Everybody, there’s something I need to get off my chest: I am a nerd. Yes, I am an avid Boston sports fan. Yes, I spend too much time at the gym. But deep inside I am as weird as everyone else. I say everyone because I have a hunch that I am not alone: behind our mainstream interest and normal-person façades, we all have our oddities—our guilty pleasures, if you will. Below are a few of my nerdy secrets most people do not know about. I hope that this post can inspire others to share their guilty pleasures as well because let’s be honest: being a nerd is a lot more fun than being normal! Be sure to check out part two and part three!
I love Pokémon
As someone who spent his childhood trying to catch all 151, 251, and 386 Pokémon, I can safely say that I know way too much about these creatures. I structured my teams to counter anything the Elite Four could throw at me. Dragon type? No problem. Rival used Hyper Beam? I’ll just throw in a ghost type. I even bred my Pokémon so that they would know the most powerful attacks. My one shame is that I never trained my starter to level 100—I always turned to training other Pokémon when I approached the high eighties. Oh, and my crowning achievement? I caught 250 out of 251 creatures in Pokémon Silver.
I read classic literature in my spare time
Here’s another thing I have to admit: I have never read the Harry Potter books. It’s not that I don’t like fantasy or magic—I have spent 200-plus hours honing my Destruction and Alteration skills in Skyrim and Oblivion. The stories just don’t resonate with me. But do you know what does spark my interest? Melville. Ford Madox Ford. Hemingway. Twain. I love classic literature. It provides a window into a time that a history book cannot. A classic book lets you experience life in a different era, understand how people lived, how they thought, the types of….oh, I’m sorry, am I boring you? Please keep reading. Don’t leave.
Relativity and quantum mechanics are the coolest things ever
You probably don’t know many Economics majors who spend their time reading about Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. Even so, these numbers reveal fascinating truths about our universe. Did you know that time is relative? That mass warps the fabric of space-time? How about this for a mind-bender: people flying in airplanes age more quickly than people on the ground. All these amazing facts come from balanced mathematical equations. We may never be able to watch matter fall into a black hole, but the numbers tell us exactly what we’d see. Let’s go quantum: waves and particles are one of the same, and looking at photons and electrons changes them. See? Your fourth grade teacher was right! Math is cool!
So what are your nerdy secrets? Don’t be shy; please share them in the comments section below! As always, please like, share, or reblog this post if you enjoy it. Be sure to check me out on Twitter and Facebook as well. Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe for new content every Wednesday! IT’S FREE! Now go read part two and part three!
Comment question of the week
What’s your guilty secret?