Unusual hobbies are a one of a kind way to fill your time when you do have some time to waste. People come up with all kinds of ideas. They don’t hesitate to put them into practice and transform them into real passions that might actually last an entire lifetime and even become a way of making money. Here is a list of unusual hobbies that people around the world engage in these days.
10 Weird Hobbies From Around the World
1. Playing dead
Chuck Lamb is the “dead body guy”. He enjoys playing dead and his “performances” in movies made him famous. His Twitter bio reads: “Best Dead Body in Show Biz” so that’s an achievement, right? Chuck’s also produced two movies and is listed on IMDB, alongside all his “acting” roles. Chuck’s own site is full of resources as well if you ever want to watch interviews with him or buy a shirt.
2. Lock picking
Lockpickguide is a website dedicated to “the art of lockpicking”. It provides you with all the information necessary for you to start picking any kind of lock. And because the author is such a well-rounded person, they also provided information about the legality of burglary tools in the States. The author also invites you to contribute if you know any of the tricks of the trade.
3. Storm chasing
If you have an unusual passion for weather reports, howstuffworks.com has a section where you can find out what you have to do in order to become a storm chaser. According to the article, storm chasers need to be patient and spend a lot of time on the road searching for a tornado. There are specific months when the storm chasing season is supposed to start and you need to be equipped with radios and phones to track weather data in real time. So a lot of planning goes into the whole process.
4. Dyeing dogs like wild animals
This is one of the most unusual hobbies in China where it gained great popularity lately. It’s a weird craze that nevertheless reflects some cultural norms. China hasn’t got a very good reputation with its treatment of their canine companions since the Cultural Revolution in the 60s and they’re infamous for their dog meat consumption. However, this craze has swept through the country even though it’s not exactly cheap to get a makeover. We still don’t know what the dogs have to say about this but dammit, aren’t they all good boys.
5. UFO spotting
Spookystuff.co.uk is where you can find out more about it but from what we can tell, aliens have a soft spot for the UK so plan your trips accordingly. Warminster, North Wales, and Edinburgh seem to abound in UFO activity so if you decide to go UFO spotting, bring some warm clothes, your binoculars, and your camera and start looking at the sky. As the article claims “spotting is for life” so if you really want to see a flying saucer you need true dedication.
6. Condom collecting
So this video is absolutely real. Thanks, God.
Some want them new, others want them… used. While protection is a crucial issue, let’s not overdo it, shall we?
7. Ghost hunting
If you are brave enough, that is a cool hobby. Get your ghost hunting gear if you feel like investigating that old, decrepit house at the end of the lane. A pair of night goggles and an EVP recorder are the basics of every novice so if you like the thrills and the spooks when chasing ghosts, this hobby might not feel so unusual to you. Just don’t accidentally summon anything.
8. Robot Building
For the ones who think that this would be a cool thing to do, there is a book that might help you get started. Build that mech you keep seeing in old school anime! Or a little thing with wheels, I don’t know. The main point is that there are plenty of resources out there from all kinds of aficionados so you’re sure to find a blueprint or schematic of a robot even you can build.
Real evidence or an elaborate hoax? The International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine proposes to inform and educate the audience on artifacts that might just prove the existence of creatures such as the mysterious Big Foot. Also, the gift store is pretty neat. The museum is worth a visit and the tickets are very affordable if you want to dive more into cryptozoology and the weird science of unknown animals.
Though one unusual hobby, Geocaching is becoming more and more popular. It is a modern-day treasure hunt that’s available in every major city. Simply pick a geocache and discover where it’s been hidden. Document your journey, take notes on the cache and put it right back for another player to find. Just sign up on the site and begin your adventure!
There are definitely some weird hobbies out there and we think we barely scratched the surface. Human beings have a fascination with the strange and the unusual and there’s bound to be niche groups and crazy practices. In the end, if that is your passion then there’s nothing wrong with it. Unless it’s number 6.
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