Strange hobbies??

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GonvilleBromhead:
I re-enact the First World War

As do I!
But we do training weekends and shit, full period living, god I hate bullied beefs.

zelda2fanboy:
I spend hours and hours on porn versions of chat roulette. It's awful and I need to stop... but I can't. Look at all those weird penises...

You're telling me that there are versions of chat roulette with MORE penises?! Impossible!

Palademon:
Somebody I know considers gaming so strange that it doesn't even count as a hobby.
So, does that mean it counts as a strange hobby?

This is pretty much ALL the people I know, since I don't have any friends who are interested in gaming. I'm considered to have a very niche, slightly undesirable hobby that shouldn't be talked about lest I infect them with geek.

OT: I like making photo stories. Either purposefully rounding people up to act something out or just trying to fit together random old photos into some coherent narrative.

Warhammer 40,000. This earns me a lot of strange looks and mocking jokes. *shrugs* Although you find the occasional closet hobbyist and there is a strange look of "I see you, I know what you are, and it is awesome we both like it." A bit like a secret handshake.

I tabletop roleplay. Systems I like: Call of Cthulu, Dark Heresy, Black Crusade, 4th Ed Dungeons and Dragons.

I watch every film that comes out and then write reviews. It's just what I do. Apparently, more than one film a week is strange. *shrugs again*

I really like board games. When friends come over, we often play them and chat as we do it. It helps because sometimes there's nothing to say, and it's an awful lot more engaging than 4 player Halo. I've got a small pile of them building under the stereo in the living room.

Leon Declis:
Warhammer 40,000. This earns me a lot of strange looks and mocking jokes. *shrugs* Although you find the occasional closet hobbyist and there is a strange look of "I see you, I know what you are, and it is awesome we both like it." A bit like a secret handshake.

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Is it that rare? I suppose that most of my friends at least know what 40k is, mostly through Dawn of War, but relatively few of them actually play it or know much about it.

Anyway, as for others, I do count myself an amateur astronomer. I'm lucky enough to live in the rather rural Mid-Wales, the nearest cities a good 50 miles away or so, so I get little light pollution compared to most of Europe. Using my particularly nice set of 70x15 Celestron binoculars, the sky is more star than black.

Aris Khandr:

Binnsyboy:
When I expand into firearms, I'd like to get a custom engraved chrome colt 1911 with ivory grips.

Hopefully not real ivory. I can't imagine why anyone would want real ivory anything.

As long as it's taken from the corpse of a naturally deceased elephant, and not harvested in the more brutal sense, I fail to see the difference between ivory grips or piano keys and leather shoes.

I think ivory causes such an uproar because it's a buzz issue and it's possible to harvest ivory from an elephant without killing it, which is more cruel in the long run. But yeah, I'd try to make sure the ivory was taken from an elephant friendly harvester. E.g. Scavenged from an already dead creature.

I like to make little miniature capital punishment devices. I use to have a couple of working guillotines but I gave one to my last girlfriend and my best friend so now I'm just left with a small stocks and gallows.

I go swing dancing. ^_^

and I love sewing.

I don't have any weird hobbies.
I used to paint Warhammer figures which is weird were I live but other than that... I collect nothing, I do nothing silly...
This thread sucks! (<-- read sarcasm)

I sometimes draw porn of weird fantasy critters.
Mostly pokemon due to their large variety of premade forms to pick from.

What do I win?

Binnsyboy:

Captain_Fantastic:
well escapist, i want to know about some of your strange hobbies?
I for one am a weaponry collector, though i focus on mostly melee/bladed "objects".

Me too, though when I move to America I want to expand to firearms.

My favorite piece is a ghurka issue kukri.

I'm currently looking to buy this

Edit: Oh yes, I do shoot. I live in a the Yorkshire countryside, but my college is filled with mostly urban people. When they bitch me out about it, I just say "well, which one of us is being more aggressive right now?"

How did you get your license to shoot. I had a shotgun and powder license for a time because I was member of a re-enactment society and we needed to opperate muskets and cannons. It was extremly regulated and requied reguar police checks to insure everything was safely stored. I can't see a licence being given for recreational use. Not calling bullshit, just curious.

OT: as weird hobbies go, the above could be considered weird i suppose. I learnt how to weild quite a few weapons in that time. Halberd was the most outlandish of the lot.

Djinn8:

Binnsyboy:

Captain_Fantastic:
well escapist, i want to know about some of your strange hobbies?
I for one am a weaponry collector, though i focus on mostly melee/bladed "objects".

Me too, though when I move to America I want to expand to firearms.

My favorite piece is a ghurka issue kukri.

I'm currently looking to buy this

Edit: Oh yes, I do shoot. I live in a the Yorkshire countryside, but my college is filled with mostly urban people. When they bitch me out about it, I just say "well, which one of us is being more aggressive right now?"

