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ONCE A YEAR, IT'S HIP TO BE SQUARE

For all Trekkies, comic collectors and gadget gurus, here's a day just for you. On Wednesday, the world celebrates Geek Pride Day. (Who knew?) Geeks, nerds and whoever else wears thick glasses and a pocket protector can publicly boast about their geekiness without being labeled as weird. It happens on May 25, which coincides with the release of the first Star Warsmovie in 1977. The day started in 2006 in Spain - strangely enough - when 300 geeks showed their pride by creating a human Pac-Man game. In 2008, it came to the United States, where bloggers heralded it as a holiday. Locally, most of the partying happens over video games and Doritos on fake leather couches. Chad Whitermore, owner of The Happy Geek website design company in St. Petersburg, will wish everyone a "Happy Geek Pride Day" on his site. Not sure of your geek orientation? Here are some rights and responsibilities, as outlined in Geek Pride Day's manifesto. If they inspire you to put on your favorite Dungeons and Dragons cape, then, no question, you're a geek. So take pride and celebrate.

- sthurston@tampabay.com

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Rights

The right to associate with other nerds.

The right to have few friends (or none at all).

The right to not leave your house.

The right to not like football or any other sport.

The right to be out of style.

The right to be overweight and near-sighted.

Responsibilities

Try to be nerdier than anyone else.

If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.

Don't be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.

Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.

Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.

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