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All hobbies appear somewhat bizarre to the people who don’t enjoy them. It is always hard to figure out how other people are able to derive pleasure from their respective hobbies. It is, for instance, hard for a person who is not into stamp collection to understand the ‘kick’ that the stamp collectors get from the hobby. It is similarly hard for people who are not into hitch-hiking, bird watching, gardening and so on to figure out what the makes the people who enjoy the respective hobbies’ tick. So there is some level of bizarreness in all hobbies. That being said, there are some hobbies that are truly bizarre (in the realest sense of the word). We venture to look at the five top ones. Worth mentioning about the hobbies we will be looking at is the fact that they are (relatively) widely practiced hobbies. There may be other more bizarre hobbies out there that are practiced by one or two people, but we won’t focus on those. Rather, we will focus more on bizarre hobbies that are enjoyed by considerable numbers of people.
Opening our list of the five most bizarre hobbies is ‘geo-caching’. Geo-caching is, for the most part, a bizarre hobby enjoyed by the adventurous folks. What happens here is that someone hides something (say, a box) underground, takes the GPS co-ordinates of the spot where he or she hid it, and the posts the same online. The challenge is for the people who come across the GPS coordinate postings to go looking for the hidden box using the guidance of the GPS coordinates alone. The ‘journey of discovery’ that follows is the source of joy for the people who go looking for the hidden box.
The second bizarre hobby worth of our attention is the one known as guerrilla gardening. Guerilla gardeners simply go about establishing gardens on plots of land they don’t own. That is what they derive pleasure from. Some are prolific. Once they establish a garden in one plot, they move to another, then another… leaving a trail of gardens in their wake (and in the process, helping beautify abandoned public spaces).
The third bizarre hobby we will be looking at is the one known as train-spotting. Train-spotting is not something you can do by yourself. What normally happens here is that one person takes note of the list of the locomotives operating in a given area, which he or she then posts somewhere where other train-spotters can see it (the list). The task for the train-spotters is, thereafter, to go looking for the listed locomotives, and they get a huge kick out of that! This sort of a hobby can get you into legal problems in some places (because your motives for going looking for the trains may be questioned).
The fourth bizarre hobby in our list is one that is referred to as planking. This is a simple hobby: where the hobbyist gets himself or herself photographed whilst lying ‘flat like a plank’ somewhere, and then proceeds to circulate the photo. Some get kicks from the photographing bit (when they are photographed lying as flat as planks). Others get kicks from sharing the photo. It is hobby, either way.
Closing our list of bizarre hobbies is tephophilia. People who have this as their hobby are fascinated with cemeteries. They tend to hang around there. They keep on researching about the cemeteries, photographing the facilities and doing other things pertaining to these interment facilities. Like all other hobbyists, they get a kick out of it.