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(CNBC)   Worried about being the washed-up former high school football star while those nerds you picked on become millionaires later in life? Well, good news   (cnbc.com) divider line 239
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2009-03-09 03:33:53 PM
Not really. I played Tennis and competed in Fencing. Then again I did see a former football player bagging groceries a few weeks back.

/not really his fault
//not a bad guy
///mill closed down
////trying to find a new job
//anyone need a really good machinist?
 
2009-03-09 03:41:59 PM
I had as many friends as the "popular" kids did. They were just the other weirdos.

They are also substantially more useful to me in my career now.

So... article is true only if you assume that geeks don't have a lot of friends.
 
2009-03-09 03:43:40 PM
This article might want to differentiate between true friends versus status-seeking hangers-on.
 
2009-03-09 03:47:21 PM
It's ok, there is still a need for sociopaths and serial killers. A real growth industry for the socially maligned if you ask me.
 
2009-03-09 03:52:02 PM
duppy: This article might want to differentiate between true friends versus status-seeking hangers-on.

Does that even matter anymore? We're in the era of Facebook, land of the "I'll be your friend because it's now convenient enough to do so" mentality.
 
2009-03-09 03:52:22 PM
Sounds to me like the author took too many swirlies sporting the name "Clifford" in high school.
 
2009-03-09 04:02:05 PM
It's not what you know. It's who you know.
 
2009-03-09 04:07:38 PM
I actually had a fatty tell me she had 300+ friends on MySpace.
If you count a lbs. as a friend and MySpace as your ass, sure....
 
2009-03-09 04:08:10 PM
The article says "extra close friends" most popular people weren't extra close they took every opportunity to stab each other in the back.
 
2009-03-09 04:09:47 PM
Oh and I know this because I was popular. The girls I knew were vicious biatches but they were in the same sports, cheerleading and softball, so I was with them all the freaking time.
 
2009-03-09 04:13:23 PM
They become cops.
 
2009-03-09 04:14:25 PM
Saying that's an "article" is like saying CNBC gives "sound financial advice".
 
2009-03-09 04:14:42 PM
Social skills help you make more money!?

I'm shocked.



And astounded.
 
2009-03-09 04:14:55 PM
Go ahead. Put us down. One of these days we'll turn it around...

/not a nerd in high school
//yet now in IT
 
2009-03-09 04:15:01 PM
It says close friends. Popular kids had the same or less 'close' friends, just lots of not close ones.
 
2009-03-09 04:15:28 PM
Will someone be my extra close friend? I'll throw in benefits
 
2009-03-09 04:15:42 PM
So the type/quality of friends isn't really the issue here, just the number. Which makes sense, I hung out with just about every clique in school and now I'm rich as hell. So mingle, people, mingle!
 
2009-03-09 04:16:00 PM
I have serious doubts that high school stereotypes can be meaningful while examining post-school success. Except for dweebs. They'll always suck.
 
2009-03-09 04:16:11 PM
The Good news?

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You do get to be a foot fetished pervert sometimes.
 
2009-03-09 04:16:45 PM
Obdicut: I had as many friends as the "popular" kids did. They were just the other weirdos.

They are also substantially more useful to me in my career now.

So... article is true only if you assume that geeks don't have a lot of friends.


I would generally agree with this.
 
2009-03-09 04:16:51 PM
Life became less of a series of letdowns when I realized that the notion of karma was just utter bullshiat.
 
2009-03-09 04:17:00 PM
The good thing about the IT is that everyone else have to work to get good with you, but not the other way around.
 
2009-03-09 04:17:10 PM
gorgor: I actually had a fatty tell me she had 300+ friends on MySpace.
If you count a lbs. as a friend and MySpace as your ass, sure....


I LOL'd.
 
2009-03-09 04:17:34 PM
Gwendolyn: The article says "extra close friends" most popular people weren't extra close they took every opportunity to stab each other in the back.

I've found in my old age that people just generally will take every opportunity to stab each other in the back. Of course, I could just be very cynical, or I might need new friends.
 
2009-03-09 04:17:51 PM
Revenge of the Nerds came out in 1984
Using the word 'Not' circa Wayne's World from 1992

I think the author needs a refresher.
 
2009-03-09 04:18:10 PM
Do actual grownups still obsess over their high school social status? Really? And if any of them do, can they really be considered grownups now?

I was a dork in high school. I got over it. If I can, anyone can. Of course, I'm friendless now, but that's neither here nor there...
 
2009-03-09 04:18:55 PM
Wow what a hard hitting article, full of useful facts and statistics supporting their claim.
 
2009-03-09 04:19:24 PM
If "the same factors that make you popular in high school help you in a job setting," it's no wonder we're headed for a repeat of the great depression. We gave the jerks in the polo shirts the keys to the economy.

This is rich coming from CNBC: the network of hot chicks and loudmouths.

Maybe if they spent a little more time looking at balance sheets and a little less time riding the bone pony on the Citi corporate jet they could have seen this coming.
 
2009-03-09 04:20:38 PM
Sun Worshiping Dog Launcher: I've found in my old age that people just generally will take every opportunity to stab each other in the back. Of course, I could just be very cynical, or I might need new friends.

That's because people are generally bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling!
 
2009-03-09 04:21:05 PM
duppy: This article might want to differentiate between true friends versus status-seeking hangers-on.

not only a great big THIS,

but additionally in order to determine this they'd have to control for other factors... like grades.

So yeah, the rare football player who actually studied and got straight A's and was very popular does better than the reclusive kid whose parents didn't let him have any extracurriculars who also got straight A's. The nerds as a demographic still compare favorably to the bricks-for-brains crowd.
 
