The Awkward Gene

Originally published on 10/10/2010

Awkwardness is part of the human genetic footprint. Not many people know this, but there is a gene (the awkward gene) that controls how awkwardness is uniquely expressed in each one of us. To date, scientists have not been able to isolate the awkward gene because it is expressed across such an enormously broad spectrum of human behaviors, but I assure you it exists.

Take for example the young man who becomes tongue-tied around girls. Awkward gene. Or that guest at every wedding who insists, in spite of a complete lack of rhythm, on dancing in the center of the party circle. Awkward gene. Or the rabid baseball parent who makes a habit out of screaming and flailing at umpires because, “He was safe, darn it, why don’t you wake up and get your head in the game…boy did you miss that one…whatever happened to the tie going to the runner…yeah, I’m talking to you meathead…” (Sorry). Awkward gene. read more