September 1st in nerd history: I think the neighbors are up to something...

Happy National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day! According to the internet, today is a day to celebrate words that don’t rhyme with anything. Such as orange, wolf, and discombobulate. And NO, near-rhymes are NOT accepted.

So dress up like your favorite non-rhyming word today and enjoy a pint — which is also a word that doesn’t have a rhyme.

Simon Pegg Wink GIF by Working Title

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September 1 in Nerd History

Here are 5 things that happened on September 1st for those of us who know what the Soylent is made of and frankly don’t care.


Birthdays of honor: Gloria Estefan (1953), Zendaya (1996), Dr. Phil (1950), Rocky Marciano (1923), Barry Gibb (1946), Lily Tomlin (1939), Conway Twitty (1933), Bam Bam Bigelow (1961), Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875), Boxcar Willie (1931), Engelbert Humperdinck (1854), Billy Blanks (1955).


There are some really great pro wrestling video games out there. There are some where you can create an entire roster, simulating years of rivalries and title changes and scandals. And then there’s the one where you pick from one of 10 completely made-up wrestlers in a completely made-up wrestling league — and it’s one of the best wrestling games of all time.

Tecmo World Wrestling came out today in 1989 for the NES.

The game introduced a play-by-play announcer, in the form of text bubbles, and a cutscene-like replay feature. Personally, I was a fan of the masked El Tigre.


In 1954, one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most influential films saw wide release with Rear Window. Starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, it follows the story of a photographer who’s stuck in a wheelchair while his broken leg heals. And if you were bored and stuck at home in 1954, naturally you start spying on your neighbors. And when you watch your neighbors for long enough, eventually you begin to suspect them of murder.

I have no data to back this up, but Rear Window has to be one of the most-parodied movies of all time, and consistently lands on lists for the best movies ever made.

For ‘90s kids, you’ll surely remember the release of, well, Kids in 1995. It was controversial, edgy, and had a great indie rock soundtrack. Oh, and starred younglings Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny.

And in 2006, we were blessed with another of Mike Judge’s masterpieces with Idiocracy.

Brawndo GIF by Idiocracy


Today in 1972 Bobby Fischer stuck it to the Soviets when he beat Russian champion Boris Spassky for the World Chess Championship — the first American to ever win the title. At 29 years old Fischer brought chess to an American audience and ended 24 years of Soviet domination right smack in the middle of the Cold War.

Go ahead and open up that chess app you downloaded three years ago and make a move in honor of this great American achievement.


In 1981 Hall & Oates released Private Eyes. It would go on to have two number one hits — the title track and “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”.