Ohh 2009. It’s been an interesting year. And by interesting I mean the general consensus is that 2009 was a growing year. And by growing year I mean it sucked.
However, 2009 did produce a couple awesome goodies to compensate for it’s general suckitude.
Therefore, it is my absolute pleasure to present to you:
The Top 10 Super Awesome Geeky Fun Things of 2009
These adorable, squishy testaments to our mass addiction to our social networks were a
sign storm siren that our virtual lives are rapidly bleeding into our real lives. But they’re so cuuuuute!
Geeks of the world were shocked and awed by the genius of the Tauntaun sleeping bag. I mean, it’s like LIVING one of the most awesome parts of Star Wars. Except you don’t have to deal with the mess. Or the smell. Or the arctic tundra that is Hoth.
Since we’re on the topic of living out Star Wars, the Yoda Plush Backpack must be addressed. Flash back to Dagobah Swamp… You’ve just met this strange little wrinkly dude who mixes his parts of speech and kinda seems like an all out pest.. little did you know he would groom you to meet your potential as the most powerful Jedi knight of all time! Meanwhile, you’re stuck giving him a piggy-back ride through this God-forsaken swamp.
Fulfill your destiny one humble step at a time.. or just show the world how big of a geek you truly are.
Not necessarily as geeky as Star Wars gear, but I still think it qualifies as geeky. I love The Beatles. I love Rock Band. So I got The Beatles Rock Band, complete with instruments modeled after John Lennon’s Rickenbacker 325 guitar, George Harrison’s Gretsch Duo Jet guitar, Paul McCartney’s Höfner bass AND Ringo Starr’s classic “The Beatles” bass drum cover. When I heard that this would be released (I heard about it something like a year ago?), I was stoked. However, The Beatles wouldn’t be The Beatles without super catchy harmonic lines, too. Guess what? THREE PART HARMONY SUPPORT!! It’s like the video game gods smiled on the music geeks of the world (although you could argue that the music from Halo, Zelda and Super Smash Bros Brawl is the gaming world’s contribution to music).
Anyway, Beatles Rock Band? Heck yes!
Price: $59.99 (Game Alone)-$249.99 (Bundle with game, mic, drums & guitar)
Who doesn’t love Legos? Lego already has an awesome line of video games out there, so taking on Rock Band was obviously the next natural step. Unfortunately, they didn’t make super mega awesome Lego controllers. Get on it, Lego-maniacs!
6. Bacon Salt
Please don’t disown me, but I don’t eat pig meat. Pork, ham, piggy bacon, and all other piggy parts make me very very ill. Additionally, piggy parts are all a bit too heavy & salty for me.
HOWEVER, I do recognize the geek world’s fondness, nay obsession, with bacon. Hell, even I like bacon on occasion (just not the piggy kind – I’m not exactly what you’d call a masochist). Thus I recognize the geeky miracle that is Bacon Salt.
Yes. Bacon Salt is bacon flavored salt, so you can make everything taste like bacon. You can find it at most major grocery stores or online.
7. Plush Jobs
I know they’re all sold out (believe me, I really want one), but it’s still hilariously awesome. It’s a cuddly Steve Jobs, ready for travel, fun and adventure! I can’t describe him nearly as well as Tomi of PodBrix does, so I’ll let you read what he has to say:
Plush Jobs loves you. Cuddle up with him and pretend he’s whispering corporate secrets in your ear. Jobs enjoys hanging out with your other stuffed animals… also he adores Barbie. But please keep him away from computers running Windows, he hates those.
Plush Jobs would like you to know that he is completely handmade and that his glasses are constructed from wire. He also mentions that even his shoelaces are hand stitched. Plush Jobs says that he is quite tall at 43cm (17″ inches) high. He thinks it would be very nice to live at your house.
Plush Jobs is not for children. Unfortunately he is a choking hazard. Please be 18 or older to handle Jobs responsibly.
Price: $27.99, but sorry! It’s sold out
A coworker of mine actually owns one of these beauties, and it is as amazing as it sounds.
Seriously, though. It’s a Chia Head made in the likeness of the POTUS. How awesome is that?
Additionally, in writing this post, I discovered that there is a set of 4 patriotic Chia Heads including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Lady Liberty AND they make a Hillary Clinton Chia Head. Lemme tell you, Hillary Clinton with a green Chia ‘fro is a sight to behold. And by a sight to behold I mean hilarious.
Price: $19.95 a piece, $7.95 S&H (order more than one and they wave S&H, though)
9. Star Trek
One of the keystones of geek culture is reignited in the form of a 2 hour badass-fest. Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike rejoiced in the revival of one of the greatest, geekiest icons of all time, ushering in a new generation of Star Trek fandom.
Rife with homages to the original series (think red-shirts dying first), eye candy, and action, Star Trek not only satisfied the geeky masses, but converted a new era of former non-geeks. WIN!
To finish off this amazing list, I had to pull out the big guns, and 2009 made it a very easy choice. With no further ado, I present to you:
Betcha forgot about this one, didn’t you?
Ok, so maybe not so much forget as block from your memory.
Too bad! This epic, magical shirt is, in reality, neither epic nor magical. However, it’s Amazon reviews are. The hundreds of hilarious reviews earned this shirt a place in the meme hall of fame, and in the closing spot on my list of the Top 10 Geek Toys of 2009.
So there they are! My picks for the most hilarious and/or awesome contributions to geek culture of 2009! What would YOU add to the list?