There's deep, dark, perhaps embarrassing connection that all us geeks share. It's that first moment when we realized just how special we really were, and that only a handful of people would ever understand our irrational love of sci-fi and boot floppies.
So, with the launch of our new Geek Kids category, we thought we'd ask our Twitter friends
for their best geeky childhood moment in a single @thinkgeek tweet. Originally the prize was a single $25 gift certificate, but the response was so overwhelming (and wonderful) that we expanded the field to 4 winners.
We received a total of 170 entries, all of them unique and beautiful snowflakes; Timmy had his judging work cut out for him. The top four winners are below, followed by runners-up that are too good spin out in the Twitter vortex unloved:
Best first geek moment
firepile: When I was a wee babe, my parents waited for my first word. My sister's was "Daddy." Mine? "Batman." That's when they knew.
shaebay: My mom was playing Mario when she went into labor with me, and didn't go to the hospital until she had completed the level
Best Mario + fire moment
benjamingeiger: Playing Super Mario Brothers at age 6-ish. House catches on fire. I keep playing until my dad picks me up and carries me out.
Most ridiculously sublime
angiek42: I wrote a Star Trek: The Next Generation musical when I was 13. I still have the book and audiotape of music I made.
Runners-up who won warm fuzzies and our admiration, but no actual prize:
Evilest use of geekitry
xpatch: got my 486 to page me via 14.4 a random 4 digit code when the mouse moved and play the CD over 15" sub's My sister was so mad
Wiggly: I remember my dad bringing the Intellivision computer module home one night. I spent all night coding a pic of my cat in BASIC.
Geekiest parent no. 2
heatherirvin: My dad and I made coffee table size maps of all the dungeons in NES: Deadly Towers w/ full detail of what was inside every room.
Should be embarrassed (but probably isn't)
Xial: TRS-80 on last legs, friend+me put out of misery w/bb guns. bb to monitor bounces, nails me in junk, knocks wind out of me. Ow.
If you want in on our next Twitter contest, follow @thinkgeek
, for product updates only). Got a contest idea or hints on how to share without retweeting 40 times during the day? Don't be shy!
And if you have a geekling in your life that needs a little reinforcement on this most special of life's paths, we actually have kid-centric stuff now
. If you can't find what you're looking for, or want to suggest ideas for mini-geek products, we'd lurve to hear from you.