I Can Kill You with My Brain and Other Conversational Helpers
by Kevin Rigdon (@pralix1138)
From time immemorial (not literally, of course, just in case Sheldon Cooper is reading this) there has been a common feature of all nerd gatherings, and communications. It’s something so commonplace when nerds are talking to one another that I wonder if we even think about it at all. This phenomenon is the flurry of quotes from pop culture.
Sometimes while conversing with my friends, we’ll have entire conversations made up of nothing but quotes and references from our favorite movies, television shows, songs, books, and fortune cookies. Heck, half our gaming sessions involve quoting The Princess Bride or Star Wars, or pretty much anything with Bruce Campbell in it. It’s become so habitual that while talking with those uninitiated in the nerd arts, I’ll fire off a quote, not even realizing that I’ve done so. That is, until I get the “What the…?” look in response. Disheartening, really. It’s up to us, good people. We must change the world, one nerd quote at a time.
So, since we have a home on the internet here at The Nerd Machine, and we gather to read articles, chat, buy nerd merch, and see what’s up in pop culture, I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite quotes with our fellow nerds. I’m starting our pop-culture quote fest with my top ten favorites that I try to slip into conversations whenever possible. I hope, in the comments, you’ll add yours. Quote anything, just remember to keep it PG-13.
(It was nigh impossible to limit myself to 10 quotes. They kept changing on me. You, however, are under no such restrictions, so comment away!)
10: “Hey, dog. D’you see the size of that chicken?” – Dirty Steve, Young Guns
9: “What the smeggin smeg is he smeggin doin?” – Lister, Red Dwarf
8: “There’s only one God, ma’am, and I’m pretty sure He doesn’t dress like that.” – Captain America, The Avengers
7: “Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say ‘YES!’” – Winston Zeddmore, Ghostbusters
6: “I am not crazy, my mother had me tested.” – Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory
5: “So let me get this straight. You wanna fly on a magic carpet to see the king of the Potato People and plead with him for your freedom, and you’re telling me you’re all completely sane?” – Rimmer, Red Dwarf
4: “Curse your sudden, but inevitable, betrayal.” – Wash, Firefly
3: “And, isn’t sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you’re good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit. ” – The Tick
2: “Why is it whenever someone says ‘with all due respect’, they really mean ‘kiss my ass’?” – Ashley Williams, Mass Effect
1: “Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Gilder to frame for it; I’m swamped.” – Prince Humperdinck, The Princess Bride