2009-03-09 04:21:10 PM
We gave the jerks in the polo shirts the keys to the economy.

Well, it was either them or the guidos.
 
2009-03-09 04:22:44 PM
theoriginalslash: Do actual grownups still obsess over their high school social status? Really? And if any of them do, can they really be considered grownups now?

I was a dork in high school. I got over it. If I can, anyone can. Of course, I'm friendless now, but that's neither here nor there...


I'm sure it's not a unique occurrence in this country, but if you'd like a depressing view of how completely a community can stay stuck in high school, visit the western suburbs of Cincinnati, where they're selling Elder High School caskets now.
 
2009-03-09 04:22:53 PM
scseth: Revenge of the Nerds came out in 1984
Using the word 'Not' circa Wayne's World from 1992

I think the author needs a refresher gentle kick in the yambag.


FTFY ... thought the same thing.

It's like the article was written by Seth UPDATE YOUR FARKING CULTURAL REFERENCES ALREADY MacFarlane.
 
2009-03-09 04:23:04 PM
FTFA: If "the same factors that make you popular in high school help you in a job setting," it's no wonder we're headed for a repeat of the great depression. We gave the jerks in the polo shirts the keys to the economy.

No kidding. You ever talk to a financial adviser? They are one step above selling you carpet but are at those higher paying gigs because they sell themselves better. Any more they are also a bunch of slick willies who have never seen a market downturn before the tech bubble burst in 2001 and that was all the A-rab's fault, so they don't know how to actually handle money.

We put our future in the hands of a bunch of jerks who slept through algebra.
 
2009-03-09 04:23:16 PM
NEWS: It's not so much what you know, but who you know...

Cliff Mason
Cliff Mason is the Senior Writer of CNBC's Mad Money w/Jim Cramer, and has been that program's primary writer, in cooperation with and under the supervision of Jim Cramer, since he began at CNBC as an intern during the summer of 2005. Mason was the author of a column at TheStreet.com during 2007, which he describes as "hilarious, if short-lived." He graduated from Harvard College in 2007. It was at Harvard that Mason learned to multi-task, mastering the art of seeming to pay attention to professors while writing scripts for Mad Money. Mason has co-written two books with Jim Cramer: Jim Cramer's Mad Money: Watch TV, Get Rich and Stay Mad For Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich (Make Your Kids Even Richer). He is 100% responsible for any parts of either book that you did not like. Mason has also had a fruitful relationship with Jim Cramer as his nephew for the last 23 years and will hopefully continue to hold that position for many more as long as he doesn't do anything to get himself kicked out of the family.
 
2009-03-09 04:23:19 PM
Lt. Cheese Weasel: The Good news?

You do get to be a foot fetished pervert sometimes.


Can't forget this one......

i231.photobucket.com
 
2009-03-09 04:23:55 PM
Good job with the Bundy pics.
 
2009-03-09 04:24:17 PM
Herb Utsmelz: Been waiting to use this one.

Welcome to Ban-City.

/at least gorgor gives off a warning
 
2009-03-09 04:24:22 PM
slog.thestranger.com
 
2009-03-09 04:24:58 PM
gorgor: I actually had a fatty tell me she had 300+ friends on MySpace.
If you count a lbs. as a friend and MySpace as your ass, sure....


that visual is better than any gorgorian pic posted: +1
 
2009-03-09 04:25:00 PM
Rich parents? Gift of the gab? Yeah, they help all through life. Who did you think the half-wits who've been trashing the economy were?

Intelligence could make us gods someday if charisma does not turn us back into tree swinging apes.
 
2009-03-09 04:25:00 PM
I don't agree with Cliff so I hacked his home & work comouters. Mined a list of his bank accounts & PINs, emailed his wife with a list of all the CragsList ads he'd posted and tomorrow a very large ghey man will greet him at his front door wearing nothing but a rose. Hmmm...he has a daughter in college....

Me? I'm not bitter. Just inventive.
 
2009-03-09 04:25:17 PM
NeuroPunk91 2009-03-09 04:20:38 PM

That's because people are generally bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling!

I lol'ed.
 
2009-03-09 04:25:32 PM
Soooooo... one nerd in high school who couldn't even get other nerd friends is still whining. QQ more.

I was a high school nerd, the friends I still have who actually didn't try at every opportunity to put a knife in my back, they were the guys I played Dungeons and Dragon's with.

sboyle1020
Wow what a hard hitting article, full of useful facts and statistics supporting their claim.


You watch the news, random opinion = cold hard fact now a days.
 
2009-03-09 04:25:41 PM
As a broke, friendless nerd I'm really getting a kick out of these replies...
 
2009-03-09 04:25:49 PM
sboyle1020: Wow what a hard hitting article, full of useful facts and statistics supporting their claim.

img.photobucket.com
I'm getting a bit of a reading here ...
 
2009-03-09 04:26:03 PM
Thisbymaster: The good thing about the IT is that everyone else have to work to get good with you, but not the other way around.

huh?
 
2009-03-09 04:26:43 PM
This is hardly new information.

At my highschool, many of the same people who were good athletes were also good students. One of our valedictorians was also a quarterback for the football team, and a good one.

Many of the truly nerdy "spaz" type kids made shiatty grades. There were somewhat nerdy kids who also made good grades, but most smart people (in terms of making good grades in school, not always the best interpretation of intelligence) were also typically nice and outgoing.
 
2009-03-09 04:26:54 PM
NSFW Eye Bleach (pops) for those who need it
 
2009-03-09 04:26:58 PM
CygnusDarius: Well, it was either them or the guidos.

Obviously never been to the Wall St. area. They are one and the same.
 
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