10 Nerdiest Contests Ever

If you can solve a Rubik's Cube in under 7 seconds, prepare for glory
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2010 12:37 PM CDT
Participants solve Rubik's Cube for speed during 3X3X3 Rubik's Cube Megahouse cup championship in Tokyo, Sunday, July 25, 2010.   (AP)

(Newser) – You may not have realized it, but last weekend people got together in Europe to compete at "speedcubing." To the uninformed, that's the act of solving a Rubik's Cube—really fast. (The current record? 7.08 seconds.) Time lists nine more extremely geeky competitions:

  • Muggle Quidditch: Yes, this exists. You might think sport immortalized in Harry Potter wouldn't be possible without flying brooms, but you'd be wrong—people still play it, by running around on brooms instead.

  • Donkey Kong: The rivalry over the high score in this classic arcade game is so intense, there's a documentary about it (The King of Kong).
  • Scripps National Spelling Bee: You may think you're a decent speller, but unless you can spell the word "leishmanic," you probably won't even qualify for the country's biggest spelling bee.
  • International Mathematical Olympiad: High school mathletes get together each year to solve math problems for two days. Sounds relaxing, right?
For the complete list, click here, or click here to see the 100 skills geeks absolutely must have.

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