Why thank you Neil deGrasse Tyson, you are out of this world, too.

Why thank you Neil deGrasse Tyson, you are out of this world, too.

Here at KU, the staff isn’t shy of flirt­ing. We flirt with cus­tomers, with each oth­er, and even with our­selves (OK, I can’t speak to the rest of the staff on that last one, but all I’m say­ing is that if you’ve nev­er looked your­self in the mir­ror and said aloud ‘my, my, someone’s look­ing adorably nerdy/damn sexy/pleasurably pleas­ant today,’ then you’re miss­ing out. Makes the soul feel good.) So Flirt­ing Day on Feb­ru­ary 18 should prob­a­bly be one of Kards’ offi­cial hol­i­days, behind May the Fourth Be With You Day, Pierogi and Taco Days, and, you know, actu­al hol­i­days.

Flirt­ing Day, or, alter­na­tive­ly, Flirt­ing Week if one needs more time for the flirtage, takes place each year in the third week of Feb­ru­ary as part of a post-Valentine’s week ded­i­cat­ed to cel­e­brat­ing sin­gle­hood. Oth­er days include Sin­gles Aware­ness Day and Per­fume Day. There’s not a whole lot of back­ground for this hol­i­day, but it’s pret­ty self-explana­to­ry. Find a per­son and have a good-natured, friend­ly, and most impor­tant­ly, not creepy flirt ses­sion.

Don’t know how to flirt? It’s cool, me nei­ther. (Have I brought up the fact that I’m a crazy cat lady way too many times while try­ing to woo a stranger? Yes. Yes, I have. And I will again and again and again because, well, you can’t teach an old cat new tricks.) How­ev­er, thanks to the inter­web, I have com­piled a list of some of the best nerdy pick­up lines to help you get your foot in the door. Once woo­ing is ini­ti­at­ed with the­se flaw­less lines,* you are free to flirt on, my friends.


For the sci­ence nerd:

Are you made of cop­per and tel­luri­um? Because you are CuTe.

Do you like sci­ence? Because I’ve got my ion you.

Do you have 11 pro­tons? Because you are Sodi­um fine!

For the music nerd:

I bet you and I could get into some seri­ous tre­ble togeth­er.

You must be a choir direc­tor, because you make my heart sing.

You had me at cel­lo.

 For the lit­er­ary nerd:

Charles Dick­ens may have given you Great Expec­ta­tions, but I can meet them.

I believe in The Impor­tance of Being Earnest, so I’m just going to say it: I’m Wilde about you.

I like books, you like books, why don’t we start writ­ing the sto­ry of us?

If it was 1984, and I was Big Broth­er, I’d only watch you.

For the com­put­er nerd:

You must be wi-fi, because I feel a con­nec­tion here.

Is your name Google? ‘Cause you’re every­thing I’ve been search­ing for.

Ros­es are #ff0000, vio­lets are #0000ff, all my base are belong to you.

For the video game nerd:

Are you wear­ing Pega­sus Boots? Because you’ve been run­ning through my mind all day. (Zel­da)

Are you a pikachu? Because you are shock­ing­ly beau­ti­ful. (Poke­mon)

I think some­thing is wrong with my auto-aim. I can’t take my eyes off you. (Halo)

Will you be my Final Fan­ta­sy? (Not explain­ing this one. If you don’t get it, you prob­a­bly shouldn’t use it.)

For the fan­dom nerd:

I’ve fal­l­en hard­er for you than Bran Stark. (Game of Thrones)

You’re the Obi-Wan for me. (Star Wars)

The fires of Mount Doom aren’t near­ly as hot as you. (Lord of the Rings)

Your phaser’s on kill, but you’re stun­ning me. (Star Trek)

You must play Quid­ditch. I know a Keep­er when I see one. (Har­ry Pot­ter)

You must be an angel because your beau­ty is blind­ing. (Super­nat­u­ral)

Are you a weep­ing angel? Because I can’t take my eyes off you. (Dr. Who)


All right, you are ready to head out on your flirt­ing adven­ture. Hap­py Flirt­ing Day!

*Pick­up lines have not been per­son­al­ly test­ed on humans, only my cat, who seemed to appre­ci­ate them. Or may­be she was purring at the bowl of food in my hand. Either way, results not guar­an­teed.

So, what do you think?