NERDS ARE PEOPLE, TOO: One of the sure harbingers of the apocalypse, the series “King of the Nerds,” has been renewed. Yes, that show exists. And yes, it made it into season two. The concept is a reality show staple: Take 11 “nerds,” stick them in a house together and give them competitive tasks to do. Sort of like a high school gym class, except without all that towel-snapping. The winner of the whole endeavor gets $100,000. Which just goes to show trying to find legitimate work just doesn’t pay. To add a big dorky cherry to the program, its hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, stars of the 1984 movie “Revenge of the Nerds.” Can you say “typecast?” If you are so inclined, the show is on TBS at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
NO PLACE LIKE THE ARENA: Chances are, you have a home. And that home may possibly have a garden in it. If either of these statements describes you, then this is your lucky weekend. It’s the annual NEPA Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena. There will be tons of exhibits and displays with experts offering products and services for folks who like to to a little work about their abode. There will even be special appearances by HGTV hosts Jeff Devlin and “Collector Inspector” Harry Rinker. The show runs Friday through Sunday.
DANG BLASTED NABBIT: Get ready, folks. Dust off your old cowboy hat, polish up the pickax and break out the Prospector-to-English Dictionary on Friday for the aptly named “Talk Like A Grizzled Prospector Day.” Yes, you too can throw about the words “vittles,” “tarnation,” “varmint” and “gosh dangit” with reckless abandon and feel ashamed. If you have any trouble getting into the swing of the day, try this handy phrase on for size: “Dang nabbit, it be colder than a varmint’s ventricle in that cotton stuffin’ shack me and the missus done put down stakes in. Tarnation and Hades fire!” … Translation: Can you please turn up the heat. It’s a bit chilly.
WORST WISHES: From all of us here at “5 Things” — aka, the guy who writes it — we’d like to wish you a lousy day this Saturday. We hope your day is filled with annoyance, frustration and exasperation. May your dreams go unmet, your worst fears realized and may the fleas of a thousand camels nest in your armpits. … Now, before you pull out the white “insult glove” and get ready to slap, we’d also like to tell you that Saturday is “Opposite Day.” So what we are really doing is wishing you the exact OPPOSITE of what we said. See? Although exactly what the opposite of a thousand camels’ fleas entails is up for debate.
THE FIRST BYTE OF THE APPLE: If you have an iPhone or an iPad, a laptop, personal computer or any other electronic gadget, take a moment Saturday and wish a happy 30th birthday to your device’s great-granddaddy. It was on Jan. 25, 1984, Apple’s Macintosh computer first went on sale and started a revolution. It wasn’t the first home computer, or initially the most successful, but the Macintosh introduced features like the mouse and desktop icons that made it easier for the average person to use. In this modern age of megabytes, gigabytes and kazillionbytes it’s almost quaint to read the specs of the original: a 32-bit microprocessor, a built-in 3 1/2-inch disk drive, a 9-inch display, 64k ROM and 128k RAM. Suggested price: $2,495. To note the occasion, the folks at Apple have declared Jan. 25 Macintosh Computer Day. There’s a shindig planned, if you can make it to Cupertino, Calif.