With the unusually high number of people who are geeky and proud of it, I'm curious how we break down as a population. How many linguistics geeks? How many engineers? How many of us are dedicated Trekkies? How many of us know more than the average person would ever want to about a goat's digestive system? Math? Sciences? Martial arts? Art? Crafting? We seem to have a wide variety, so let's get a list going.
I'll be the first to admit it, I'm a geek. I love orthographies, codes, ciphers and pretty much anything old-school cryptology. I can sound out some really random scripts, like Ancient Egyptian. I'm a linguistics major, so I get to indulge in various linguistic geekery on pretty much a daily basis. I also speak Latin (passable) and French (near fluent) and a handful of phrases in other languages.
I also like 'collecting' manners for different countries around the world, and try to apply them often in order to be as internationally polite as I can. I'm hoping it's a good habit to get into with all this globalization going on. Certainly doesn't hurt to know!
I'm also apparently a great resource for costuming. I won National Latin Competition in 2004 for my portrayal of Camilla (From the Aeneid, for those of you classics geeks trying to remember who that is.) I regularly sew and knit, although crochet is my bane. I also enjoy macrame, beading, and various other threadcrafts, and know how to do several others that I don't enjoy (drop spindles are of the devil!)
I'm absolutely not a math geek, but I do enjoy listening to engineers chat about zeppelins and infinitely tall ladders (this one was from a logic homework proof... and the results of what a ladder like that would do the universe) My minor is in Computer Science
That should be plenty to start us off... So what about you?
What esoteric knowledge have you horded up? What do you geek out about?