No, I am not talking about the opening ceremony (although I did very much like the cauldron). I am, of course, referring to the #Nerdlympics on Twitter!
I've been on Twitter for a while now and contribute to a couple of trending topics but never got in on one at the beginning and watch it take off before.
Perhaps ironically, I had not really checked my Twitter feed for a while when I logged on last night, Alex Wild (@Myrmecos) had just posted a couple of geeky Olympic event puns with the hashtag #Nerdlympics. ("Star Trek and Field" was one of the early ones.) Never one to resist a good pun (as readers of The Cabbages of Doom could testify!), I tweeted "PCRchery" back (an event to be held in the velodrome with the rest of the thermal cycling). There were then a trickle of tweets, including some of my own contributions:
☺"Modem pentathlon"A couple of my favourites were tweeted at this time, including:
☺"Circadian Rhythym Gymnastics" and
☺"Periodic table tennis" (@Myrmecos),Then, it suddenly took off and tweets were flying in, causing Alex to tweet:
☺"Kreb's Cycling" (also @Myrmecos),
☺"Higgs Field Hockey" (@paulcoxon) and
The good news is, I've finally created my first successful hashtag. The bad news is, it's #NerdlympicsAs I replied at the time - I don't see the bad news here! Top work, Alex - you gave many nerds (including me) an entertaining evening.
It was quite interesting to see the different approaches taken. I was definitely of the "pun" class but there was a clear set of proposed events from an actual Nerdlympic competition. (Alex himself posted both types, e.g. "Synchronized Centrifuging".) At this point it became hard to keep up but here are a few more of my favourites (in no particular order):
☺@artologica: Tenure Track and Field,Well done, all! It made me proud to be a nerd.
☺@SuzeMarsupial: Basketball Galactica
☺@RalphCipolla: Heavy Water Polo
☺@skepticCanary: Petri Discus.
☺@CarolMorton: Beach bucky ball
☺@eric_andersen: Angry Birdminton
☺@abdelrahmanG: Spammer throw
☺@scientelle: Logarithmic Gymnastics
☺@JamieBeach: Floppy Discus Throw
☺@JoeyMcMorrow1: Molecular weight lifting
I am sure that there were some other classics that I have missed. To get a few more, try searching Twitter for #Nerdlympics - the early posts are all events but then later posts start referring to summaries of the event (recursive trending?) - or check out the Storify summaries by Bug Girl and Tarek Amr.