Of Quirks and Quarks

Published February 11, 2015 by Jess Arwen
Inspired by the Daily Prompt First Light , “Remember when you wrote down the first thought you had this morning? Great. Now write a post about it.”


noun \ˈkwərk\
: an unusual habit or way of behaving
: something strange that happens by chance

noun \ˈkwrk, ˈkwärk\
physics : any one of several types of very small particles that make up matter

This morning, one of my first thoughts revolved around Terry Pratchett’s Discworld collection of satirical fiction.  Since my boyfriend introduced me to his hilarious and out-of-the-box perspective on life, I’ve devoured every book I could get my hands on.  My dad and I discussed Pratchett’s way of creating sense from nonsense.  Now you know one of my quirks.  In order to tie this back to quarks, you must first meet my closest friends.

Shawn– he’s the comic book master of our group.  He always wears either Captain America or Green Arrow paraphernalia as they are his favourites from Marvel and DC respectively.  Shawn also enjoys most science-fiction movies and television, such as Star Wars, Star Trek (all of them from the original series, to Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, as well as the movies), Stargate (all series and movies), Eureka, Doctor Who, the list goes on.  This is obviously a quirk we share.

Kate– she enjoys the Marvel and DC movies and comics, like Shawn.  Kate is also a brilliant Psychology major and could tell you anything you wanted to know about that.  She finds Criminal Justice fascinating, so she is an expert on most of the Criminal/Detective television series.  She and Shawn typically watch them together, but Kate is the ultimate expert.  I enjoy the same series, but not with as much gusto as them.

Luke– is a History and English double-major.  Thus, he knows about every war and the motivations that began each war, but he also is aware of the times of peace, since that is when most art develops, and literature in abundance.  I am also an English major, so we enjoy discussing the classics.  Then, when we’re together with everyone, we apply classical forms to analyse all our favourite television series, movies, comics, or anything else we find.

As you can see, we all have our own quirks, and these quirks brought us together to be the nerd herd that we have come to love so fondly.  In our group, these quirks set us apart from each other, but the quirks allow us to create a greater net of nerdy knowledge.  These quirks are our quarks.  While quarks are the pieces that comprise subatomic particles like protons and neurons, our quirks comprise parts of our personality that comprise part of us as a whole.

What quirks are your quarks?


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