Ted Mosby is the main character of How I met your mother however, it is also the most underrated. Many fans feel that Neil Patrick Harrison’s Barney Stinson outshines him, but Ted is funny in his own way too. His humor is more subtle, which is what makes Ted so unique.
His interests and hobbies are just a few of the things that make him such a fun character. His favorite assets aren’t something his friends enjoy doing with him, but that doesn’t make them any less intriguing. In fact, Ted has several quirks that viewers often ignore.
10 Tell fun facts about architecture
Ted has one of the strongest work ethic of the main characters in How i met your mother, which is shown by how passionate he is about his work. Architecture isn’t just something he does to get by, it’s something he really enjoys.
Learning about old buildings and retelling architectural facts to his friends is one of Ted’s favorite things. In fact, he loves it so much that he makes a bet with Barney that he will give him a six-hour study of early 20th-century American architecture if he wins.
At times, Ted has shown that he enjoys differentiating fonts. It’s not mentioned too often, but many of Ted’s quirks are only mentioned during the time he’s relevant. When he’s not sure what to say on a date, Ted makes a small talk discussing the printed font on his menus. He mentions that while many mistake the font for Helvetica, it is actually Helvetica Bold.
Typography is a type of art that many enjoy, but the funny thing is that Ted was lying to sound more interesting. He later admits that it is just old Times New Roman. To be fair, the school’s basic essay font isn’t nearly as fun as Helvetica.
8 Preparation of information folders for road trips
Unless it is an intentional part of the road trip, most people stop as little as possible to get to their destination. Sitting in the car for hours on end isn’t the most enjoyable thing in the world, but Ted still finds a way to have fun. He makes a folder for his and Lily’s trip to the wedding, called “Manhattan to Farhampton: Lil ‘and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”
It’s packed with facts about the places they’ll pass through, and while Lily isn’t interested in the binder, it’s great for people who enjoy architecture and landmarks as much as Ted. Ted may have been deliberately overbearing in getting Lily out of the car, but the folder is still a fun idea and it’s definitely not Ted’s first.
7 With his red cowboy boots
Ted’s red cowboy boots are one of the funniest jokes to run on How I met your mother. Boots clash with his clothes a lot, but he is convinced that they enhance every outfit. Every time the gang makes a comment about them, he yells, “I do this!”
Ted can wear whatever he wants, but it’s funny how he treats the boots he bought to impress a saleswoman like they were one of his most prized possessions. She refused to help Robin sneak out of Barney’s house until she sent them a photo of her holding a pocket knife as if they were being held hostage.
6 The way you pronounce the words
Everyone has their own ways of pronouncing certain words and Ted’s are especially intriguing. Pronounce “Rebirth” as Ree-neigh-sance, but the best is the way it says “chameleon.”
Ted had never heard the word out loud and had only read it, so he says the word incorrectly in front of his students. In defense of Ted, he pronounces it exactly how it looks on paper and his way is much more fun. But Ted still feels the need to finish class early out of embarrassment.
5 Go to the Renaissance fair
The Renaissance Fair is a fun event that all kinds of people enjoy attending. However, within the gang, Ted is the lone wolf. No one shares your particular interests, although some might like you more than you realize if given a chance.
When Ted returns from the Renaissance fair, he is dressed in a medieval costume and proudly displays the ball and chain that he won. The comic part of the scene comes when Ted accidentally swings it too hard and leaves a hole in the ceiling.
4 Wear driving gloves
As Ted himself said, 99.9% of drivers in accidents were not wearing driving gloves, so this is definitely something that not many people do. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea.
Although Lily doesn’t think they really make a person drive better, Ted has a remarkable response. He asks why they call it “glove compartment”, which is hard to argue. The best part is that Tracy shares the cute quirk and wears driving gloves too. It’s just one of many reasons why Ted and Tracy were perfect for each other.
Ted doesn’t just do calligraphy, he excels at it. Her calligraphy has always been amazing, as her invitations to her high school dance were a hit. But Ted becomes a huge fan of the hobby and even takes lessons.
He was ecstatic when his new ink arrived and he even has a set of travel pens that he brings with him to Barney and Robin’s wedding. Barney, about whom some fans have unpopular opinions in How i met your mother, forces you to rewrite hundreds of place cards. As tedious as the task seemed to others, Ted seemed to really enjoy it.
2 Packing like a pro
Ted is a legend when it comes to packing and even Marshall and Lily know it. However, they did not accept the fact that people in Spain called him “Packer of great skill and merit”, because he was able to pack everything he needed for two weeks in a “hands-free belt bag.”
But Ted is the person to call when things need to be packaged with Tetris-like precision, and he dresses for the occasion. He puts on a coat and sunglasses and wears packing tape on his belt.
1 Singing acapella
Acapella is a beautiful form of music, so it’s not surprising that Ted is a fan of it. However, it was a shock that he sang it and sang it well. Ted sings with a group of men at a gathering for which he was able to steal an invitation and finds himself a perfect fit.
Ted is really good at acapella and his voice blends in well with the other singers. One of the men tells him how impressive his lyrical baritone is and he’s not wrong.
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