How did you get your license to shoot. I had a shotgun and powder license for a time because I was member of a re-enactment society and we needed to opperate muskets and cannons. It was extremly regulated and requied reguar police checks to insure everything was safely stored. I can't see a licence being given for recreational use. Not calling bullshit, just curious.

OT: as weird hobbies go, the above could be considered weird i suppose. I learnt how to weild quite a few weapons in that time. Halberd was the most outlandish of the lot.

I have a shotgun license, which allows me to use manually loaded shotguns. Right now, I've got a 20 gauge double barrel Beretta that's so good it's caused others around here to seek out the same model, when before, people just had what they had.

My uncle has a semi-automatic for killing vermin on the moors, and has to have a proper firearms license for it.

Personally, we get checked every couple of years. Got a nice, sturdy gun cabinet to lock our crap up in. That said, there's usually at least one gun propped against the wall for most of the year when those checks aren't imminent. Nobody raises an eyebrow.

I love doing Urban Exploration (although I am terrified one day I will get shot at and/or in trouble with the cops).

Also, I collect video game memorabilia. Weird little stuff (like McDonalds toys, etc) that have really no worth.

I collect Bicentennial Quarters. As a semi-serious coin collector, I know that they're only worth 26 or 27 cents a piece AT BEST, but I still like them. (Also, because I think it's funny when I make my dad feel old when I remind him that they're older than I am.)

I beatbox, it keeps me entertained when i'm on my own, it gives me a skill to practice without needing equipment.
It's fun and if a couple of your friends MC, there are hours of freestyle fun to be had

zelda2fanboy:
I spend hours and hours on porn versions of chat roulette. It's awful and I need to stop... but I can't. Look at all those weird penises...

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OT: Every morning before I get in the shower, I spend at least 10 minutes scanning and if applicable, popping any and all zits that adorn my chest, face, and back. Only then can I be ready to enter the shower and start my day.

...what? You asked for strange habi-

Oh. Well, this is awkward.

Strange? Well, I don't know. I like to write, read, play games, go to the gym (sometimes... other times I hate it), I tend to mediate a lot, I guess that's the only weird thing. Except for... well... well you don't need to know that.

Well. I guess it's not weird. But seeing as I'm 16 years old and from Denmark. I guess it is.
I write! Poems (Well. Poem sounds like a breezy, lovestruck, 5-line compilation of clichés), essays and every form of writing you can imagine. I've started my first book just 2 days ago, it's coming along nicely.
Also; I think. That's a weird one. My world pretty much revolves around ideological theories, perspective, the philosophy of happiness and.. Words. I'm studying the philosophy of words on my own, and it's probably one of the most interesting things I have ever come across.

Also, I sing (in a band, but mostly on my own). Yet the weird part is, that whenever I'm alone I sing and dance wildly with very limited clothing.

Tipsy Giant:
I beatbox, it keeps me entertained when i'm on my own, it gives me a skill to practice without needing equipment.
It's fun and if a couple of your friends MC, there are hours of freestyle fun to be had

ok, this is an age old question thats been bugging me for some time

what is an MC? what does it standfor? I assume is the rapper/vocalist?

jackpackage200:
I am writing a screenplay. It's a crime thriller involving corrupt cops and a serial killer. The challenge is not writing a compelling story but seeing how many 80s references I can cram into it.

Win.

EDIT - I might receive a warning for that so here's some other words to ensure I don't get a warning for "low comment volume" or whatever it is.

Vault101:

Tipsy Giant:
I beatbox, it keeps me entertained when i'm on my own, it gives me a skill to practice without needing equipment.
It's fun and if a couple of your friends MC, there are hours of freestyle fun to be had

ok, this is an age old question thats been bugging me for some time

what is an MC? what does it standfor? I assume is the rapper/vocalist?

Master of Ceremonies, originally. Now hip hop artists just use it for whoever is on the mic. Maybe it means Mic Controller now. Vernacular is a strange thing, no?

Hollyday:

Palademon:
Somebody I know considers gaming so strange that it doesn't even count as a hobby.
So, does that mean it counts as a strange hobby?

This is pretty much ALL the people I know, since I don't have any friends who are interested in gaming. I'm considered to have a very niche, slightly undesirable hobby that shouldn't be talked about lest I infect them with geek.

... this is so, i dont even.

Seriously? I don't think I know anyone who would bat an eye at the mention of a weekend-long Skyrim marathon. That includes family members and people who have never played video games in their lives... Who do you hang out with?!

