While the average people takes up a hobby like playing sports, baking — or even stamp collecting — there are a handful of unique individuals that consider these common pass-times mundane. So what do these people do instead? According to British website Gifts.co.uk, they enjoy the thrill of hobbies like extreme ironing or the mad world of competitive ‘mooing’.
In the following oddly insightful infographic, they look at fifteen of the most strange hobbies from across the globe. Take a look below and see if you’re brave enough — or strange enough — to consider taking up one of these hobbies.
The 15 most bizarre hobbies around the world
The idea behind the toy voyaging hobby is to give people the opportunity to send their toys off on an adventure in various places across the world. As soon as you’re missing them too much, just ask the toy’s host to send them back.
Extreme Ironing was first founded in 1997, in Leicester, UK, by a man who was fed up with the boring chore that was ironing. He decided to take his ironing outside, and from there the hobby grew, seeing individuals take to mountains, helicopters, caves and even mid-air during a skydive to iron their clothes. This strange hobby somehow managed to gain quite a following and eventually led to the creation of a book, DVD and even a documentary on the activity.
Competitive Dog Grooming
The craze of competitive dog grooming involves grooming your dog in the most eccentric ways possible, leaving them looking like everything from Yoda to to the entire cast of Madagascar. This hobby takes an incredible amount of time and effort, but if you’re successful at competing in the increasing number of competitions available, you could find yourself winning up to $30,00 in a single event.
In the American state of Wisconsin, there’s a widely celebrated competition where competitors must imitate the sound of a cow the best of their ability. The competition attracts a surprising amount of entrants, with many practicing the hobby all year round for the occasion. The latest winner was a 10-year-old boy named Austin who shows a particular talent with this hobby. Austin received $1,000, a cow print jacket, a golden cow bell and a year’s worth of free subs from Cousins Subs when he won the state fair for the best ‘moo’.