Remember this gem from Tucker Carlson and Ana Marie Cox’s online chat a few weeks ago on washingtonpost.com?
Annapolis, Md.: Last week during the WHCD, there was some debate about where the term “nerd prom” originated from. For years, this has been a term used by comic book nerds for the annual San Diego Comic Book Convention. My question is this: as a group, who is nerdier? Washington, D.C. media nerds or comic book nerds?
Tucker Carlson: The fashionable answer would be: One group wears thicker glasses, but basically they’re equally nerdy.
But let’s be honest: That’s ridiculous. Nobody’s dorkier than comic book nerds. Even reporters for Congress Daily.
Ana Marie Cox: I feel a little bad about the inadvertent (I swear, a friend mentioned it to me and then I, uhm…) lifting of #nerdprom. And because I KNOW Congress Daily reporters, well.. I think maybe we should consider them Nerd Prom East and Nerd Prom West? I, for one, would enjoy attending both. And I think you’d find a surprising amount of overlap in the interests of the groups.
Well, someone at CongressDaily hasn’t forgotten. And that someone is AM editor Jason Dick, who threw a party at his house this weekend just to prove Tucker wrong.
We weren’t invited (so clearly it wasn’t that cool of a party), but we hear the majority of CongressDaily reporters and a bunch of their editors, among others just let loose. Guests were instructed to bring some form of junk food- the junkier, the better. The best beer served was Natural Light. Also up for grabs- Schlitz, Schafer’s (sounds like some reporters were re-living their college years).
A handful of reporters, who shall remain nameless, experimented with pop rocks and coke (as in a generic form of coca-cola, Tucker) to see if we would explode like the urban myth suggests.
The “nerd” who passes this tidbit along says, “So see? We’re all pretty cool.”
Photos of the junk food loot after the jump…