Owen Robertson:

Master of Ceremonies, originally. Now hip hop artists just use it for whoever is on the mic. Maybe it means Mic Controller now. Vernacular is a strange thing, no?

huh really?..didnt expect that one

Skulls. All kinds of skulls

I guess the only hobby I have that would be considered weird would be playing Go (the Chinese board game). It's not that weird, but I get a lot of interesting responses from Chinese people, since I'm white.

Vault101:

Owen Robertson:

Master of Ceremonies, originally. Now hip hop artists just use it for whoever is on the mic. Maybe it means Mic Controller now. Vernacular is a strange thing, no?

huh really?..didnt expect that one

It still means Master of Ceremonies. The position was originally them fella's that would announce people at parties; "Lord & Lady Huffington of Huffy Hall", that sort of thing, and grew to being a general facilitator of pomp.

Nowadays it's more "Whatcha do when you spunk on a deck!? Y'knooooow." It's still the same basic thing though.

well i wouldn't say i have any weird hobbies, but rather a weird combination of hobbies.
I train and lift weights, and use the various martial arts ive learnt over the years as cardio. Then i also play video games, paint warhammer figures ( and play the occasional game ). I also am working on getting a WoW P+PRPG game going.
I also write fiction.

Bertylicious:
]It still means Master of Ceremonies. The position was originally them fella's that would announce people at parties; "Lord & Lady Huffington of Huffy Hall", that sort of thing, and grew to being a general facilitator of pomp.

Nowadays it's more "Whatcha do when you spunk on a deck!? Y'knooooow." It's still the same basic thing though.

which makes it even more hilarious

Well I started doing archery, and while I wouldn't call it strange it's apparently not very wide-spread either. People don't expect it anyway.

GonvilleBromhead:
I re-enact the First World War

You sit in a muddy ditch, hug your rifle and cry?

theartknife:
Skulls. All kinds of skulls

This of course raises the obvious question; got a human one yet?

I don't really have anything strange... Guns are normal where I am, and appear to be somewhat normal in this thread. Otherwise, cars, gaming, drawing and (ASIO, go away please) explosives.

Vault101:

Owen Robertson:

Master of Ceremonies, originally. Now hip hop artists just use it for whoever is on the mic. Maybe it means Mic Controller now. Vernacular is a strange thing, no?

huh really?..didnt expect that one

An MC is traditionally a role within Hip Hop, there has been a separation from Hip Hop called Rap, this is where the music only uses one of the 5 elements of Hip Hop MCing also known as Rapping, which is where the genre Rap comes from.
This is why you see a more positive reaction to the term MC, it validates the "Rapper" as part of the Hip Hop community.

Hip Hop's 5 elements are MCing, DJing, BBoying, Graffiti and Knowledge.

I assume you know most of the elements, but incase you didn't know BBoying stands for Break Boys, this came from dancing to a DJ playing Breaks (instrumental 8/16 bar in a record which mainly focuses on drums) back to back using vinyls and a crossfader.

Hip Hop history done for today, thanks for reading

Owen Robertson:

Seriously? I don't think I know anyone who would bat an eye at the mention of a weekend-long Skyrim marathon. That includes family members and people who have never played video games in their lives... Who do you hang out with?!

This genuinely surprises me. My family don't think it's strange but my friends all find it extremely sad. And there's no dissuading them: I've attempted logical discussion, pleading, cold hard facts about its popularity but they still think I'm an irretrievable nerd. They are mostly women, which may have something to do with it I suppose (once, when trying to explain why I was looking forward to Mass Effect 3 so much and mentioned that it was the end to this epic story, my friend replied 'don't make me laugh, games don't have stories!'). Hence the reason I roam the escapist forums cloaked in self-pity attempting to validate my existence! Ha!

Mazza35:

GonvilleBromhead:
I re-enact the First World War

As do I!
But we do training weekends and shit, full period living, god I hate bullied beefs.

Yeah, what we tend to do is more "Living History" than re-enactment; we only "battle" at one event in the year, and that is more a demonstration of tactics then a full on blatfest.

I created a 1500 slide comic/powerpoint thing that combines comendy, sci-fi, fantasy and action. I am dead serious and am working on a sequel.

I just come up with random ideas

Sometimes I decided to flesh out those ideas into full fledged thoughts, and other times I just think of them and then leave them to rot in my mind(I have actually made up an entire kingdom of the mind, structured like Dantes Divine Comedy). Then there are the ideas that I decide to draw out, some coinciding with something that I wrote down, some are just spur of the moment type things. Yeah, just me and my random thoughts here.

Wait, it has to be strange... oh, okay. Staying on what I put above, there is an exception to that which I make, and that exception is people. I just don't know what it is about people, I have made some of the strangest locations/ vehicles/ animals/ things I can imagine, but when it comes to people creations it all just breaks down. No matter how hard i try it is always people, for some unbeknownst reason, that always seem to trip me up.

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