Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Are Potterheads Nerds?

I have often wondered whether it is fair to call serious Harry Potter fans "nerds". There are similarities to typical nerds, but there are differences as well. Potterheads read actual books on paper that don't have the word "Star" in the title. Here on the eve of the opening of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part One, Daniel Ratcliffe deposits a solid of helping of evidence in the "pro" category of the nerd debate by reciting Tom Lehrer's Element Song from memory. Pretty impressive.

BUT is it more impressive than Al Franken drawing a map of the United States from memory?

Is Al Franken a nerd? Just because you're smart and you know a good party trick, that doesn't make you a nerd, right?

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