For the fortunate among you who have enough extra time to enjoy a hobby, good for you. But there are some strange hobbies out there. And while some hobbyists still collect stamps or coins or build models, hobbyists in the post-Internet age seem to enjoy one-upping each other by becoming involved in stuff weird enough that only other like-minded enthusiasts would appreciate.
Here’s a peek into some of the strangest hobbies:
15.) Toy Voyaging
The whole point of this is to send your toy off on a world adventure. There is a website called ToyVoyagers and it lets you choose a temporary home for your toy.
They can send your toy wherever you want and off they go!
14.) Extreme Ironing
Beginning in 1997, this extreme ironing obsession takes doing your chores to the mountain, helicopters, and skydiving.
It’s a great way to do all your ironing for the week!
In Wisconsin, there is a competition where competitors have to do their best impression of a cow. The latest winner was a ten-year-old boy.
He won $1,000, a cow pint jacket, and a golden cowbell!
12.) Train Surfing
This first began in Germany in the 1980s. As you can imagine, it’s extremely dangerous. Train surfing involves jumping on the outside of a passenger training and hitching a ride.
In 2008, over 40 people died in Germany doing this strange hobby.
11.) Tattooing Vehicle
This comes from a Taiwanese pensioner, who enjoys tattooing words from Buddhist texts onto automobiles.
At the time, his grandson promised that when he is older and has the money, he will buy his grandfather a bus so that he can make the most of his hobby.
In the UK, there is one man whole loves finding locations where there are live news reports.
He makes sure he tries to appear of the background of every shot.
9.) Collecting In-Flight Sick Bags
Surprisingly, websites are available for ‘Baggists’ to buy and trade any sick bags they may or may not have found on airplanes.
People have collections of this. Seems interesting…?
8.) Bug Fighting
Starting in Japan, bug fighting is when a variety of insects are put into a small arena to battle it out.
These fights are all record and the video is posted online.
7.) Fork Bending
There is another bizarre Japanese hobby called fork-bending.
It’s the theory that if you concentrate the mind, you will be able to bend the fork.
6.) Soap Carving
Starting in Thailand, it’s common to see hand-carved soap flowers sold at markets.
Since it’s a hobby, soap-carving is well respected and people sell their creations as souvenirs.
5.) Egg Shell Carving
People who carve eggshells probably couldn’t get enough fun from dyeing Easter eggs and came up with ways to spend more quality time working with this incredibly fragile medium. They use an egg blower to rid the insides of the egg and then draw a design on the shell.
A rotary tool, such as a Dremel, can carve out the design. Be warned: if you are the impatient type who is easily frustrated, you’d probably enjoy poking a needle in your eye more than you would carving egg shells.
4.) Dressing as a Furry
Maybe they enjoyed dressing as cats for Halloween or were always fascinated by animal mascots more than the football games. Whatever the reason, some people have made a hobby of dressing in animal suits. They call themselves furries, and when they wear their outfits, they become the characters.
Furries meet each other over the Internet and attend furry conventions. Some start believing they really are squirrels, wolves or whatever animal they portray, and adopt the mannerisms, even (or especially) when in public. Furries will touch, scratch and groom each other, all the while believing they really are those animals.
3.) Collecting Navel Lint
How bored do you have to be to want to stare at your navel, and painstakingly collect and save the lint? Thankfully, most people will never be that bored, but an Australian librarian, Graham Barker, has been doing just that for 26 years and won the Guinness World Record for his revolting feat.
Apparently, others are engaged in this gross hobby because Barker sent out a survey and received some responses—all of which were men—who confessed to enjoy partaking in collecting navel lint, too.
2.) Playing Dead
The only people who get a kick from playing dead, however, are the ones who are doing it. It just makes everyone else mad. Tourists who enjoy this game like to pretend they had a terrible accident while sightseeing—maybe they tripped and fell on a rocky path or had a heart attack at Disneyland.
They lie still and try not to breathe. The crowds who discover the “dead” bodies are naturally alarmed, but when they discover they were played, they might wish to really put the perpetrators out of commission, at least for a while.
1.) Extreme Dog Grooming
Some dog owners know no limits to the humiliation they subject their dogs to when they enter the extreme dog-grooming arena. Participants in this hobby spend their waking hours transforming their already beautiful dogs, usually standard poodles, into buffaloes, lions, football players, butterflies and flowerpots.
To do this, the owners must dye their dogs’ fur. Sadly, these dyes sometimes contain chemicals that can burn or irritate the skin, but some vegetable-based dyes are approved for use on dogs. Let’s at least hope these groomers use them.
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