September 17, 2009

Geeks are underrated

Last night when I was watching Glee (which is becoming a guilty pleasure of mine) I was struck by how cute I thought the Glee teacher was.... which made me think that I really like cute nerds. In fact, one might say I have a type, and part of my type is that guy cannot be conventionally handsome.

I mean, for me, Brad Pitt= snooze, George Clooney= eh! I'm just not into conventional leading men.

I know a lot of women like bad boys, I find them boring too, very one-dimensional. Give me a nerd/geek/weirdo any day... they don't take themselves too seriously, they are funny, self deprecating, and smart.

So here is my list of my favorite Nerd/Geek/Weirdo Hotties, and the Nerd/Geek/Weirdo roles that made me love them.

Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison
Acafellas wearing a cute hat HOT. Caring Glee teacher HOT.

Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd plays the geeky brother you love to hate so well, perhaps why I fell in like with him when I saw him in Clueless. Also, totally awkward guy HOT in I Love you, Man.
Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg
Accent= HOT. Funny= HOT. Making movies 100% better just by being in them (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Run Fatboy, Run)? Hottest!

John Cusack
John Cusack
Indie I don't give a s**t HOT. Lloyd Dobbler HOT. I can make a hitman look HOT.
Zachary Levi
Zachary Levi
Oh wait, Zack Levi again? I'm sorry, HOT! I don't care if he is supposed to play a nerd- how many nerds look like this?

Will Smith
Will Smith
I totally thought this was a conventional pick until I talked to other people. Will Smith isn't hot? Is it the ears? Big ears are HOT. Last 5 minutes of The Pursuit on Happyness HOT.

Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
Donnie Darko mentally unbalanced HOT.

Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey
You may be McDreamy now, but you had me at Ronald Miller HOT.

What about you?
Who do you think is unconventionally hot?

119 comments:

  1. oh my I have to agree with you on the Patrick Dempsey,Jake Gyllenhaal,Paul Rudd,and Matthew Morrison yep those would be my nerdy hott guy picks!!!!!

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  2. John Cusack - yes, yes, yes!!!! I've always found himn to be incredibly hot; I need to get ahold of myself, I know :D

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  3. Wow... those are like, all my celebrity crushes. I spread around this urban legend that Matt Morrison hit on me at a bar when I was in college. Who knows if he was hitting on me, but he definitely came up and introduced himself... then I got dumb and avoided him for the rest of the night. PS. Everyone thinks my boyfriend looks like John Cusack circa "Say Anything."
    -- lindsay

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  4. I'll give you John Cusack but have you seen the size of Paul Rudd's head? Really.

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  5. Who doesn't love a list by a List:

    1. I would do dirty, dirty things to Paul Rudd.
    2. You probably should take back what you said about Brad Pitt if you know what's good for you.
    3. 3,029 points for referencing 'Can't Buy Me Love'

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  6. Oh I am so with you on Paul Rudd!!! I just love him! And I think Robert Downey Jr. is sexy and adorable with those big brown eyes! Yum!

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  7. I love it when you do these lists!!! These guys are cutie pies!!!

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  8. I'm with you on every single one of them except Simon Pegg.

    Paul Rudd and I hearted Patrick Dempsey when he wasn't so McDreamy too :)

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  9. Paul Rudd is so effing hot. Have you seen him in The Object of my Affection? Mmmm Yummy!

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  10. I totally agree with you! I've loved John Cusak since his role in "say anything"!! , but all these guys are definitely yummy ;)

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  11. I thought Keanu Reeves was hot as Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. Then I got over him.. totally totally over him... until I was in the same room with him and then it all went very badly...

    http://marymaryrc.blogspot.com/2009/03/diary-of-makeup-artist-entourage.html

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  12. Hmmm, the photos you found definitely bring out the hotness in all your guys! I must admit, I used to think David Duchovny was a babe(Return to Me), but after the whole sex addict thing, not so much. Happy SITS day!

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  13. I married a geek which must be why i have total a nerd/geek crush on Reid from "Criminal Minds."

    Happy SITS day! :)

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  14. Wow, we have a lot in common! I'm right there with you on 99% of that list (take Will Smith off, and I'm with you 100%!). I still like to look at some of the leading men, but I apparently also have a thing for geeks. Happy SITS Day!

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  15. I totally agree with Will Smith and Jake Gyllenhaal - YUMMY.

    I can't think of any more geeks off the top of my head - although my hubby fits into that category and I think he's pretty hot!

