I've long harbored a suspicion that most of our floss readers (and certainly our staffers) are closet nerds, and as far as I'm concerned, this photo challenge proved it. Somehow, we tricked legions of you into opening those closets, finding the nerdiest slash most embarrassing photos you could find of yourselves, then emailing them to us so we could post them on the internet. (And on a modestly popular website, at that.) What were you thinking??
Naturally, we got tons of submissions. We can't post them all here, but we'll post the most acutely embarrassing shots and put the rest on our Flickr page. Let the humiliation begin!
Above: reader Matt writes "I don't know what to be more embarrassed about: the chubby belly, the pulled-up socks, the weird face I'm making or the Tron shirt." Taken at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, Florida, circa 1985."
Joe from Iowa sent in this picture of he and his brother ("deep in the 70s"), pretending to smoke and drink. Well, allegedly pretending.
Kathy writes: "This would be me upgrading a pre-windows era Tandy. Yes, I'm a girl. Yes, that's a Tandy." Nerd city, population: you!
OK, we've humiliated our readers enough, now it's time to turn the lens on ourselves.
Mental_Floss magazine editor-in-chief Neely Harris waterskiing with her teeth (left) and barking orders at the photographer (right). How this makes Neely look like anything other than a badass, I'm not certain.
... and the greaser. Higgins explains: "When I was six, I had a lot of denim clothes. I remember one day deciding to become a sort of greaser badass. I figured that I could bad-ify myself by wearing all denim, with striped bandanas randomly tied around my extremities, then adopting some kind of karate pose."
... or the fact that they're standing right in front of a calendar, which reads:
... an embarrassing year for kids everywhere, to be sure. Myself included: