When I use the word Geek, I am talking with utmost respect befitting of a mind that is so intelligent that normal human understanding cannot comprehend it. Perhaps for this reason, they do not fancy games and events of average mortals and choose to design special ones for to challenge themselves.
Here are a few events and competitions that would appeal to all those who are nerdy and geeky at heart. And again, I talk with great reverence! These feats are not meant for mere mortals like you and me. Try your hand at them, and you’ll know what I mean.
Do you know what the Rubik’s cube is? It’s that colorful thingummy that helped Will Smith land a job in The Pursuit of Happyness. So, how long does it take you to solve the Rubik’s Cube? A couple of days, some hours, or a few minutes? At any rate, even if your personal best is more than half a minute, you don’t stand a chance at the International speed-cubing competition. It’s one nimble fingered contestant pitted against the other and before you know it, in a furious blur of movement, a contestant emerges the winner. Curious to know how fast? Well, Erik Akkersdijk has recorded the fastest official time: 7.08 seconds. Think you can beat that?
Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is an event inspired by the eponymous celebrated cartoonist, who in his spare time would come up with the most amusing and also highly inefficient inventions. Each year, engineering students are challenged to come up with complicated contraptions designed to execute simple tasks, such as…sharpening pencils, juicing oranges, and affixing stamps. That they are hilarious in their absurdity is given, but there is some amount of ingenuity involved as well. After all, thinking of ways to complicate tasks like dispensing hand sanitizer or watering a plant (the challenge for 2011) can’t be easy!
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Can you spell Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis? Or, Hippopotomonstrosequippeddaliophobia? Or for that matter something smaller like Antidisestablishmentarianism? How are you ever going to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee? What’s that? Only the biggest spelling contest in the country, held the week after Memorial Day in Washington, D.C. The age limit for contestants is 15 and the average participant is between 12 and 14 years. However, there are participants that are as young as 8. Hmph! If a little kid can do it, what’s your excuse?