When I worked in a call center, I often found that people assumed a great deal about what I did and didn’t know, and when several of my team members started talking things nerdy (comics and Doctor Who), there were some stunned glances when I actually flexed my pop culture nerd muscles and dropped some knowledge on them. My knowledge of old-school Who impressed them, but the real kicker came when I not only KNEW Deadpool, but could discuss his history and the fact that Rob Liefeld cribbed much of his schtick from Teen Titans villain Deathstroke The Terminator. During that discussion, the standard question of what would happen if they fought came up, but one hardy young soul asked what has been a more important and enduring question: “If Deadpool and Deathstroke were fighting over a girl, who would they choose and who would win?” That young man, by the way, quit to work in a cheese factory, but his keen and unusual senses should have had him in the space program. (The answers, bee tee dubs, are “Gwen Stacy” and “Deathstroke, but at a serious cost personally and in terms of property damage”, just for the record.)
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is always a little bit entertained when people try to impress me with their knowledge of things nerdy, asking: What’s the strangest pop-culture question you’ve ever heard/been asked?