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Embrace Your Geekness Day – July 13, 2022

From Dungeons and Dragons to Aquaman: if you’re into any sort of fandom and not afraid to show it, Embrace Your Geekness Day on July 13 is for you. It’s time to dust off your wizarding robes, collect those Poké Balls, and charge up your lightsabers. No fan is greater or more creative than that of any fantasy land, and today is about embracing your love for your favorite fandoms.

History of Embrace Your Geekness Day

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.

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.

Embrace Your Geekness Day FAQs

What does Best Buy have to do with it?

Not too much. The popular ‘Geek Squad’ that works on technological repairs isn’t quite in the same genre as someone passionate about a fandom or a fantasy world. 

 

Are there any specials today?

Could be! Historically, popular bars and restaurants have thrown geek-themed nights with geek-themed food and drink specials. Check your local area to see if there’s anywhere close to you!

 

Can I still participate without a costume?

You don’t have to have a costume to embrace your geekness! Grab some cards, memorabilia, or even your favorite movies! You can host a watch party with themed food or just fly solo enjoying your favorites on your own.

Embrace Your Geekness Day Activities

  1. Host a trivia night

    Get your geek squad together for a fun ‘who knows it best’ round or two. Whether you’re for “Star Trek” or “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” or “Lord of the Rings,” put your skills and knowledge to the test against your fiercest competitors. favorite scenes.

  2. Throw a movie marathon

    Grab some popcorn and pull up a seat — time to settle in for the long haul. Have fun watching your favs while you dissect their plots and scientific- or historical accuracy. Bonus points if your fandom was first a book series and you can point out all the book to movie discrepancies.

  3. Create your own re-enactment

    Don’t wait for the Renaissance Fair or Comicon to pull out that dusty costume. It’s time to don your trusty guise and be loud and proud of your favorite fandoms! Whether you’ve got wizarding robes or Superman’s cape, today’s the day to show them a little love by re-enacting your

5 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT POKÉMON

  1. There are over 800

    The phrase “gotta catch ’em all” gets more daunting each year as the number keeps growing.

  2. Pikachu is in his 20s

    The popular and most recognizable Pickachu turned 20 years old in 2016.

  3. It’s everywhere

    Pokémon may have started as a trading game but it has since launched into video games, TV series, anime series, movies, and even plush toys.

  4. Rhydon was the first-ever Pokémon

    Furry yellow Pikachu may be the face of the franchise, but Rhydon was the first-ever drawn Pokémon, even though he ranks 112 in the Pokedex.

  5. Pikachu is a real word

    In Japanese, Pikachu is onomatopoeia for squeaking and shaking.

Why We Love Embrace Your Geekness Day

  1. You get to be someone/thing else for the day

    Leave the real world and human limitations behind. Embracing your geekiness means letting your imagination run loose and pretending you can fly, run at lightning speed, or have incredible strength. Hey, who wouldn’t prefer going to Hogwarts over high school?

  2. Your prized collections could be worth millions

    All of that memorabilia you’ve been collecting for years could actually be selling for quite a nice chunk of dough these days if you look for the right buyer. Not that you’d want to let go of your mint in-plastic comics, but it’s nice to know they could save you in a pinch.

  3. There’s no one genre

    Geekness spans all things fantasy, from sci-fi, to superhero, to anime, to wizardry! There’s no one genre that makes a geek, so whatever your favorite fandom, you can rest assured there are millions of other geeks worldwide who share your passion for alternate universes.

Embrace Your Geekness Day dates

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