This is how geeks have evolved

Tracing the evolution of the geek, this infographic by US-based startup Freetown shows the lineage of the original ‘gecken’ (a term used in the 1500s as an insult labeling someone as a foolish tool) and how the term has branched out to encompass the mutant sub-variants of the geeks we now know, like the otaku geek, the Star Wars geek, and the tech geek. Gets a bit out of hand with all the unwieldy arrows, but, still, respect for enlightening all modern geeks on their rich ancestry.

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