Confessions of a nerd Part III

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 even more 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! Click here for part one and part two!

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“Sometimes all these equations make me sleepy.”

I can’t stop watching Pokémon

I’ve already confessed about how much I love Pokémon (I’m currently making my way through Pokémon White), but this brings it to a whole new level. Nintendo recently released a free iPhone and Android app called Pokémon TV. The app streams the episodes from every season of the Pokémon anime for free—and I’m hooked. I can’t believe I’d forgotten how awesome this show is. Whether battling gym leaders or exploring each region, Ash and friends have drawn me back into this amazing (yet shockingly twisted) world. As of now I’m halfway through season six. Thank goodness there are fifteen-plus seasons! Can anyone else recite Team Rocket’s motto by heart?

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My childhood, organized into a single app.

I read constitutional law books in my spare time

Not many people dare to take constitutional law in college (let’s be honest, it doesn’t have too sparkling a reputation), but among those who do I can’t imagine many spend their free time keeping up with it. Except for me. I have tasked myself with reading Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar’s recent thriller, America’s Unwritten Constitution, and I love it. Learning what America’s Founding Fathers thought as they pieced together the Constitution and how the state legislatures interpreted key clauses fascinates me—did you know the states originally read the First Amendment as protecting their state churches against federal intervention? Though I can’t see myself as a Supreme Court Justice anytime soon (have you seen how long those opinions are?), reading the Court’s history and keeping up with it remain a marvelous…oh, goodness. I’m boring you again. Please keep reading. Don’t leave.

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Party time.

The coolest part about sports is the science

I love sports. Mention any Boston team and I will defend it with the pride and irrationality of the most passionate fan. But do you know what the coolest part about sports is? The science behind them. Take baseball, for instance. Think you could play in the majors? In order to hit a 90mph fastball, you need a reaction time of 0.25 seconds—and that’s just to pull a swing off. Ever wondered how hard it would be to boomerang a soccer ball? Check out the video below! Sports science adds a whole new dimension to the games and shows how amazing our talents truly are. After all, there’s nothing quite like marveling at the angle of the go-ahead goal. Oh, and one piece of advice: never stand in front of slapshot.

Now it’s your turn!

You’ve read my nerdy secrets; now it’s your chance to share your own! Describe your deepest, darkest, nerdiest secrets in the comments section below, and I’ll feature your confession in Confessions of a nerd Part IV: Reader Edition! Better yet, I will include links to your blog or website—who doesn’t like free promotion? So there you have it! Now go to that comments section and confess!

So what do you think about my nerdy secrets? Don’t be shy; let me know 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!

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Click here for last week’s post: The 10 Most Annoying People in Your Facebook Feed! 

Other related articles:

5 Reasons Why Nerds Are the New Cool (Coffee Meets Bagel)

Being a Nerd is Not About What You Love; It’s About How You Love it (Will Wheaton)

Could You Hit a 90-MPH Fastball? (Living for Science)

10 Strange Things You Never Noticed About Pokémon

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Comment question of the week

What are your nerdy secrets? Don’t be shy! Share them and I will feature you in the next segment, Confessions of a nerd: Reader Edition, with links to your website or blog—that’s free promotion!

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