We love the outlandish and extreme.
Who doesn’t like to just be odd, and poke fun at the world every now and then? And why not do it with your hobbies – like this random, kooky bunch of eccentric people
What hobbies bring the bizarre into your life, and get funny looks from the neighbors? Come on, you can share with us… (we won’t tell anyone).
To get your ideas flowing, here are five truly bizarre and surprisingly popular hobbies:
5. Extreme Dog Grooming
Dog grooming? Boring! Try extreme dog grooming.
This is the hobby for people who always wanted to own a mini-tiger, or a buffalo, perhaps an elephant, a peacock or a four-legged alien punk rocker. But you’ve only got a dog and those exotic animals are so expensive and illegal to get hold of.
So a big sub-culture of dog owners has come up with the solution to this problem – ‘extreme dog grooming’.
Check out these hilarious examples. My favorite’s the Ninja Turtle dog, although I would’ve gone with Michelangelo myself:
4. Guerrilla Gardening
Picture your typical gardener. I’m guessing you’re seeing a quiet, elderly, law-abiding man, pottering around among his shrubs.
But those crazy gardeners aren’t as meek and well-behaved as they seem. When night falls, they could garden anywhere. There’s no stopping them!
Guerilla gardening is a growing trend for sneaking onto property that’s not yours and gardening away.
Weeding, grooming, planting flowers. Public land or someone else’s garden, they just don’t care. If your garden’s a mess, watch out – you might just wake up one morning and it’s all pretty and weeded!
3. News Raiding
Hahaha, this one’s hilarious!
Definitely one of the hardest hobbies to follow, apart from maybe something like snow leopard-riding. News Raiding is simply appearing in the background of as many live news reports as you can.
Only one man is the master – Paul Yarrow – appearing in over 100 news reports and becoming news himself. God knows how he does it. Take a look at Paul ‘The Newsraider’ in action:
2. Yarn Bombing
Giving knitting a slightly cooler image (slightly), you might have seen the results of this pleasing-to-the-eye if not bizarre hobby around your town.
Yarn bombing makes urban areas look like they’ve been terrorized by a group of old age pensioner graffiti artists.
It’s not generally treated as harshly as graffiti, being only temporary and removable whenever someone feels like it, and because it’s just, well… knitting. Surely that can’t ever be illegal, can it?
Here’s an example of a girl yarn bombing a train:
1. Extreme Ironing
This bizarre hobby hits number one because it’s swept the world and become a large and popular sport – despite being damn weird!
Basically, the sport name says it all. You break out your ironing board and iron away in the strangest places you can think of. The middle of a freeway, while abseiling down a waterfall, while surfing, on a mountaintop while the ironing board is on fire.
Who said ironing was boring!?
We especially love this one because of the competitive challenge element. Check out what these badass ironers are doing to try and win:
Do you know any really bizarre, weird and outlandish hobbies? Do you do any? Don’t be shit, let us know!