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(io9)   Six good habits that can be learned from being bullied as a geeky kid. And yes, my little Trekkies, Ringers, Whovians, brown coats, and all the other young geeks and nerds: it gets better for you too   (io9.com) divider line 27
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2012-12-10 06:21:50 PM
4 votes:
For those that won't click the link
1. Keep your tears bundled up inside - No one wants to see you cry at work
2. All that time spent organizing your Pokemon cards? Trains you for a long productive life working in administration
3. Making your own costumes and dressing up as your favorite SciFi characters? Teaches you how to sew, so you can tailor your own suits/shirts, saving you a ton of money and making you look sharp at job interviews
4. The alcohol tolerance you built-up from drinking alone in your room - Helps you keep your wits about you when making business deals over drinks with Russian or Japanese business people
5. The hatred for everyone around you? Makes you the perfect hatchetman when it comes to cost cutting. After all, had you known them in high school they likely would have bullied you. Now they're the ones sobbing on the way home, and you're getting a bonus for making the company more efficent
6. Friends, what are those? They're what holds you back by taking time away from work while you pretend to give two shiats about their life or look at photos of their kids. Your friendless lifestyle makes it that much easier to impress your boss with your commitment to the job by putting in those extra hours while all your coworkers are wasting their time hosing BBQ's for friends or going out to watch Timmy's soccer game.
2012-12-10 04:50:49 PM
4 votes:
You just got to stop hitting yourself.
2012-12-10 08:49:03 PM
3 votes:

megarian: I'm the most socially awkward chick ever. I want female friends and a gym membership. Did I miss a meeting?


Yeah. They called it Lillith Fair.
2012-12-10 05:38:38 PM
3 votes:
Great list. Being quirky as an adult has serious benefits.

It's a hell of a lot easier to be comfortable in your own skin from the inside than from validation born of the validation of others.

/please vote "smart" for this post
2012-12-10 05:16:52 PM
3 votes:
Imagining you are cutting them down like wheat with your +5 Battle Axe of Slaying strangely not on the list.

It worked so well for me.
2012-12-10 04:59:42 PM
3 votes:
Missing is: "How to beat the shiat out of your tormenter" and "Looking so crazy no one will fark with you"
2012-12-10 08:02:13 PM
2 votes:
I agree with the "Fantasies are more powerful than pain" part.

Anytime I choose, I could have any woman in the world I want. Salma Hayek, Christina Hendricks, Anne Hathaway, Mila Kunis, all upon activating my imagination I'm suddenly transferred into an orgy with high class female celebrities. When I finish, I just have to stop thinking and I wouldn't have to go through the trouble of treating them to dinner or giving gifts after sex. Ah, the wonders of a powerful imagination for the masturbator.
2012-12-10 06:04:12 PM
2 votes:
I was a dork in high school and the result has been mostly becoming an adult with Dexter like ambitions for people I loathe. If only I owned a boat.
2012-12-10 05:43:24 PM
2 votes:
ourprerogative.files.wordpress.com
2012-12-10 10:29:31 PM
1 votes:
i86.photobucket.com

There...we needed a new one.
2012-12-10 10:09:12 PM
1 votes:
cdn.smosh.com
2012-12-10 10:01:50 PM
1 votes:
Seriously? "My little Trekkies" is in the frickin' headline and I'm the first? Oh well...

www.onlinefabricstore.net
2012-12-10 09:41:56 PM
1 votes:
I've heard nerdy girls who were tormented in high school often feel a sense of self-empowerment in their later years by exposing their breasts to strangers on the internet.

i heard that. seriously.

eip


/waits...likely in vain. just like high school.
2012-12-10 09:22:32 PM
1 votes:
Never had to deal with a bully until I moved across the country in middle school. The new school in an oil town was full of them, but they seemed to have enough targets in sight and I stayed mostly invisible until High School. Then the bullies found me, and thought they would have their fun. The leader, a rather tall jerk (seemed to be damn near 7' in Grade 12) who was the big popular athlete that no one opposed decided he wanted to take over part of the school gym that a couple friends and I were using to discuss some damn crazy plan or another. After telling him no the first time, he decided to use his size and stand over us and make us move. Almost by instinct (violent movies are excellent teachers), I reached up, grabbed him by the neck, pulled him down to my eye level, and gave him the crazy-eyed "No. Fark off" That was the last of it. His cohorts gave up, and word spread that our little group might all be psychos, and we should be left alone.

