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Nerd Specializations: Brainiac

Brainiac by Bixentro
This is the nerd who single-handedly mops the bar floor with competitors...on trivia night. A brainiac knows intimate (some might say useless) details about anything you can think of, can tell you on what day March 15th will fall in 2179, and knows how to convert a broken microwave into a death ray. 

Remember that last part when you decide who gets into your bunker during the zombie apocalypse.

Braniacs may be fascinating, intimidating, or completely boring depending on what they're talking about at the time, but they are usually happy conversing about any topic you care to throw at them. 

Often brainiacs struggle with distraction--when you find everything interesting, it's difficult to focus--and can have trouble with certain social skills such as understanding why other people might not want to discuss a topic like how fly larvae can be used to calculate time-of-death. There plenty of brainiacs who do well in a group of strangers, but their concentrated efforts on developing their vast catalog of knowledge can sometimes lead to a deficiency in social graces. It's fine to let someone know if the conversation starts making you uncomfortable, but if you're too polite to tell someone the topic is boring, it's usually simple to introduce a new subject by asking a brainiac what he knows about it.

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