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  16. Ooohh ... I am with you! Geeks are hot. And those are some hot geeks you have picked out there! Luv me some Patrick Dempsey!! Happy SITS day!

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  17. Something strange happened to me when I got married, I really only have eyes for my husband. His dorkiness does just add to the charm.

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  18. Hi www.greedygirlsguide.com checking in from SITS

    I think i like geek men a little to, something about the ability to hold a convo, fix my computer, and still be cute intrigues me. Plus they are generally low maintenance and don't annoy me about my internet habit.

    I love you picks. *Swoon* over Will Smith and Patrick Dempsey

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  19. I adore Joseph Finnes and Neal McDonough. I'm not in to big Hollywood hunks either....these two are dreamy, though:)

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  20. I totally have a crush on the Glee teacher. He reminds me of a guy I had a crush on in 8th grade!

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  21. Yes! Brad Pitt doesn't do anything for me... he's waaaay too pretty. And Clooney? Meh.

    I also love the geeks! Agree with you on Matthew Morrison... he's just one of the reasons I watch (and love) Glee. Another goofy "nerd" that's hot... John Krasinski.

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  22. My BabyMama would tend to agree with many of your picks and also with Shannon about John Krasinski - YUMMMY! But all of your dudes are a bit old for me, frankly.

    I've always (you know for the 22 whole months of my life)thought Ernie from Sesame Street was pretty cute. He's such a joyful fella and that orange fleecy face....HOT HOT HOT!

    BlogBaby

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  23. I go for the geeky, brainy, too. Paul Rudd and Patrick Dempsey are good choice, but I'm not sure how geeky McDreamy is.

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  24. Ohhh I love them all!!! Great job!! Ronald Miller-- Every time Cen't buy me Love comes on -- I am so sucked in!!

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  25. My husband! LOL Congrats on being the feature SITS blogger of the day!

    sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

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  26. I have to agree with ALL of the above. I am a geek, I married a geek and I am massive lover of all things geeky.

    Loving the list above!

    Happy SITS day.

    LBM xxx

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  27. I am SO with you. Love me some nerds. I've also fantasized about Billy Ray Cyrus on occasion. Unconventional FTW. Happy SITS day!

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  28. Burt Reynolds in Cannonball Run...yummy!

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  29. I think my sweetheart's pretty hot. And he's pretty much a geeky nerd. But very hot. ;)

    happy SITS day!

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  30. Love the nerd hottie list! I agree wholeheartedly. After all, my hubby is my favorite geeky guy. He once spent hours figuring out how to solve a rubiks cube by using an online you-tube tutorial. Totally geeky!

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  31. Oh YES to John Cusack. I love a good nerd, but if he can be creative and neurotic (as is every character this guy plays)?

    I'm a goner. :-)

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  32. I am with you on the nerd hotties! And Glee is my new guilty pleasure too!

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  33. I haven't caught Glee yet, but I keep hearing about it, so I am going to start checking it out... hopefully the first season is On Demand! :)

    Oh - and I think I agree with most of your list - except for Simon Pegg and John Cusack... they don't do it for me. LOL! :)

    HAPPY SITS DAY.

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  34. OK, I have not been introduced to Matthew Morrison. He does seem to turn my crank, lol!!!

    There is one guy who is unconventional that I drool for and for the life of me I cannot remember who it is. When it comes to me I'm coming back and commenting again!!

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  35. great list!! i am a huge fan of ryan reynolds. And that comment usually gets me laughed at and I don't get it cause that boy is fiiiiiiine!

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  36. Totally! Those are some hot nerds! To this list, I'd add the character Jemaine on Flight of the Conchords. Stopping by from SITS! CONGRATS!

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  37. This post was so funny! I totally know what you mean about liking "odd" celebrities... I find Jason Segel (Paul Rudd's budd in I Love You, Man) to be kind of hot lol.

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  38. Happy SITS day! I totally love the geeky guy, married to an IT geek - they are the best!

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  39. John Cusack. I've had a crush on him since the brat pack days.

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  40. I have loved Jake since forever! Thank you for a little happiness this Monday AM ;)

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  41. Hi Just stopping by from SITS! Love your site....and totally agree with you on your hot guy/ geek picks! I absolutely love Paul Rudd and Patrick Dempsy is awesome too! One that wasn't listed that has to be my newest fav is Ryan Renolds,ever see the movie Just friends? Or Definately Maybe? Must see movies and Ryan is sooo cute!