/yeah yeah CSB
2012-12-10 08:51:23 PM
1 votes:
The sticky component about revenge my friends is the damage it will do to you.
It feels good to fantasize about it.
It feels good to initiate the well laid plan of a dish best served cold.
but it's a temp fix with bad repercussions.
The best revenge as you all know, is living well. In most cases you will outdo your bully.

I have had the great honor or witnessing instant karma upon the ultimate bully. The neanderthal that beat my Mom and abused us kids.
He was driving one of those Red Cross Blood Mobile vans, the van got stuck on a railroad crossing. Two trollies on opposite ends had their breaks let loose thus crushing his sorry ass. He was doomed to stew in his own juices in a wheel chair for another year until the bastard finally croaked. Needless to say, he was virtually stopped dead in his tracks, never to hurt another woman or child again. Yay

This is instant karma, reserved for the true monsters in our midst.
Keep the faith my peeps. Justice is always served, if not in this life, definitely in the next.
2012-12-10 08:49:29 PM
1 votes:
I feel like we have a real "Breakfast Club" thing going on in this thread.

Should I write the essay?
2012-12-10 08:34:52 PM
1 votes:
Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their loved ones.
2012-12-10 08:20:21 PM
1 votes:

otalicus: I stopped getting bullied right after columbine. Apparently I looked like a person who would snap.

/wouldn't hurt a fly.


Heh. I knew a kid who started wearing a black trench coat to school right after Columbine for exactly that reason.
2012-12-10 07:41:17 PM
1 votes:
A hat pin.

Invisible in a scuffle, disappears in a flash.
2012-12-10 07:30:22 PM
1 votes:
FWIW, junior high school girls are the secret weapon we should unleash upon the Taliban; they are hideous monsters of abuse and when grouped together have the power to make strong men cry.
2012-12-10 07:16:48 PM
1 votes:

ko_kyi: ShawnDoc: 6. Friends, what are those? They're what holds you back by taking time away from work while you pretend to give two shiats about their life or look at photos of their kids. Your friendless lifestyle makes it that much easier to impress your boss with your commitment to the job by putting in those extra hours while all your coworkers are wasting their time hosing BBQ's for friends or going out to watch Timmy's soccer game.

Some nerds end up making enough money to have other people hose their BBQ for them.


Ladies and gentlemen, the feared typo bully!
2012-12-10 07:10:43 PM
1 votes:
FTA: 6. Give Up On Revenge

No.

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2012-12-10 07:09:07 PM
1 votes:

real_headhoncho: Missing is: "How to beat the shiat out of your tormenter" and "Looking so crazy no one will fark with you"


That second one was all I needed in school. Never got bullied at the school I was at most, and I only had to choke one kid at the "new" school I moved to Sophmore year. After that, I think it really sank in that if you left me alone, I wouldn't acknowledge you in the least. Try to shove your friend in to me every day in between classes, and I'll spit in your face and tell you I'd die smiling as long as I was wearing your face like a mask.

/that kid was such a pussy
2012-12-10 07:08:50 PM
1 votes:

TV's Vinnie: You have to treat being in school like your first day in prison. If you don't f*ck someone up hard the moment they try to test you, you're gonna be a b*tch to everyone else there for the rest of your days.


In junior high, I was gang-attacked by about 6 guys who were intent on giving me a swirly. Just as they got me into the stall, I freed my arms and swung blindly and wildly, striking many of them in the face and causing them to scatter. Days later, one of them sullenly told me, "you didn't have to hit me in the face." Putz. There were no more swirly attempts.
2012-12-10 07:05:29 PM
1 votes:
The bullying stopped when the kid bothering me found herself sprawled out on the floor.Turns out she was watching other kids pick on me and wanted to get on my last nerve so I'd actually do anything. She was lying on the floor saying, "It's about DAMN time." High school was awesome after that.

40 years later, we are still the best of friends.
2012-12-10 07:05:08 PM
1 votes:
Goddamnit, please stop encouraging the Bronies.

Please.
2012-12-10 07:02:47 PM
1 votes:
Best of all, being bullied taught me to question popularity of all kinds, whether it's in Hollywood and the White House, or on Facebook and the Nobel Prize list. Just because everybody likes it doesn't mean it's good.

You know those Nobel Prize guys, a bunch of remorseless bullies out to destroy the geeks and nerds of the world. 
I can't even walk in my neighborhood any more without a chemistry or medical recipient giving me a hard time.
 
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