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Welcome to Humorous Hobbies and Peculiar Pastimes
This light-hearted lens is devoted to humorous hobbies, peculiar pastimes, and unusual undertakings.
For those who are knee-deep in the swamp fighting off the alligators, running a rat race at full speed, or trying to trounce, tame, or train a dastarly dragon, it's sometimes nice to know that you can always stop the world and get off if only for an hour or two.
'Tis time to lighten up, let your hair down, and take a look at all the laughable leisure time pursuits you could be doing instead of engaging in your odd habit of wearing her marvelous maid outfit while performing your domestic dust-busting duties, (unless you count cross-dressing as a hobby)?
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As Roger Price, the creator of Droodles said, "Droodling is as easy as falling off a log", in fact if truth be told, "Droodling is not for a limited, intellectual elite. It is for EVERYBODY".
If you can't connect dots worth a darn, can't draw worth a hoot, and can't abide finger-painting, then droodling is definitely for you! What's not to like about using a pen or a pencil, a piece of paper, and your imagination to doodle?
More precisely, "A Droodle is a borkley looking sort of drawing that doesn't make any sense until you know the correct title."
For example, the simple "Droodle" to the right may have several titles. All of them might be appropriate, but they're fun to draw and you can create your own tagline to go along with it!
-- Flying Saucer Traffic Jam -- Close-Up of a Freckle Champion -- Box of Chicken Pox -- Bunch of Bleached Eightballs -- Spots for an Albino Leopard -- Gopher Housing Co-Op
DUCT TAPE DELIGHTS & DIVERSIONS
For those who are looking for a different diversion, designing with duct tape might offer just the thing.
Why not consider the amusing art of duct tape duds or funky fashion-ware? There's lot's to choose from -- a wacky wallet, a prom outfit with pizzazz, or how about a jestful-looking jacket and matching tie.
If that doesn't grab your fancy -- try using some tools of the trade (a toolbox full of colored duct tape and a carpet cutter) to paint a picture of dragon or a troll -- better yet, try your hand at sculpture -- maybe a flower or a four-leaf clover.
CRAZY CRAZES CATCH ON FAST! - Snoopy finally got the hang of extreme planking on top of the dog house.
Image Credit: Snoopy character from "Peanuts" illustrated by Charles Schulz
Something to Add to Your Funniest Hobbies List!
Have you ever imagined yourself in suspended animation ironing your Sunday-best shirt? If so, then alien forms of amusement are probably right up your alley!
According to one energetic extreme-sports enthusiast, "Exrememe ironing is the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt."
For those who don't like being taken to the cleaners and ironing out relationships, this silly sport might put a bit of spice and spunk into your life!
Image Credit: Extreme Ironing - farm2.static.flickr.com/720994751_b1c0f1ff7a.jpg
An Eccentric If Not Extreme Form of Entertainment
WRITING EXTREME POETRY: - Introduction to Haiku - It's Time To Dive Write In!
BETWEEN VAST OCEANS
AND STUNNING MOUNTAIN SPLENDOR
STANDS THE WILL OF MAN.
For those who haven't a clue what is "haiku" -- it's a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables, and line three has 5 syllables. Now, give it a whirl, and see what you can come up with as a curious caption for the above piece of amusing art.
Image and Words Credit: Haiku What illustration - johncoxart.com/2008/03
WHAT THE HECK IS "HIKARU DORODANGO"?
Are you battling boredom, digging yourself out of the dastardly doldrums, or fighting off the alligators in the swamp? If you said yes to any of these energy-consuming activities, you may want to consider a ripsnorting recreational alternative -- Hikaru Dorodango!
For those who always enjoyed making mud-pies as a kid, here's a dirt cheap way to exercise your creative calling while making a lovely conversation piece for your college dorm room, cubicle at work, or the center piece for your next holiday gathering!
Hikaru Dorodango is the art of creating shiny balls out of mud -- trust me it's a dirty cheap hobby, that's great for those who love to meditate, mash potatoes, or muse about life in the slow lane while making a shiny ball made out of mud!
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Myth Busters Making Magical Mudpies
In the curious category of peculiar pastimes, Heffalump Hunting, might appeal to those with an incurable interest in exploring exotic places for curious creatures that few have seen let alone captured.
Not to be confused with "Wockets" (who live in pockets), "Yottles" (who live in bottles), "Hortons" (who Hear Whos) ", "NowWhattian Boghogs" (described as "inedible creatures located light years across space at the furthest unexplored outreaches of the Galaxy", or one-and-a-half ton "Perfectly Normal Beasts" (who tend to "work up a good thundering thirty miles an hour with their hooves, heads down, shoulders forward, back legs pounding the ground into porridge"), heffalumps require a fanciful imagination, an inquiring mind, and probably two left-feet to find.
