17
May
09

Geek Pride Day

From the wikki…

Nerd Pride Day, or Geek Pride Day, is an initiative which claims the right of every person to be a nerd or a geek. Of Spanish origin (“día del orgullo friki” in Spain), it is celebrated nowadays among Spanish frikis (an equivalent of geeks and nerds).[1]

This day is celebrated on May 25 since 2006, celebrating the premiere of the first Star Wars movie in 1977.

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[edit] Origins

In 2006, this day was celebrated for the first time all over Spain and on the Internet, thanks to the publicity given by some media as:

The biggest concentration took place in Madrid, where 300 Geeks demonstrated their pride together with a human pacman.

[edit] 2007 celebration

In 2007, the celebration counted with more help from Official institutions (as the Price Circus in Madrid) and has been more widely celebrated throughout Spain. Official acts were announced in Pilar de la Horadada, Cádiz, Huesca, Calaf, Huelva and Valencia. A Nerd Blood Donation campaign took place. Among other acts, the movie “Gritos en el pasillo” (“Screams in the corridor”) was presented.

[edit] 2008 Geek Pride Day comes to America

In 2008, Geek Pride Day crossed the Atlantic, and was officially celebrated in America, where it was heralded by numerous bloggers, coalescing around the launch of the GeekPrideDay website. Math author, Euler Book Prize winner, and geek blogger John Derbyshire not only did a shout out, but announced [2] that he would be appearing in the Fifth Avenue parade, dressed as number 57, on the prime number float – prompting some bloggers to say they’d be looking for him.

By 2009, acknowledgment of the day had reached the Science Channel, with special programming on May 25th to celebrate.

[edit] 2009 Geek Pride Day comes to Ottawa, Canada

Nerd Pride Day is set to come to Canada in May 2009, with festivities planned in Ottawa, Canada, the capital city. Ottawa is home to the Canada Science and Technology Museum as well, the Ottawa Chess Club, and a notable research centre in Canada.[3]

[edit] Basic rights and responsibilities of nerds

A manifesto was created to celebrate the first Nerd Pride Day which included the following list of basic rights and responsibilities of nerds.[1]

Rights:

  1. The right to be even nerdier.
  2. The right to not leave your house.
  3. The right to not have a significant other and to be a virgin.
  4. The right to not like football or any other sport.
  5. The right to associate with other nerds.
  6. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
  7. The right to have all the nerdy friends that you want.
  8. The right to not be “in-style.”
  9. The right to be overweight and have poor eyesight.
  10. The right to show off your nerdiness.
  11. The right to take over the world.

Responsibilities:

  1. Be a nerd, no matter what.
  2. Try and be nerdier than anyone else.
  3. If there is a discussion about something nerdy, you must give your opinion.
  4. Save any and all nerdy things you have.
  5. Do everything you can to show off your nerdy stuff as though it were a “museum of nerdiness.”
  6. Don’t be a generalized nerd. You must specialize in something.
  7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every nerdy 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 nerddom.
  10. Try to take over the world!

Interestingly, it falls on the same day as Towell Day….

Now then, people, who fits what catergory, hmm?

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2 Responses to “Geek Pride Day”


  1. 1 lizaanne
    May 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Ah, the perfect day to go and see the new Star Trek movie for the second time, then, huh. 🙂
    Brilliant!

  2. 2 wyn
    May 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    This sounds like so much effort… I’ve not stood in line for a new film since I was 9 (Return of the Jedi). You see, I’m a nerd who by and large prefers his own company and that of his PC rather than other people. Standing in line will necessarily involve me coming into contact with other people…urgh! At 37 it’s depressing how many of the charter I already comply with though. You should see my study, it’s Nerdvana! I am a specialised nerd as well, it’s Dr Who or nothing for me. I’ve dabbled with other areas (e.g. Firefly) but they’re just weird (pot and kettle anyone?).


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