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  42. I thought I was the only one who thought Paul Rudd was hot! Glad to know I'm not alone. And I have to agree with you about Zack Levi, too. I would add John Krasinski (Jim from The Office) to the list.

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  43. Nerdy cute is definitely the way to go ...although I must totally be a geek b/c I in no way thought that Mr. Schuester was a geek - just a hottie...

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  44. I love nerds! you hit the nail on the head with John Cusack...the ultimate lovable geek! happy SITS day!

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  45. I'm a girl geek (IT support) and I can say much love to my fellow geeks out there. Patrick, you will always be swoonable!

    Happy Sits day!

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  46. Yeah, I'm off the conventional good looking men as well. I like men like Paul Rudd as well. I also like D.B. Sweeney. He's totally HOT. Has been and as far as I can tell, always will be. I also think that guy on Pysch is HOT to. And the man that plays on Burn Notice is hot too. ANd...well, you get the pic. Over from SITS hope you had a good day.

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  47. I agree! Geeks are hot. I like John Cusack and Patrick Dempsey.

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  48. HAHA! I love your picks. In fact, I agree with just about all your picks! I like Independence Day Will Smith. I don't know why I have that preference...

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  49. Heck ya! Ronald Miller on a riding lawn mower, ahhhhh, hotness!

    I love all your picks and yes my boyfriend is a total hottie nerd.

    I <3 nerds.

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  50. I completely agree. I love geeks...and I'm ADDICTED to Glee. My boyfriend is actually a physics education masters student, so I know what I'm talking about -- the two of us can so totally dork out together. It's so much fun. Great choices all around.

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  51. Great post, I love the "geeks" too! John Cusack has always been a favorite of mine, but I also love "Ducky" from Pretty in Pink - Jon Cryer! I had a mad crush back then, but still see some of his former cuteness today in Two and a Half Men, its just better hidden now.

    Congrats on your SITS day! I look forward to reading more!

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  52. Oh yes..McDreamy is tops for me on the best of the Geeks. And Jake Gyllenhaal..definitely:)

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  53. I love geeks, so I married one! ;)

    Also, I AM a geek. So, you know, it works out well.

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  54. Had a very dirty-minded crush on John Cusack back in the day, before he got super-earnest (even though I agree with his politics, he seems very humorless now). Jake G. is adorable, but I definitely think he counts as leading man handsome, even in the terrific Donnie Darko. Tortured beautiful misunderstood geek-boy was kind of the definition of crush-worthy for me when I was in my teens and twenties. Slow learner.

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  55. Yum. Yum. Yum. I love me a good geek!

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  56. Cute post. My 16 yr. old is very into nerds,too!

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  57. I married a geek, so I get ya! I think the guys on the show The Big Bang Theory are cute! You are not alone!
    Happy SITS Day!

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  58. Oooh, yeah - I loved Ronald Miller way back when. Geeks are totally hot.

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  59. Yeah I am dating a geek. We've been together a long time, but he still has not convinced me to wear a t-shirt that says I Heart My Geek...in binary.

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  60. That's scrumptious! I concur with quite a few of yours :) Happy SITS day

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  61. i remember being a resident assistant in college and telling my underclassmen floor buddies that they should "go for the geeks" because they know how to treat you and they are more appreciative of women! love this post!

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  62. I totally agree with you, especially with Matthew Morrison (I love Glee too!), John Cusack (Grace is Gone and Martian Child are two of my fave movies ever.), and Patrick Dempsey. Although I have to admit that I didn't know about Dempsey until Grey's and Ever Afte.

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  63. I think you have a fine list there, and I too am married to a geek. I will have to think about who else Id put on your list. An obvious one from the early 80s would be Val Kilmer in his role in Real Genius :)

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  64. I pretty much agree with you on every single one of those! Also, Hugh Grant: foppish HOT. He just screams HOLD ME. My mother always teased me for going for the nerds, but whatever. Glad to see there are other women like me out there!

