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Nerd Spelling Bee (free)

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

What does it even mean to be a nerd anymore? Is it still a persona used to make one seem at home taking in late night DND sessions or World Of Warcraft raids? Is it being overly knowledgeable or obnoxiously quick-witted in the world of academia? Perhaps it is shelling out hundreds of dollars to play with piece of cardboard that will eventually consume every aspect of your life. Whatever it means, there is now a payoff. At this event, you can stand in front of a crowd of people and attempt to spell words that are related to, well, being a nerd. This particular night follows a theme near and dear to all classically-trained nerd species: Sci-Fi. Leave your photon-blasters and dictionaries at home as you attempt spell words like "cryostasis," "multiverse," "Asimov," "replicant," "frood," "precog," and many more. Hopefully the hours you've spent weeping over the never-used shooting scripts for the second season of Firefly can amount to something. Sign up for the event starts at 5 p.m. and combatants take the stage at 6 p.m. No matter the outcome, a night of nerds, spelling, and local draft beer is bound to be a Qapla'! —John McCracken

Earlier Event: January 28