well I have been infected since I was 3 and I’m 12 now.I really love star wars so much ugh its so awesome,I LOVE JAWAS.

    I’ve been called a dork/nerd/geek all of the time I use to be called a neek or a gerd = nerd/geek

  5. Thejawalord permalink
    May 20, 2009 12:09 pm

    I don’t want to be cured I like it.So don’t try to cure me of the Nerd.

    • May 20, 2009 12:14 pm

      Oh, we have no intention of curing the infection – we’re fairly certain that such a cure is virtually impossible. No, we only seek to understand it, and support those who have it.

  6. Rich permalink
    August 7, 2009 12:59 am

    Well as a NERD infectee, you usually want to expand the nerdiness as you realize the possibilities of the NERD infection. Largely your white blood cell count goes down and your brain cell count goes up. Sometimes you may even need a new brain case to fit that increasingly large mass. But in any case I see the NERD INFECTION as an incurable disease that will progress into old age until it runs into Alzeheimer’s. Which is fine, because then you can enjoy a life free of the former infection.


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