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Today is Embrace Your Geekness Day

By: Trent Bartley
Posted: July 13, 2021 04:40

Dust off your wizarding robes, collect those Poké Balls, and charge up your lightsabers. What's YOUR Flavor of Fandom?

Dust off your wizarding robes, collect those Poké Balls, and charge up your lightsabers. What's YOUR Flavor of Fandom?

Dust off your wizarding robes, collect those Poké Balls, and charge up your lightsabers. What's YOUR Flavor of Fandom?

    

     Once upon a time, geekiness may have been something popularly frowned upon, a time when self-proclaimed nerds would shutter away their comic books and wizarding capes in the hopes that they wouldn’t live to see another day when their glasses needed taping. And while geekness may have been a social taboo in the past, today, it has become a symbol of creativity and passion!

     The term ‘geek’ was used to refer to circus performers in the Victorian age. Before that, a geek was simply a ‘freak’ as used in the English language or a ‘fool’ in German. These oddballs were put on display in traveling geek shows and circuses where they would eat the head off of a live chicken or snake. 

     It wasn’t until the mid- to late 20th century that the term ‘geek’ arose as we know it today: someone who is fanatic about the fantasy worlds of superheroes and/or magic. And while those who were openly geekish used to be the victims of swirlies and being shoved into lockers, today, the term has become popularly and warmly embraced as more and more people reveal themselves to be even a little bit geeky. 

     While the specific origins of the holiday are unknown, Embrace Your Geekness Day was founded by Wellcat Holidays to celebrate all things geek. Rather than allow geeks to suffer for their devoted love of warlocks and wizards, superheroes and supervillains, Embrace Your Geekness Day is a chance to celebrate the inner geek in all of us.

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Embrace Your Geekness Day timeline

 
1890
The First Comic Book Ever

British reporter Alfred Harmsworth launches “Comic Cuts,” which runs for 3006 issues.

 
1922
Stan Lee is Born

The legend wrote the Marvel Comic Series, giving us classic characters like Hulk, Captain America, and the X-Men.

 
1937
“The Hobbit” is Published

J.R.R. Tolkein’s legendary “The Hobbit” is published as a prequel to his “The Lord of the Rings” series.

 
1974
“Dungeons and Dragons” is Born

The popular fantasy role-playing game is written by two friends and authors and has since launched numerous spin-offs and inspired many gamers to write their own versions.

 

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