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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Weird Hobbies

Are you bored? Fighting the winter doldrums? Avoiding homework? Maybe you just need to spice up your life. Perhaps you're hoping to attract an available member of the opposite sex with your mad skillz.

Whatever the reason, it's never too late to get a new hobby. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

This is the art of creating shiny balls out of mud. It takes lots of patience, but the end result is well worth the effort. Plus, it's a very low-cost venture. It's dirt cheap, pun intended. Dorodango is a great way to show your creative side while making a lovely conversation piece for your dorm room.

Have you ever pictured yourself suspended from a cliff... ironing your Sunday-best shirt? Well, look no further, because this is the hobby for you! As seen in this youtube video, Phil Shaw, aka "STEAM" says, "Extreme ironing is the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt." Can't get any better than that.

Duct Tape. (Is it duct or duck?) Arguably the strongest adhesive material in the world, right after Gorilla Glue and Amy Winehouse's hairspray. From hats to purses to guitar straps, duct tape has been revolutionizing the fashion world. It may just take a long time to catch on. But I'm not losing hope. If you're lucky enough to be in high school AND have a date AND aren't afraid of scaring them off, you might consider making your prom getup out of duct tape. Just go to stuckatprom.com for more info.

If you've ever had the urge to demonstrate your split-second reactionary photography skills, try getting a picture of someone barfing. Bodily fluids can become art when they are captured on film.

Apparently, some people aren't afraid of snakes. Don't forget to register for your permit if you're lucky enough to live in rattlesnake territory. Hey, at least you can hear when they're coming. It might be easier than hunting those quiet, cute animals. I dare PETA to protest rattlesnake hunting... let's see how many people jump on that bandwagon.

This sport is like paintball, but instead of balls of paint, they use plastics BBs instead. Yeah, that sounds painful. Don't believe me? Take a look at this. I'd find new friends if I was that guy.

All the thrill of a medieval sword fight or jousting match, but with less potential for death. Boffers are padded weapons, and are used by bofferers to hit each other in a combat-like manner. Even if you don't decide to check out this hobby, just try saying "boffering". Really. It's fun to say. Boffering.

Stereotypically, yodeling is the art performed by lederhosen-clad Alpine folk or country western singers with beehive hairdos. But, with a little practice, and a lot of support and forgiveness from your friends, you too can master this ear-splitting talent.

This guy really impresses me. He has way too much time on his hands. This talent could be really cool, but the downside is, you can't do it in public. It requires access to a camera, and software to reverse and edit the tape. But still... the coolness factor of this skill is beyond amazing.

What would a hobby suggestion list be without giving a nod to the extra-terrestrials? This really is not an exact science because nobody knows when the little green men will make an appearance. You'll have to be very patient and observant. If you're lucky, you'll get a glimpse of a UFO, and if you're not lucky, you might just get vaporized. Be careful.

I hope this list has been useful. You really should try something new. Just don't hold us responsible if you do something stupid while trying to master one of these pastimes. Happy Hobbying!

1 comment:

Bracie said...

Hey-- I qualify for three of those hobbies-- Boffing, AirSoft, and yodeling. Weird? I don't think so. Well, maybe...