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  1. YEAR-END LIST: The Top 20 Nerdy Things of 2016

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    Written by Jessica Uelmen, Cap Blackard, and Matt Spill

    Let’s first address the elephant in the room: 2016 was a dumpster fire. But we’re not here to talk about that! No, we’re here to regale you with tales of the most nerdy occurrences this forsaken year had to offer. From sci-fi short films to WWE wrestling, and tech innovations to must-read comics; 2016 was actually a pretty great year for geek happenings. (more…)

  2. Nerdy Show :: The 2016 FINAL BOSS – Top 20 Nerdy Things of the Year!

    top20_16The Nerdy Show Network’s flagship podcast unloads on the latest geek news and happenings – and in this case all the greatest geeky happenings of the year!

    We’re not going to beat around the bush, 2016 has been a mess. But in spite of tragedies, loss, and injustice aplenty, there’s been some spectacular achievements and innovations; from high science, to the most popcorn of pop culture, and everything in-between. That‘s what our annual Top 20 Nerdy Things list is all about: counting down the best, geekiest people, places, achievements, media, and more that the year has to offer and ranking them with the only measurement of any relevance left on this forsaken rock: nerdiness.

    Join Cap and Jess along with a rotating cast of faces from around The Nerdy Show Network (Doug, Jon, Brandon, Aaron, La Valle, Oral, Max, and Briggs) as we cast arbitrary and subjective judgements on topical geekitudes. We share all the deets and feels on what made this collection of cultural oddities shine amidst this bleak year, say goodbye to our favorite celebrities, and even award a few superlatives to some fine specimens that didn’t make the Top 20 cut.

    If you find yourself lost and looking for meaning, these tremendously awesome happenings just might restore your faith in humanity. (more…)

  3. Nerdy Show 243 :: The 2015 FINAL BOSS – Top 20 Nerdy Things of the Year!

    ep243Every other week, The Nerdy Show Network’s flagship podcast unloads on the latest geek news and happenings – and in this case all the greatest geeky happenings of the year!

    It’s the moment you’ve been waiting all year for: your friends at Nerdy Show have once more completed the impossible (and some argue unnecessary) task of ranking the Top 20 Nerdiest Things of the Year. Our list heralds from all facets of society: from science to game shows and pop culture to technology. We’ve run the gamut, collected a host of nerdy topics, and ranked them on a completely arbitrary and unscientific scale.

    Join Cap, boR, Jon, Jess, Doug, and Brandon on a Magical Mystery Tour through the peculiar future-present landscape of this strange and amazing year. Not only do we have to distill an entire year of achievements down to 20 items and a smattering of superlatives, but we’ve only got three minutes on the timer to describe them! The clock is literally ticking as all that was 2015 comes to an explosive end. Listen in as we relive and reveal everything that made the year great. (more…)

  4. YEAR-END LIST: The Top 20 Nerdy Things of 2015

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    It’s the moment you’ve been waiting all year for: your friends at Nerdy Show have once more completed the impossible (and some argue unnecessary) task of ranking the top 20 nerdiest things of the year.

    Our list heralds from all facets of society: from science to game shows and pop culture to technology. We’ve run the gamut, collected a host of nerdy topics, and ranked them on a completely arbitrary and unscientific scale (save for the Google Sheets wizardry Jess cast to tally everyone’s votes). It’s always a heatedly debated list, but this year there is one glaring omission you’re sure to notice: The Force Awakens. The Star Wars frenzy is in full effect, pushing global nerd energies to ice cap melting extremes. In this case, that’s a good thing – but we felt it fair to omit the biggest player on the board so the rest could have a chance to shine. (more…)

  5. YEAR-END LIST: The Top Nerdy Things of 2015 – Superlatives

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    Every year the Nerdy Show crew mash our collective heads together to figure out the Top 20 Nerdy Things of the Year. Competition is always fierce and divisive. When you’re dealing with as subjective a quantifier as “nerdiness” things just don’t stack the same as your average “best of” lists. That why this year we’ve foregone the usual Honorable Mentions and created a series of superlatives to give due recognition to the more specific notes of nerd awesomeness that rocked us in the wily year of 2015. (more…)

  6. YEAR-END LIST: The Top 20 Nerdy Things of 2014

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    2014, you wily beast… We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve partied, and we’ve run the gauntlet. All that’s left is the ultimate challenge – the FINAL BOSS that is Nerdy Show‘s annual “Top 20 Nerdy Things” list. The list that makes all other year-end countdowns cower in shame.

    What makes our Top 20 so brutal? We subject the year’s pop culture, achievements in science & technology, and world happenings to a test of might that leaves titans shattered: we rank them on nerdiness.  No sane person would dare compare a major motion picture against scientific achievement – but, for the betterment of humanity, we do. (more…)

  7. The Top 20 Nerdy Things of 2013

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    We proudly present our 5th annual Top 20 Nerdy Things list!

    Since 2009 it’s been our solemn duty to create a list ranking the “Top 20 Nerdy Things” of the year.  We take all of pop culture, science & technology, and world happenings and subject them to a number of life-or-death challenges akin to Highlanders battling one another for the quickening, or The Hunger Games for you younglings.  Those topics that remain, the experts here at Nerdy Show judge by the truest qualifying factor we know: Nerdiness.  No sane person would dare rank scientific achievements against video game releases – but, for the betterment of humanity, we do. (more…)

  8. Nerdy Show :: 2012 Final Boss – Top 20 Nerdy Things Year-End List!

    Our yearly list returns!  Once more we DARE to throw common sense to the wind and rank the TOP 20 NERDY THINGS of the year.  We compare movies to scientific discovery, music to video games – we rank everything that’s happened by the truest qualifier we know: Nerdiness.

    Join Cap, Hex, Brandon, Colin, and Jon as we reminisce about the hellride that was 2012.  The highs and lows, our favorite happenings, and the biggest fails of the year.  You can jump right ahead and read the list here, or you can check out this episode and find out why and how we came to these insane judgements. (more…)

  9. Nerdy Show :: 2010 FINAL BOSS

    Our annual list of the Top 20 Nerdy THINGS!

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