Thanks to The Big Bang Theory, nerds are cool and science has never been so much fun. And they’ve done a pretty good job at filling that Friends-shaped void left in E4’s schedule over the past year. But unlike Friends, The Big Bang Theory is chocked full of awesome games, interesting gadgets and pop-culture memorabilia you can actually own for reals! It’s a proper nerdgasm! I’m not talking about Xbox 360’s, Nintendo Wii’s or marathon World of Warcraft sessions. That’s kids stuff. No, no. I’m delving into the deepest, geekiest depths of the show. That thing in the background on the bookshelf you see for a split second? Yep, you can probably buy that.

Some of the things I found myself typing into Google were beyond embarrassing. If I was searching ‘What episode of The Big Bang Theory features a 3D Star Trek chess game?’ in a public place, I’d be looking over my shoulder and hoping no girls would see what I was doing. Seriously, this is the most nerdy, time-consuming feature I’ve ever written. But did we ever see Ross Gellar swinging around a limited edition Klingon sword or using a light sabre as a torch? I don’t ruddy think so! And that attention to detail is why we love The Big Bang Theory.

10. Sheldon’s T-shirts

Available at 80stees.com here:

Seen in: Every single episode

Without fail, every episode of The Big Bang Theory showcases a wonderful t-shirt from the wardrobe of Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Made up mainly of superhero shirts, my favourite is the evolution of man shirt ending with a robot. They’re a familiar staple of the show and for the producers, a nice little money spinner too. Type ‘Sheldon Cooper’s t-shirts’ into Google and you’re absolutely spoilt for choice, they’re all over the internet. Just avoid the crap ‘Bazinga!’ shirts.

9. Star Trek Tri-Dimensional Chess Board

Available at Amazon.com here:

Seen in: Season one, episode 11: ‘The Pancake Batter Anomaly’

I don’t get chess, so seeing it played on a fancy three-dimensional Star Trek board scares the life out of me. But, if you’re as good at it as Sheldon is, then you’ll be pleased to know such a board is available on Amazon.com for the bargain price of $495.11 (a mere £317!). Be quick though, there are only thirteen left in stock! Just think, if you win a game, you can taunt your opponent and say ‘it must be humbling to suck on so many levels’. The opportunity to utter such a quip is worth the money alone.

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This article was first posted on August 9, 2012