Bill Gates Hacked His High School’s Computers to Be Placed in All-Girls Classes

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Teen heartthrob Bill Gates.
Teen heartthrob Bill Gates.Photo: Bruce Glikas

Bill Gates, a computer genius, has not always been a genius when it comes to talking to girls. (Shocking, I know.) This weekend he revealed to the BBC that when he was in high school, he and fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen would hack into his school’s scheduling software and sign Gates up for all-girls classes to up his chances of getting a date.

“Paul did the computer scheduling with me,” Gates said. “Unfortunately for him he was two years ahead of me and he was off to college by then. So I was the one who benefited by being able to have the nice girls at least sit near me. It wasn’t that I could talk to them or anything — but they were there. I think I was particularly inept at talking to girls, or thinking, ‘OK — do you ask them out, do you not?’ When I went off to Harvard I was a little bit more sociable. But I was below average on talking to girls.”

I can’t speak for all women, but all women love it when dudes secretly manipulate situations to make themselves appear more appealing. It’s really romantic.