Imagine the Archie series written so that Dilton Doiley was the main hero. The idea sounds amusing, since nerds were never primary characters in comic/drama series or sitcoms till some time back. Then, in 2007, The Big Bang Theory entered the game and the scenario changed. The show made geek culture ‘cool’, while references to Star Wars or Star Trek (the two are completely different, by the way) became highly mainstream. TBBT led to an immense cultural shift in the portrayal and acceptance of the ‘skinny and brainy’. Nerds were no longer the characters who got bullied, but rose to become the heroes. Today is Geek Pride Day, the day to celebrate geek culture. For this ‘Nobel’ occasion, we bring you snippets from your favorite nerdy show. Here are the 10 geekiest lines from TBBT that prove that the show is absolutely genius:
A hilarious punch which will make you Google which country speaks Mandarin.
Howard: You know, I’m really glad you decided to learn Mandarin.
Howard: Once you’re fluent, you’ll have a billion more people to annoy instead of me.
An awkward conversation that only a geek can enjoy.
Penny: Ok, here you go Leonard. One tequila sunrise!
Leonard: Thank you! You know, this drink is a wonderful example of how liquids with different specific gravities interact in a cylindrical container!
The geek’s biggest dilemma:
Leonard: Sheldon, think this through. You’re going to ask Howard to choose between sex and Halo.
Sheldon: No, I’m going to ask him to choose between sex and HALO 3. As far as I know, sex has not been upgraded to include high-def graphics and enhanced weapons systems.
Leonard: You’re right, all sex has is nudity, orgasms and human contact.
Sheldon: My point.
This snap-worthy jibe at Penny’s huge boyfriend.
Leonard: If he were any bigger, he’d have moons orbiting him.
Sheldon: Oh, SNAP.
When every conversation veers to a geeky movie…
Leonard: How can 5 not be worse than 1?
Rajesh: Yeah, Star Trek 5 worse than 1.
Sheldon: Ok, first of all that is a comparison of quality not intensity. Secondly, Star Trek 1 is orders of magnitude worse than Star Trek 5.
Rajesh: Are you joking? Star Trek 5 is the standard against which all badness is measured!
The funny conclusion made by Sheldon about Raj’s problem.
Raj: I don’t like bugs, okay. They freak me out.
Sheldon: Interesting. You’re afraid of insects and women. Ladybugs must render you catatonic.
When Rock-Paper-Scissors was too basic for Sheldon Cooper:
Sheldon: Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.
The Star Trek reference again.
Sheldon: You know, in difficult moments like this, I often turn to a force greater than myself.
Sheldon: Star Trek.
When Sheldon’s dream was crushed by Leonard’s:
Leonard: You’ll never guess what just happened.
Sheldon: You went out in the hallway, stumbled into an inter-dimensional portal, which brought you 5,000 years into the future, where you took advantage of the advanced technology to build a time machine, and now you’re back, to bring us all with you to the year 7010, where we are transported to work at the think-a-torium by telepathically controlled flying dolphins?
Leonard: Penny kissed me.
Sheldon: Who would ever guess that?
When Sheldon was being cocky with Zack:
Zack: You know, I saw this great thing on the Discovery Channel. Turns out if you kill a starfish it’ll just come back to life.
Sheldon: Was the starfish wearing boxer shorts? Because you might have been watching Nickelodeon.
This hilarious reference to Internet Explorer that only a geek can make.
Sheldon: Well, well, well, if it isn’t Wil Wheaton. The Green Goblin to my Spider-Man, the Pope Paul V to my Galileo, the Internet Explorer to my Firefox!