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  65. Ha Ha! I love this! I AGREE!!! The strange, interesting, unique, bring-something-to-the-table kind of guys are WAY hotter than the obvious choices. Here is some very unconventional hotties to me:

    -Jeff Goldblum: super nerd AND super creepy, not to mention MASSIVE ears= is HOT
    -Viggo Mortensen: yes, many find him attractive as well, and he is a major player, but he does very interesting movies, and plays unique characters. He also seems (by interviews) pretty awesome
    -Phillip Seymour Hoffman: AMAZING actor, weird and interesting characters, and super cuddly=hot. Not to mention, a natural blonde...rare!
    -James Carville: SMART, HILARIOUS, and outspoken, and usually right. I'm also sure his wife loves his VERY BALD head. Smart people in politics=hot
    -Art Alexakis from Everclear: Skinny, hollow eyes normally don't get me excited but he is a BRILLIANT music artist, nerdy, smart, kind, and fights for a good cause (and no, not like in a BONO kind of way, but in a way that is incredibly honest and no one knows about)

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  66. LOL! Love the post! You need to stay out of my head though...the first two, totally stolen from my own list...and the last one, you wouldn't believe how many people didn't realize (probably still don't) that Patrick Dempsey played that role! =0)

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  67. Happy SITS day! This post solidified why I love the nerds in this world. Thank you! But I will admit to loving the bad boys and the pretty men.

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  68. Paul Rudd- yummy! And I second whoever mentioned John Krasinski. I don't usually like the traditionally hot guys. Long live the Geeks!

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  69. Big thumbs up on all! I know I'm not gonna get many public "Amens!" but my weird faves are Kevin Spacey and William Shatner. Don't judge

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  70. Excellent list!!!! Mine is Rowan Atkinson. I know...WHAT!!! But you will see what I mean if you watch the moving "Keeping Mum" It is a British movie that came out in 2005.

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  71. I tell my daughters that those geeks in school today usually turn out look hot and are rich.

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  72. Hello from Sits! I love this post because I am exactly the same! I was always more drawn to the nerds and the geeks. But you know, not toooo nerdy or geeky. I married the biggest band nerd of all time but he is also very HOT! (And yeah, I hate the show Glee but I totally watch it because of him.)

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  73. Love Zack Levi....and I can't wait for Chuck to return to tv.

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  74. I think Jesse James is HOT and I am not even into bikes or cars or whatever!

    Congrats on your SITS day!!

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  75. OMG! Those are GEEKS??! What IS the world coming to when my hotties lists are considerd the geeks of the world?? They are so not....Dennis Quaid is my dream-time favorite.....and Ken Russell in Tombstone, **sigh** And I have my personal own, in Excy - smart, charming, funny cowboy/architect.....

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  76. Yep, married to King of the Nerds! The daughter calls him Dork!

    Zach Levi-- ever so hot! Can't wait for Chuck to return!

    happy sits day!

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  77. Hey am over here from SITS!
    I totally agree Paul Rudd and Will Smith are bloody gorgeous! Geeks are the best!

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  78. I'm a geek and I didn't even know it! How about Sean Astin??? Adorable as Mikey in Goonies, but he's been a dork ever since. Come on you love him too! :) Happy SITS day!

    Alex aka Ma What's for dinner.
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  79. I am so with you girl.. I also love John Hannah from Sliding Doors and Rebus. Colin Firth. I did a post like this a while back and was surprised at just how many geeky guys I like. *L* Great list!

    Happy Feature SITS day!

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  80. Happy SITS! and YES I agree! I wrote a post on my blog last month about my geeky crushes. Topping the list were John Krasinski, Paul Giamatti and Conan O'Brien. Yay I'm not alone!

    -Victoria D.

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  81. I'm with you on John Cusack, big time. And I'm more than a little afraid to answer your question, because I think I'm about to seriously gross some people out BIG TIME, but...

    I kind of have a thing for Tommy Lee Jones.

    There, I said it.

    He's not NERD hot, but he's unconventionally attractive, that's for sure. Check out "The Fugitive" and you *might* see what I mean. I hope.

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  82. Paul Rudd and John Cusack! Yes please! But I also love me some George Clooney....mmm, mmm good!

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  83. happy sits day! great post, gotta love those nerd hotties.

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  84. I {heart} geeks! I am not a Grey's Anatomy watcher, but Patrick Dempsey is too cute - I used to sit by him at the Kings ice hockey games...he was in between Ronald Miller and McDreamy.

    Holly

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  85. Happy SITS day! I thought this would be a tearful site (like the movie about the secret life of bees)
    but instead its funny. Zachary Quinto gets my vote for nerdy hottie (he played Spock in the 2009 Star Trek movie, and is a terrific villian on the TV show Heroes)

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  88. Happy SITS day!!

    Hello, lovers! I've been in love with Jake for sooo long. Have you seen The Good Girl? OMG. He had me from there.

