Get ready to pull out those Rubik's Cubes and graphic novels because it's Geek Pride Day! Not only does Tuesday mark the official geek holiday, May 25 is also Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. As if that weren't enough it is also the anniversary of the premiere of the first Star Wars film. All of these convergences are enough to truly make a geek giddy with excitement.
In 2006, at the holiday's inception, a list of the "Rights of geeks" was created, which you can read here. So, in direct accordance with the "right to show off your geekiness", and in an effort to inspire our geeky brethren, College News has five fun ways for you to show your geekiness -- on campus and off.
Buy some tickets to w00tstock
Chances are that this is the greatest show you've never heard of. Created by the comedy-music duo Paul and Storm, w00tstock is best described as "three hours of geeks and music".
Originally conceived as a show featuring Paul and Storm as well as geek cult icons Wil Wheaton and "Mythbuster" Adam Savage, the group has been touring the country. They are stopping next in Chicago on June 6 and Minneapolis on June 7.
And, to make w00tstock even more incredible, the line-up for this leg of the tour has expanded to include "Mystery Science Theater 3000" alums Trace Beaulieu, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy. (Be still my geeky heart). So be like the other cool kids, i.e. yours truly, and score yourself some tickets to geek nirvana.
Learn more and buy tickets on Paul and Storm's site here.
Arrange a dorm-wide Star Wars screening
There's nothing quite like watching a movie with a group of friends -- especially when that movie is one of the most iconic films ever made. Celebrate the day that George Lucas introduced the world to Luke, Han and Leia by arranging a dorm-wide -- or better yet, campus-wide -- screening of Star Wars and the rest of the series. Just make sure you stay true to the integrity of the films and watch the original versions, not the overdone remastered versions. Because, let's be honest, Han totally shot first.
Become campus Ghostbusters
Do yourself and your school a favor by grabbing a few of your geekiest friends to take it upon yourselves to rid the campus of paranormal beings. Using the films as inspiration, fashion your own proton packs and show the rest of the student body and faculty that you ain't 'fraid of no ghosts! If only Hi-C hadn't discontinued Ecto Cooler, then the geek gods would truly be smiling upon you.
Arrange an Atari/Nintendo tourney
Forget the Wii and X-box. Break out the Atari or Nintendo and challenge your roommates to some old-school gaming. Whether you pick "Pac-Man", "Q-Bert" or the original "Super Mario Bros.", give your copy of "Guitar Hero" a rest for the night and pay tribute to the gods of geek-gaming Nolan Bushnell and Shigeru Miyamoto.
Hold an "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance
Back to the Future is, undoubtedly, one of the most iconic geek films of all time. The flux capacitor and DeLorean have all pervaded our culture, after all. So why not celebrate the event that brought Marty McFly's parents together. Be sure to break out the 50s style clothing and play "Johnny B. Goode" and "Earth Angel". And for those unfamiliar or unwilling to participate, just tell them "I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet, but your kids are gonna love it."
However you decide to celebrate the day, just remember two things: bring your towel and don't panic.