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Twitter nerds unite to share pick-up lines before Valentine's Day

February 6, 2009 |  6:25 pm
But, I hardly know you!   (Marco Gomes / Flickr.)

Warming up their underused love circuitry for Valentine's Day, members of the online nerdocracy have begun feverishly passing around their best pick-up lines via Twitter. 

"If I were an enzyme, I'd be DNA helicase so I could unzip your genes. [bphuff]

Whoa, there fella! Yes, in the nerd tradition of online sharing, all lines are open source and freely available. Browse them at, where the meme has become one of today's most popular, generating more than 2,000 tweets. All that creativity must've taken a lot of nerd energon cubes!

I own an Second Life [bitfaker]

One has to wonder, however, if in their excitement, the nerds aren't doing themselves a romantic disservice. Come Feb. 14, the bars in Silicon Valley are sure to be teeming with self-styled Cupids -- faces newly washed, pants pressed, Jägermeister quaffed -- armed with a quiver of new lines and ready to deploy them. But then when a poor nerd lets his best shot fly, like:

"Roses are #ff0000, violets are #0000ff. all my base are belong to you," [aleivag] [tshirt]

... he's sure to hear the object of his desire, the one to whom his bases belong, answer back:

"Eww, nerd! That's like the 5th time I've heard that tonight! What, are all you nerds sharing lines on Twitter or something?"

You see, my nerdy friends, a line is only as good as it is fresh, and by cycling and recycling all the good ones online, you're just stepping on each others' penny loafers. And that kind of un-smooth behavior will never get you in position to get to the last level, where you could drop a game-winner like this:

"I like Battlestar Galactica. Wanna frack?" [nuclearbastard]

Help us -- I mean help these nerds out a little by offering a few original lines in the comments ... Maybe if we add a few thousand more to the list, there won't be as many repeats, and a few lucky nerds will gain some experience points.

Here's mine, for you advanced nerd lovers out there:  0100100101110011001000000110100101110100001000000110100001101111011101

-- David Sarno