MacRecipes, nothing to do with Apples and everything to do with Angus

If you ever take a trip through The Periodic Table of Nerdery (and I highly recommend you do, because it’s funny and interesting) you will learn that many, many nerds look to Angus MacGyver as either a hero or favorite fictional nerd.

Now that you are armed with that knowledge, take a gander at the awesome that is MacRecipes. The website collects all the “recipes” MacGyver used to create the, er, inventions? I can’t think of a word for his creations, and danger-averting and/or crisis-avoiding mechanisms just seems awkward.

So yes, now, if you’re ever wondering how Mac stopped a sulfuric acid leak (chocolate bars), you’ve got a resource. However, there seems to be no recipe on how to create a majestic MacGyver mullet. My guess is it’s two 2 Salon Selectives Styling Mousse + 1 part Dippty Do, and just a touch of V05 hairspray for control and shine.

Great Moments in Nerdery: The name’s Jankov. Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov

Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov

Said Norwegian bus driver Andreas Jankov, who legally lengthened his name to Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov (seen here displaying new drivers license): “I wanted to show that it is possible to be serious and at the same time take the name you like. I wanted to see how far I could take it with respect to the number of names.”

Mr. Jankov, we salute you. See you at a Vikings game?

35 best fictional nerds, in honor of Nerd Pride Day

As you know, yesterday was International Nerd Pride Day. Unfortunately, this year Nerd Pride Day was usurped here in the US by Memorial Day. At The Nerdery, we’re okay with that, because everyday is nerd pride day here. But in the interest of education and spreading the pride to those who don’t get to inhabit this building, we’re presenting you with a list of our favorite (and therefore the best, right?) fictional nerds.


In no particular order:

  1. Doc Brown, “Back to The Future
  2. Sylar, “Heroes
  3. Hiro Protagonist, Snow Crash
  4. Underdog
  5. Tony Stark
  6. Chris Knight, “Real Genius
  7. Mouse, “The Matrix”
  8. Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye
  9. Donatello
  10. Data, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”
  11. Scotty, “Star Trek”
  12. Wash, “Firefly”
  13. Grissom, “CSI”
  14. Jordan Cochran, “Real Genius
  15. Bunsen Honeydew, “The Muppet Show”
  16. Beakman
  17. Lazlo Hollyfield, “Real Genius”
  18. McLovin, “SuperBad”
  19. Batman
  20. MacGyver
  21. Columbo
  22. Spider-man
  23. Bean, Ender’s Game
  24. Mike, Tony, and Cynthia, “Dazed and Confused
  25. Hubert Farnsworth, “Futurama”
  26. Marmaduke
  27. Bernard, Day of the Tentacle.
  28. Seraph, “Matrix Reloaded
  29. Dr. Manhattan, Watchmen
  30. Neo, “The Matrix”
  31. Linus, “Peanuts”
  32. Geordi La Forge, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”
  33. Ray Arnold, “Jurassic Park
  34. Brain, “Animaniacs”
  35. Jo, Little Women

Who’s your favorite fictional nerd?