Fake Nerds, Get Off My TV!

Just say you’re playing Who Wants To Be a Millionaire in the Regis years. It’s the $32,000 question, so if you get it right, that’s the MINIMUM amount of money you can win.

Regis is intrigued by this hypothetical situation too.

Regis is intrigued by this hypothetical situation too.

A mathematical formula presents itself onscreen. Score! you think, because you were on the math team in high school.

quadraticformulaReege asks you if this is:

a) the Pythagorean Theorem

b) the Quadratic Formula

c) the Asymptotic Theory

d) Bitap Algorithm

All of a sudden, you panic. You can’t remember anything. Luckily, you have one lifeline left: phone-a-friend. Do you call:

a) Dr. Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds with an IQ of 187 and a photographic memory

Hot nerd?

Hot nerd?

b) Milton Mamet from The Walking Dead, case study worker for zombies’ behavioral patterns

Those round frames do nothing for you.

Those round frames do nothing for you.

c) Leonard Hofstadter from The Big Bang Theory, Caltech experimental physicist

He will always be David to me. No wonder Becky is now a lesbian.

He will always be David to me. No wonder Becky is now a lesbian.

d) Brian P. from Portlandia, an actual nerd

Yup.

Yup.

This, of course, is a trick question. Sort of. The answer is D. Why? Well, let me explain and then watch the video below.

See–Hollywood thinks that if you slap a pair of glasses on a person, it will automatically make them smart. You take the glasses off, it will make them hot. I call this the She’s All That Syndrome. See, people like me and Brian P. wear glasses because we CAN’T see. If I take them off, I trip. That ain’t hot.

In real life, Dr. Spencer Reid is played by a gentleman named by Matthew Gray Gubler, a onetime fashion model. Milton Mamet is really Dallas Roberts, who looks like this:

Looks like a North Face model.

Looks like a North Face model not a friend of the evil Governor.

Leonard/Johnny Galecki actually looks most like a nerd out of the actors, but he also sometimes looks like this:

I think he's channeling Morrissey,

I think he’s channeling Morrissey,

Brian P., on the other hand is legit. So I’m calling him. And he tells me that above equation is in fact b) the Quadratic Formula. And yes that’s my final answer.

After all, Brian’s a real nerd, y’all.

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