Today marks the 15th anniversary of Geek Pride Day, a celebration of geek culture. This day was first organized by Spanish blogger Germán Martínez in 2006. It took two years to be adopted here in the United States. The initial posting contained a manifesto which can be found here via the Internet Archive. According to Germán Martínez here are the rights and duties of geeks according to the manifesto, and translated to English.
IN-ALIEN-ABLE RIGHTS OF THE GEEK
1.-Right to be more of a geek.
2.-Right to stay at home.
3.-Right not to have a partner and be a virgin until whatever age
—- 3.1- Right to, if you have a partner, try to turn them into a geek
4.-Right not to like football or sports in general.
5.-Right to geek association.
6.-Right to have a few friends (or none).
—- 6.1-Right to have all the geek friends you want
7.-Right not to be fashionable. (A Homer t-shirt is always to be in fashion)
8.-Right to be overweight and to be myopic.
9.-Right to exhibit one’s own geekiness.
10.-Right to rule the world
DUTIES OF THE GEEK (OF OBLIGATION)
1-Being a geek, despite everything
2-Trying to be more geek than another geek
3-If there is any discussion about a geek topic, give an opinion
4-Safeguard all geek material from “inadvisable people” (small children, obsessive cleaning people…)
5-Do everything possible to expose geek material as if it were a “Museum of Geekism”
6-Don’t be a geek at everything, but you have to be specialized in something.
7-Go to the premiere of any geek movie, buy before anyone else a geek book or DVD.
8-Wait in line before a geek premiere, although there is the possibility of pre-buying tickets, and go in costume, or with a geek shirt or better
9-Never give up anything related to the geek world, even if it has a wrinkled packaging
10-Try to dominate the world
Spend your day celebrating your slice of the pie of geekiness. In addition, this holiday shares the date with two other geeky properties, Discworld and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In our small synopsis of the dates, we have links to theme menus created to celebrate these dates.
The Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May
In the Discworld series, the 25th of May is celebrated by the survivors of the People’s Revolution, which ended the regime of Lord Winder. Those who celebrate this date wear a sprig of lilac and gather at the Small Gods Cemetery to honor the Watchmen who died in the revolution: Cecil Clapman, Ned Coates, Dai Dickins, John Keel, Horace Nancyball, Billy Wiglet, and Reg Shoe.
The slogan of the People’s Revolution is “Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably Priced Love, and a Hard-Boiled Egg!”
This date was started as a tribute to the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams. This holiday was started in 2001 two weeks after the death of the author on May 11th, 2001. Celebrants are encouraged to spread the word about Towel Day, and carry a towel on the day. You can check out online celebrations at towelday.org.