It is a little known and little appreciated fact that nerds age exceptionally well.
Pro Atheletes—- do not age so well.
Davey Allison, 32
Died in 1993 in a helicopter crash, which he was piloting. He was a NASCAR race car driver and won many races in his career, including the Daytona 500.
Arthur Ashe, 49
Died in 1993 from an HIV infection related to a blood transfusion. He was a professional tennis player and winner of Wimbledon and the US Open. He also won the men’s NCAA tennis title in college. He was a civil rights activist and humanitarian, and a proponent of youth education and sports participation.
Roberto Clemente, 38
Died in 1972 in an airplane crash while bringing relief aid to Central America. He was a Hall of Fame baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His death came while he was still an active baseball player.
Ernie Davis, 23
Died in 1963 due to leukemia. NFL running back for the Cleveland Browns.. He was the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. His life’s story was made into a movie entitled “The Express”.
Dale Earnhardt, 49
Died in 2001 from an auto accident. Dale suffered a fatal head injury while running the last lap of the 2001 Daytone 500. He was a NASCAR driver who had many racing victories over his career. And his son, Dale Jr also competes on the NASCAR circuit.
Rock stars also tend not to age well….
Nerds, in contrast, really start hitting their stride in the second half of life.
I know—- I’m one.
In the spirit of nerd celebration and with the goal of pulling back the curtain on a corner of the social media universe unfamiliar to most ChangingAging readers I present…
From the Urban dictionary…
Nerds who fight, usually against popular people. This term originated from the videoblog Brotherhood 2.0. John Green, one of the two participants in the videoblog, noticed a game called Nerd Fighters at an airport. Eventually, the viewers of the videoblog began being dubbed nerdfighters.
Nerdfighters are considered to be “made of awesome” by John, Hank (the other participant in the videoblog), and other nerdfighters. The nerdfighters often send in pictures of nerdfighter related activities to the videoblog, such as nerdfighter embroidered pillows. It is unknown what will happen to nerdfighting when the videoblog ends.
As an adjective:
“Bob is pretty nerdfighter.”
As a noun:
“Bob is a nerdfighter.”
As a verb:
“Yeah, I totally nerdfought my way through that.”
As a group:
“The nerdfighters killed Bob’s family.”
In this video John and Hank give a brief overview of the first three years of the vlogbrothers youtube channel, discussing, among other topics: Puppy sized elephants, the Yeti, the Katherine, their real jobs, nerdfighters, nerdfighteria, Hank’s web site, John’s books, John’s refusal to blink, Ze Frank, decepticons, DFTBA, stuff on heads, gatherings, french the llama, puff levels, giant squids of angers, tiny chicken disease, secret siblings, in your pants, and other details of nerdfighteria.
Also, in case you have been thinking about conjoined twins— Nerdfighters have the real story.