Collector Opens a Magic Card Worth $25,000, Absolutely Flips His Shit

There's a good reason the guy in this video is completely losing his shit over the Magic: The Gathering cards he just opened. The deck he's unwrapping, from Magic's very first set, now sells for nearly $6,000—and he just turned an enormous profit. » 10/14/14 12:19pm 10/14/14 12:19pm

​What is the nerdiest fandom on the hierarchy of nerds?

Greetings, post-apocalyptic postal service users! I heard you all are experiencing the "polar vortex," and there's some debate about whether it's a result of global warming, or proof that global warming is bunk, or whatever. As a person living in the future, I feel you all should know two things: 1) global warming is… » 1/08/14 8:22am 1/08/14 8:22am

It's 2014 -- does the term "geek" really have any meaning anymore?

Periodically you have to ask this question again. Geeks aren't just running some of the world's biggest companies — they're also the heroes of mega-hit TV series like Big Bang Theory; and, in the post-Snowden world, they're international political subversives. So what the hell is a geek anymore? » 1/06/14 7:00am 1/06/14 7:00am

The directors of Zero Charisma explain the war between nerds

When a classic, obsessed, socially-dysfunctional nerd named Scott meets a new wave hipster nerd named Miles, there a clash as epic as any Dungeons & Dragons battle. This conflict is examined by directors Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews in Zero Charisma, out on video-on-demand today. Both directors were kind enough to… » 10/08/13 2:40pm 10/08/13 2:40pm

TSA Attempts to Confiscate Chewbacca Actor's Light Saber-Shaped Cane

Last week, TSA agents in Denver detained actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, as they reportedly attempted to confiscate his light saber-shaped cane, which the 7-foot, 2-inch actor requires to walk. » 6/09/13 8:41pm 6/09/13 8:41pm

When the nerds go to war with the geeks, who will survive?

In this week’s “Postal Apocalypse,” you guys ask the tough questions about Game of Thrones, Avengers and cybernetic hand replacements, and I give you the hard answers, mostly because giving you soft answers sounds even dirtier. The mailbag is running low, so please don’t forget to send your questions to postman@io9.com » 3/20/13 8:00am 3/20/13 8:00am

Is "avoiding tropes" the same thing as telling fresh stories?

Often, it seems the highest praise you can give a story is to say it avoids a common trope. And thanks to the Internet, everyone, including creators, is hyper-aware of this. But do we cherish trope-avoidance, instead of fresh storytelling? » 7/16/10 11:55am 7/16/10 11:55am

Nerd Is The Word

Are you a geek or a nerd? Or neither, thankyouverymuch? Austin Grossman's pondering about whether or not it's time to drop the term "nerd" on Friday prompted much discussion, and not just about Answer 5. » 3/29/09 3:00pm 3/29/09 3:00pm

What Would The Ultimate Nerd Wish-Fulfillment Look Like?

Click to viewMovies just aren't doing a good enough job of pandering to our escapist wet dreams. A nerdy guy who turns into a green destructo-ape when you fuck with him? An MIT engineer who builds the ultimate super-armor? A clerk who turns super-killer? Bah! Hollywood could do a much, much better job than that of… » 7/02/08 10:01am 7/02/08 10:01am

How Would A Stormtrooper Get Naked?

Annalee is asking costumed fans roaming the halls of WonderCon one crucial question: How would they strip out of their costumes if they had to get naked really, really fast? She caught up with the an intrepid member of the Imperial Stormtrooper squad, complete with his own supply of Nerds candy. Stormtroopers have to… » 2/23/08 11:30am 2/23/08 11:30am