i carry it on my skin.

Who hasn’t fallen for a person who has a science tattoo? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it, even if you have to get a tattoo on your own body and then fall in love with yourself.

Check out these super sexy nerdfoxy science tattoos and the book about them.

And please share your sexy nerdy tattoo stories with us – they could be featured in the next issue of Nerdfox!


I wrote this quote down on a scrap of paper – where is it from?

“Romance is like hitting yourself in the face with a hammer to distract yourself from the tractor on your chest.”


Submit your thoughts here! 

What do you find attractive that might be surprising to the insecure nerdfox?

What do you, as a nerdfox, struggle with the most in the romantic or
social arena?
The fact that I’m painfully awkward all the time and think that by acting nervous and afraid I’m somehow going to wrangle hearts.

What are good first lines if you don’t really know someone?
Insult something awful you have in common (exams, neighbors from Ohio, etc.).

How do you let someone know you want to spend more time with them in a
manner which could potentially lead to a romantic connection (AKA a
date in the non-nerdfox world)?
Ask them to a movie! The two of you don’t even have to talk. If you’re paying for it, he or she can’t lose.

How do you initiate a smooch?
Changes every time.

How do you gently correct romantic mishaps?
Cute giggles and toplessness.

Why should someone date a nerdfox? What are the benefits?
The nerdfox will stay with that person forever, unable to better their situation.

How do you find nerd foxes?
Nerd foxes leave their scent on trees so that they can gather in forest clearings.

Good flirting tips
Pants that make your ass look hot. More subtle than a low-cut shirt, plus, the ass is often underappreciated by the average nerdfox. But not intentionally. He just doesn’t realize what he’s missing.

Worse pick up lines
-Come be my comfy pillow. I have a king sized bed and no one to share it with.
-Bone me now

Best pick up lines
(tell me, I need some)

More submissions for our readers – what will you submit? 

What do you find attractive that might be surprising to the insecure nerdfox?

heated conversations about quarks, boys who give me books to read, boys who read the books i give them, when they listen to justin timberlake and like it, when they talk articulately about their dissertation, when they wish they had brought their apples to apples board game over so we could play. when they get lost driving because they are busy flirting with me * reserved, shy kissers *  winners of the golden horseshoe award, when they rock the moon-boots proudly, when they know exactly what wine to order, when they want to try my salad, when they want to go see documentary movies about bugs. when they ask me good questions. when they are really modest about playing an instrument or doing something really well.

What do you, as a nerdfox, struggle with the most in the romantic or social arena?

clamming up around beautiful eco-babe nerdfoxes, meeting and connecting with other nerdfoxes, mingling with nerdfoxes, finding and keeping true nerdfoxes.

What are good first lines if you don’t really know someone?

Hey, do you play apples to apples?

How do you initiate a smooch?

i’ve heard from a reputable source that “hey…wanna kiss” works wonders. I have also suggested snuggling, which usually leads to some smooching and often more than smooching. offering someone some of your mango works wonders, too. drinking a giant mag of wine together and watching bad movies is also a well-trod path to smooch-land.

How do you gently correct romantic mishaps?

i move.

How do you find nerd foxes?

seek them out in libraries, music halls, music stores, coffee shops, book stores, architecture schools, chem labs, tea houses, rallies, mensa meetings, chess club, art galleries, movie theaters, art communes, apple stores, college towns, and contra dances.

General do’s and don’ts :

do tell me i’m a “good humper”. do give me good books to read. do cultivate an interest in strange trivia.

Worse pick up lines:

“do you play tennis?”

“i have heat sensor glasses on. i saw your body heat”

These were an old reader submission and I thought they were really nice and simple. Do you also have nice, friendly advice for fellow nerdfoxes? Submit them via our nerdfox survey! 

General do’s and don’ts:

1) Talk to that fabulous nerdfox you are interested in!  They’re never going to know you are interested if you don’t.
2) Say whatever comes to your mind.  It will make the conversations interesting and allow you to be yourself.  Relationships are always more successful when you are exactly who you want to be, not pretending or trying to be someone else.

1) Don’t worry about having all the right moves or the right words.  The good nerdfox, being an astute observer, will recognize your brilliant character and amazing talents, no matter how awkward you think you are being.

One of the basic tenets of nerdfoxyism is that lovin’ is just another thing that we do, it doesn’t define us as people.  A key secret to nerdfox romance is being an interesting person that doesn’t need romance, per se, to be an excellent addition to society.  Romance is fun, but it isn’t the most important thing about us.

The thing is, love and romance sure does take time away from other cool things we could be doing. For example: pretty much at least half of all songs and movies ever, are about love, and romance, etc. (As a side note: a lot of the rest are about war and killing each other, which is also generally a pretty huge waste of time. And sometimes songs/stories are about love AND killing, but I digress.)

So, ok, and, a lot of those songs are really good and make us cry or laugh or have other powerful human feelings. But what other problems could we have solved if we weren’t endlessly fretting over lame people who don’t love us back, etc?

Perhaps this might be especially true for women? Or at least stereotype-ily true for women? Since women especially need to be in a relationship to not be considered crazy spinsters?

If we added up all the time we’d spent thinking about romance and channeled that into more productive things, we’d be so much cooler and happier. Oh well. You only have one day to be happy, and that’s today.

Things to do besides love as culled from some readers:

learn to knit, start a club for people with similar hobbies, go hitchhiking and regular hiking, finish crafty projects, make coloring books, garden, travel, meet new people, talk to old people about how life used to be, volunteer with young kids and make them laugh, rabblerouse for social justice, go to the beach, talk to family, write letters to grandmas, write letters to people in prison, view art exhibits, go out to eat tasty food, explore the woods, learn the names of trees and flowers, dumpster dive, learn how to cook really crazy dishes, learn how to throw pots, get good at guitar, learn how to use a four track recording device, to research, read more about political theory, write angry letters to our ineffectual politicians, tell jokes, build furniture, learn about history, figure out basic world geography, climb in volcanoes, learn another language, go to school in Europe, move to Alaska, go somewhere totally intimidating, pick blackberries, hunt for molly moochers, make wind chimes, build a porch to sit on and listen to wind chimes, watch the sunrise, take photographs, listen to music, dance like crazy, make connections between humans that aren’t about smooching them, and sometimes, when we have the time and it is worth our awesome energy, smooch them.

What else could we be doing besides laying on the bed waiting for that certain someone to call?

One of the hallmarks of a nerdfox is an interest in researching something exhaustively before/while/after doing it. For many nerdfoxes this, natually, includes “doing it.”  And if it doesn’t, why not?

Many nerdfoxes are socially awkward introverted, which can result in minor to crippling social anxiety. It can be soothing to prepare oneself for social activities by researching said activities before attempting to engage in them. It can also result in fun small talk, if you think, that, for example, knowing about the marble used to build the Washington monument is really interesting.

Do you sometimes research hot dogs while eating a hot dog? If not, how are you supposed to know how people eat hot dogs in Iceland?  Do you research red solo cups before going to a kegger? Do you research the self-awareness of dolphins after going to Sea World and/or when drunk/can’t sleep?

So why not research on-line dating tendencies before/during/after on-line dating or dating in general? Maybe you already do this and you don’t need convinced. But if you want to learn about on-line dating and the people who do it (and “do it”), I highly recommend the fascinating blog at OkCupid.

What resources do you use to research romantic inquiries?