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What is the oddest Hobby or pastime you have ever heard of?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:58 am    Post subject: What is the oddest Hobby or pastime you have ever heard of?  Reply with quote

I think gurning is pretty odd

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurn

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/451253.stm

Even odder I think is "Worm Charming"

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On Saturday 5th July 1980 local Willaston farmer's son, Tom Shufflebotham amazed a disbelieving world by charming a total of 511 worms out of the ground in half an hour. True, there had been rather dubious unsubstantiated reports of a similar activity in Florida, USA some 10 years previous, but this was the first time a true competition with strict rules had been held. The village of Willaston, near Nantwich, Cheshire has been the venue for the annual World Championships ever since.

http://www.wormcharming.com/



In fact I think that is odder than Gurning, which is pretty odd!



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of the gurners these days aren't all that good unfortunately - it's one of those things where to do it properly, you need to have no teeth!


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Les Dawson used to be able to do it and he had a full set of his own teeth, but only because he was a boxer in his youth ("I was on the canvas so often I was known as the Battling Rembrandt") and had his jaw smashed a number of times.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe the worm charmers are fishermen, in which case it's not all that odd.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has got to rate as an odd pastime!

It is a bit gross!

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Filling a 25,000-seater stadium, Philadelphia's annual chicken wing-eating competition is hotly contested by the some of the "best" eaters in the land. But the Wing Bowl is so much more than a spectator sport - it's a night of debauchery.



But the camera, and the crowd turn unforgiving.

The women chosen by the Can Cam are no longer the designated strippers, or those actively courting the lens, but ordinary punters - women in sweatshirts and knit caps making every effort to be left alone.

One woman notices herself on the screen and titters awkwardly, trying to wave the camera away.

The audience starts heckling her, but the camera doesn't move.

The boos grow louder, and at last she realises it will not pan away until she does.

Half a second of her breasts, and the camera grows bored, moving on to the next victim.

Only in the final rounds of the competition does the audience's attention shifts toward the wing-eating itself.
One of the contestants -Tiger Wings n' Things - has reached the verge of vomiting.

Barbecue sauce smears across his face; some has dribbled down to his beard. He retches but manages not to open his lips.

The camera is on him now. It will not look away.

Everyone screams together: "You heave, you leave!"

The Jumbotron starts up in slow motion, replaying regurgitations past.

One, from 2011, is the crowd's clear favourite - pink spew no less revolting at 26,000 frames per second.

Tiger Wings n' Things tries not to look, but it's too late.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26576277









Oh! Yuck!





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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Train spotting

Car number plate spotting
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kite flying, kiss chase,  oh, mud balls on sticks,


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glitter stones, could be described as a bit odd I suppose, but then my kids tell me I am not exactly 'normal'!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If someone is looking for something unusual today, this is a bit different, and rates as a bit odd!

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A "very English and very eccentric" tradition that dates back centuries is expected to attract thousands of people on Easter Monday.

The Hallaton Bottle Kicking contest pits teams from two Leicestershire villages who try to take control of a keg of beer.

The "ferocious rugby scrum" takes five hours to complete and is believed to have started before the Christian era.

A hare pie is also distributed to villagers during the event.

'Ferocious scrum'
Hallaton's Bottle-Kicking chairman Phil Allan said: "It is something that has gone on from time immemorial - it is a very ancient custom."

He said a large traditional hare pie is paraded to the church gates and later taken to a hillside where it is "scrambled" or thrown into the crowd.


He said the bottle kicking - which involves teams from Hallaton and nearby Medbourne trying to move a keg of beer over the hills back to their respective village in a rugby-like scrum - is rough and tumble.

"The rules are very simple - there aren't any rules.

"We do add… that there is no murder, no gouging or no riding on horseback with the bottle allowed… it is actually like a very ferocious rugby scrum."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-27096029





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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 3:02 pm    Post subject: Knob throwing competition! Reply with quote

Ok the Dorset knob throwing competition qualifies!

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More than 5,000 people are attending a "knob throwing" competition in Dorset.

The Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival event in Cattistock involves participants tossing the locally made, spherical biscuit as far as they can.

The record is currently held by Dave Phillips with a throw of 29.4m (96ft) in 2012.

Organiser Nigel Collins thought up the idea after seeing a Yorkshire pudding throwing contest at a Yorkshire food festival.

He said: "We used to throw knobs occasionally as a child because they're the size of a golf ball, so the whole thing gelled from there.

"Most of the contest is taken in good heart and there is no food wastage. Everything that is left over - even the broken bits on the ground - goes to feed local chickens.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-27259589



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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 3:37 pm    Post subject: Bank holiday madness! Reply with quote

It must be the sun!

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Bank holiday weirdness: An array of strange English events
As we approach summer and take advantage of the quick succession of bank holidays thousands of us will head out to witness some of England's more unique events. Many are steeped in tradition and can be traced back for centuries. Here are a few of them:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-27205244



Perhaps my bank holiday is a bit tame!



Perhaps I should find something a weirder to do tomorrow!

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