    I love me some "nerds"...they make my heart beat a little faster :)

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  89. Ok I agree HOT HOT and HOT... so I ugess I like nerdy guys myself.. oh wait i remember now I married a band geek lol

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  90. I am SO on board with Paul Rudd and John Cusack. Heck yes.

    Congrats on your SITS day!

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  91. I wanna' be the filling in a Bradd Pitt/George Clooney sandwich! lol

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  92. i totally used to heart ronald miller, too!!! and i so love paul rudd! great picks. i, too, have glee as my most fabulous guilty pleasure! (i sang in the show choir in high school, but it was never that cool!)

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  93. I have always, and will forever, inform my husband that I would leave him for John Cusack. Not that this will ever happen... but he has been warned.

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  94. Love it! I am not into the "bad boy" look either. Josh Duhamel is one of my favorite celebrity hotties. I wouldn't call him a nerd but he isn't uber popular either.

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  95. I think what makes geeks hot is they don't think they are hot. Guys who think they are all that may have the right looks but the whole attitude is such a turn off!!

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  96. While I love me some George Clooney, I would absolutely die for Patrick Dempsey. HELLO gorgeous! Seriously. I fell for him in Can't Buy Me Love too! In fact I think I saw that movie like a million times! I'm also with you on Will Smith, I dind't realize he wasn't hot?!

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  97. Nah - geeks are hot! Or really, any guy w/an accent! I think Gerard (or Gerry if you're BFF's w/him or something!) Butler is some eye candy! Thanks for the good laugh though on your post tonight! Have a great SITS day.

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  98. Well, shoot I didn't ever think I had weird taste in men, until I just looked at all those men you picked out, and well, totally my taste! Shoot!

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  99. I love all these guys! So cute! I would add Ron Livingston to the list-- Office Space Nerd!

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  100. Hi! I'm new to SITS and reading this post is my first! And I'm so glad I joined because I absolutely love this post! I'm a total dork and I've crushed on dorks all my life! Aside from the dorks you mentioned, these are my other celebrity crushes... Jared Padalecki (who played on Gilmore Girls and currently Supernatural where he always goes into libraries to do research), Justin Bartha (who plays the gorgeous dorky sidekick in the National Treasure movies), and of course John Krasinski... =D

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  101. I am so with you. I love geeks. I married a geek.

    Will Smith is a nerd? Wha??? I've been in love with him ever since Fresh Prince of Bel Aire.


    Stopping in from SITS.

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  102. ok... I sooo wouldn't have thought of geeks with some of my fave men- but, yes, they did play geeky boys

    I LOVE John Cusack and Patrick Dempsey and I have for YEARS!!!!

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  103. Um... can I add Tim Curry? Is he kinda nerdy? I always thought he was attractive :) Might be the RHPS nerd coming out in me, though :-P

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  104. Yep. Yep. Yep. All totally hot. I also used to have a wee thing for Niles from Frasier. Geeky, and sweet-natured. Hot. I found you via SITS. I love your blog.

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  105. Great post! I love Glee! And yes, geeks are hot!

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  106. I'm married to a geek that has an amazing sense of self assurance and confidence...as a matter of fact he pretty much thinks he's God's gift to the world! LOL....but it IS really great to be married to someone who can pretty much solve any problem...and fix ANYTHING!

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  107. LOVE all these guys!! I really, really have a thing for the Glee teacher. Oh mah gaw - LOVE HIM.

    And happy SITS day to you yesterday, btw!!

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  108. Awesome pics of cuties! I totally agree!

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  109. Oh....Paul Rudd...YESSSSSSSSSSS! Hot and funny! Love him! And Glee - can't get enough of Glee (or Modern Family).

    Tamara
    www.theunexperiencedmom.com

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  110. I love me some Paul Rudd! What's there not to love?

    I think Adrien Brody is hot. I have a thing for big noses.

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  111. I LOVE this post. Unconventional Hot is WAY better! And geeks are awesome too! Hehe. I'm getting married to one too!

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  112. Great list! I would have to agree with the nerdy, smart, hot thing!

    Happy (belated) SITS feature day! I'm so behind the times ;)

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  113. Oh this is so good! I married the geek! But back in my dating days......NEVER dated the nerdy guy!!! EVER!

    I definitely think I made the right choice!

    I've had this weird attraction to John Cusack forever! He's for sure got it going on in my book!

    Nerds Rule, baby!

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