Quiz: Are you a true nerd?

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Quiz: Are you a true nerd?
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So, you pride yourself on math proficiency and an intimate knowledge of Wookiee mating rituals. But do you really know everything there is to know about nerd culture?
The TV series "Firefly," a cult favorite among nerds, was a mashup of sci-fi with what other genre?
westerns
sword-and-sorcery
espionage thrillers
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The series "Firefly" combined sci-fi and western genres.

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Who has been given credit for coining the term "nerd"?
Philip K. Dick
George Lucas
Dr. Seuss
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Wrong Answer

No one's totally sure who coined the term "nerd," but there's some evidence it could have been children's book author Dr. Seuss, who used it in 1950 book "If I Ran the Zoo," according to Boston.com.

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Which of these is associated with nerdiness?
science
fantasy game playing
both
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Nerdiness is often associated with science and/or fantasy game playing.

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Which of these superheroes does not have a nerdy alter-ego?
Superman
Spider-Man
Batman
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Batman's alter-ego Bruce Wayne is debonair, not nerdy.

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What innovation did sci-fi author Philip K. Dick introduce to nerdiness?
wearing glasses with tape on them
spelling it "nurd"
liking "Star Wars"
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Philip K. Dick spelled the word "nurd" instead of "nerd."

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Which of these Web sites bills itself as "News for Nerds"?
Slashdot
Wired
i09
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Slashdot bills itself as "News for Nerds."

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What date is National Nerd Pride Day?
May 25th
June 6th
January 12th
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

According to National Nerd Pride Day's Facebook page, it occurs on May 25th.

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Which country has a reality TV show in which a group of nerds form a soccer team?
Germany
England
Netherlands
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

In the Dutch TV show "FC Zulu," a group of nerds forms a soccer team.

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Who uttered the quote, "What they lack in physical strength, they make up in brain power?"
Conan the Barbarian
Jabba the Hutt
Nerdator
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The Nerdator, a character in the animated series "Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!" spoke those words.

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Which franchise's story line takes place first, chronologically?
"Star Trek"
"Star Wars"
They're simultaneous.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

"Star Wars" takes place in the distant past, while "Star Trek" begins in the 22nd century.

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What is the fabled 13th human colony in "Battlestar Galactica"?
New Uranus
Zebron 12
Earth
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Wrong Answer

The fabled 13th human colony in the cosmos actually is Earth.

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What did the nuclear physicist have for lunch?
cesium salad
fission chips
atomic barbeque
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Wrong Answer

The punchline to this nerd joke is "fission chips."

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What is the current record for solving Pi?
2,452 digits
10 million digits
5 trillion digits
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Wrong Answer

The new record for calculating Pi, established in October 2011, is 5 trillion digits.

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What book did Comic Book Guy translate into Klingon for his masters thesis in "The Simpsons"?
"The Little Prince"
"Lord of the Rings"
"Beowulf"
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Wrong Answer

Comic Book Guy translated "Lord of the Rings" into Klingon for his masters thesis in folklore and mythology.

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What does the third initial in J.R.R. Tolkien's name stand for?
Ronald
Romulus
Reuel
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Wrong Answer

The third initial in J.R.R. Tolkien's name stands for Reuel.

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Is the theoretical Higgs boson particle bigger or smaller than a proton?
smaller
bigger
same size
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Wrong Answer

The theoretical Higgs boson is estimated to be about 1/100th the size of a proton.

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What is Captain Picard's customary spoken order to subordinates?
"Just do it."
None -- he uses telepathy.
"Make it so."
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Wrong Answer

Captain Picard customarily issues orders by saying, "Make it so."

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What is an "RPG" in nerdspeak?
"rocket-propelled grenade"
"role-playing game"
"relativistic prophet-ghostlord"
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Wrong Answer

"RPG" is an abbreviation for "role-playing game."

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Which of these is an acceptable alternative term for "hobbit"?
"elflord"
"wizard"
"halfling"
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Wrong Answer

"Halfling" is another word for "hobbit."

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Which of these creatures lives in tunnels in the Warhammer fictional universe?
Orcs
Skaven
Undead
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Wrong Answer

The Skaven live in an "Under Empire" of tunnels.

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