Hey nerds, knock it off!

Shinboku-con 2011 was held in Westlake, Ohio over the weekend, and was a festival aimed at showcasing and celebrating anime and video games. Oh, and pugilism, apparently.

Yes, a rousing bout of fisticuffs most certainly did arise between two lads. Indubitably!

On April 30, two men (both attendees at the show) were arrested after getting into a disagreement over how one of the pair was “playing a video game”. This disagreement spilled over when one of the men punched the other in the mouth (kind of how it would between you and your friends, except you were 12 when that happened). Charged with assault and arrested by local police, the other guy was then also arrested after spitting on one of the cops.

And the third arrest? It came later that night, when one of the earlier pair’s younger brothers was picked up for damaging hotel property at the Holiday Inn all three had been staying in for the convention. This younger sibling and a friend – both 18 – were also nabbed for underage consumption of alcohol.

Nerds: stop trying to not be you.

Humpback whales: the largest nerds on Earth

We already knew there was something geeky about humpback whales. Their scoliosis is a dead giveaway, and swimmers are just below soccer players–but above mathletes–in the hierarchy of athletics.

But, now science believes that they may use astronomy to track their annual migration between the equator and polar regions. That’s full-blown nerdry right there.

Filthy and satanic D&D nerds not welcome in pews

So, earlier in the year, creator of Dungeons and Dragons, Gary Gygax passed away. His memory was honored by super-duper geekfest GenCon, who raised over $17,000 in an auction for Gygax’s favorite charity, the Christian Children’s Foundation. Irony was probably not lost on Gygax. What is lost? The money, as the CCF has decided to refuse the money.

Why? Because the money was raised with the sale of D&D merchandise.

You see, because the money came from a gaming convention, it would disrupt their principles. The group is claiming that this is about the “integrity” of its name, which it says it won’t lend to events it had no hand in.

Oh dear. There’s sticking to your principles, and then there’s just … well, quite frankly, there’s myopia.