10 unusual hobbies I have never heard of

1. Hot air balloon chasing. You watch a hot air balloon set off. You follow it to see where it lands. Here’s a site for tips: http://voices.yahoo.com/tips-chasing-hot-air-balloons-3889960.html?cat=11

2. Element collecting. You collect elements from the periodic table. People do this in different ways and of different purities.  Here’s the site of quite a famous collector with some information: http://www.theodoregray.com/periodictable/HowToGetOne.html

3.  Extreme dog grooming.  I’ve seen ninja turtles, pandas and poniesSome of the pictures I’ve seen are incredible but I can’t help but feel sorry for the dogs.  Here’s an example of extreme dog grooming a lion dog:-

4. Polishing dirt. Yes you can polish dirt into a nice shiny ball. You can even polish a turd(not that you’d want to). You don’t even need any equipment but dirt, water, a plastic bag and your hands. Here’s a link to a useful site on getting started:- http://relache.hubpages.com/hub/hikaru-dorodango

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5. Beetle fighting. You get different types of beetle to fight against each other. From the videos I’ve watched I found it interesting but disgusting at the same time. There is an entire site with hundreds of videos dedicated to bug fighting, unsurprisingly its Japanese:

http://www.japanesebugfights.com/

6. cryptozoology. Is the hobby of searching for animals whose  existence has not been proved or that have been thought to be extinct. Creatures like the giant squid, mountain gorilla and Okapi were previously cryptids(Animals who weren’t accepted as existent). A site dedicated to the hobby:-

http://www.cryptozoology.com/ 

7. Locksport. The art of unlocking locks purely recreationally. This is kind of a puzzle  solving activity that people now take part in all over the world. There are even competitions. Official site:-

http://locksport.com/

8. Mooing. Yes making cow noises  is an actual hobby. There is an actual competition every year that anyone can enter. Apparently it isn’t even as easy as it sounds, you need special skills.  Here’s a previous winner:

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9. Geocaching. This is free  real-world treasure hunting hobby using technology. There are hidden containers called geocaches with items inside these are located using a smart phone or gps. This hobby is to explore the world and share experiences with other members. Official site- http://www.geocaching.com/

10.  Competitive duck herding. Yes competitive duck herding is a hobby. You learn to heard duck like you would sheep. Which is apparently popular with the business types! here’s an article:-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/outdoors/6503589/Duck-herding-proves-a-quacking-success-as-a-corporate-day-out.html

 

Mushroom season over

Now that mushroom prime time is over I need a new hobby.

I wasn’t good at edible mushroom scavenging anyway. Was attempting to find chicken of the woods got so excited by finding a similar looking mushroom I didn’t bother to check my book. Started cooking it realized it smelt weird, checked my book and found out it was a completely different mushroom with a much less appetizing name- hairy curtain mushroom:|. They are called this because they have a hairy underside which I failed to notice because I was so excited. Luckily they are not poisonous.I was however brilliant at finding useless often inedible or poisonous mushrooms. The best mushrooms I found were liberty caps which wasn’t difficult because they’ve been growing all over the place. I did not eat them. That would be illegal.

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Above is the dreaded hairy curtain mushroom. This picture make my stomach turn. I can still smell them frying. Like an old sweaty sock smell.

Anyway I’ve quit playing games for the most part because they were sapping my life away. Seen as no one talks to me on here and I don’t want to ask anyone I know because they think hobbies are weird.  I’m going to search for some cool hobbies and compile a top ten list.