PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not take a road trip to celebrate your inner geek?
Years removed from the alien invasion in ‘War of the Worlds,’ you can visit Grover’s Mill Pond near Princeton. Skip the bird or plane and drive to the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company.
Author Ben Goldacre admits, “I’m a kind of all-around nerd.” He’s the mind behind NerdyDayTrips.com. Think things like, “Weird, interesting bits of geography that overlook nuclear power stations in a horrible and incongruous way.”
On his crowdsourced Google map, thousands of points guide you to such places near and far.
It’s viewable by all and open to tinkering by insiders — that’s you, if you know a place like this:
“My favorite nerdy day trip in the UK is probably Kelvedon Hatch which is an abandoned nuclear bunker. It was going to be the emergency location for our government. There’s a little brown tourist sign on the road that says ‘Secret Nuclear Bunker, This Way.’ It’s really vibey. The farmer who owns the land has turned it into this kind of museum that really evokes the sense of what it was like when you were a kid and genuinely worrying about dying in a nuclear war.”
One within driving distance for us — Battery 223, an abandoned World War II-era bunker on Cape May that fortified the coast from foes; friends can still get close.
“Maybe you think that’s boring and nerdy, but that’s exactly how I like to spend my Saturday afternoon.”
Add your own: Pennsylvania and New Jersey are in need of a few more geeks to speak up.
Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060