The simple fact is, there is only one person known to have found a heffalump, HRH Quipping Queen, Empress of Eccentricity etc. etc., which is all the more reason why this peculiar pastime is such a hit.
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Note: Other animals mentioned in this furry factoid are attributed to Dr. Seuss and to Douglas Adams.
If fidgety fingers are getting you down or into far too much trouble, then why not consider an old parlour pastime -- "Tiddlywinks".
No fear, this passionate pursuit will not break your bank or empty your wallet, nor will it require years of practice to be able to play the game!
All you need is a small receptacle, a few plastic large plastic discs and smaller ones, a flat surface and the ability to keep cool, avoid cursing, or cackling when you've used a squidger to pop a wink into the wee pot! It also helps to know the ludicrous lingo for this gregarious game.
Some hobbies require special skills, tricky tools, and deep pockets to finance one's greatest pleasures in life.
On the other hand, if you live on Harold's planet, an unusual place where politically-incorrect pastimes such as navel-gazing and searching for the naked truth have been declared an illegal, wind gazing offers an awesomely amusing form of family-friendly fun.
Image Credit: Harold's Planet cartoon by Lisa Swerling & Ralph Lazar - harolds-planet.blogspot.com/2030.jpg
In the category of unusual undertakings, Yarnboming would probably fit the funny bill the best.
For those who can't get enough crocheting and knitting projects off the ground, this hilarious hobby offers oodles of opportunities to:
-- decorate ugly utility poles,
-- dress up mundane mail boxes,
-- create curious couture for cars,
-- add a bit of penache to piece of statuesque symmetry.
The more light-hearted or ludicrous your project the better!
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Having Fun With Fibre and a Ferrari
For those who are used to screaming like a banshee or yelling at the top of their lungs, the fine art of yodeling offers perhaps a wonderful way to exercise one's voice box that will win friends and influence people in a more positive manner.
Although "yodeling" is usually associated with lederhosen-clad lads leaping about with trills and tongues wagging in amusing Alpine settings (replete with goats, 14-foot long wooden wooden horns, and herb-flavored cough-drops or Bavarian beer flowing), it is also a rollicking form of singing.
This hobby requires a little practice, not to mention infinite patience from friends and family plus foregiveness from four-legged furry folks (who hope that you'll master this entertaining ear-splitting form of entertainment quickly).
Image Credit: Illustration by Ron Leishman - clipartof.com
Peculiar Pastime Poll
So which peculiar pastime might you be willing to explore?
Do you have any peculiar pursuits that you're willing to share with us?
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How is the birdhouse coming along, Charlie Brown?
"Well, I'm a lousy carpenter, I can't nail straight, I can't saw straight and I always split the wood... I'm nervous, I lack confidence, I'm stupid, I have poor taste and absolutely no sense of design... So, all things considered, it's coming along okay!"
- Charles M. Schulz (The Complete Peanuts 1959-1960)
Not a Member of the Moral-Majority, Frank Flanelle (from Monkey's Eyebrow, Arizona) felt it's never too late to celebrate! - If truth be told, he rather fancied
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Celebrate Hogmanay the Scottish Way! - Toss a caber on New Year's Eve or Better Yet on New Year's Day!
Image Credit: Caber Toss Gnome - www.highlanderceltic stamps.com
The Caber Toss (Gaelic caber, a pole or beam) is a traditional Scottish athletic exercise which consists of throwing a section of a trunk of a tree, called the "caber," in such a manner that it turns over in the air and falls on the ground with its small end pointing in the direction directly opposite to the "tosser."
It helps to have a thick head, broad shoulders, and a sturdy pair of legs. And don't forget to don a marvellous tartan skirt to attract the attention of the ladies who haven't the foggiest idea about what you're doing. Frankly, it also helps to down a few shots of the best single malt scotch you can beg, borrow or buy to wet the thistle, whistle or whatever.
If in doubt about what to do, just make sure you have a twenty-foot long twig at your disposal (or in a pinch, an incredibly long pencil will probably do), then toss it into the air, and close your eyes while making a very big wish for a Happy New Year! Oh the joys of being a multi-tasking muscle-bound munchkin!
Then lift your flask to your lips and be glad you didn't have to lift the real thing!
HUMOROUS HOBBY BOOKSHELF
For those who don't want to tie themselves up in knots but wouldn't mind learning a few new not-your-average knots to amaze their friends.
Instead of twiddling your thumbs or gazing at your navel, why not try the art of crochet and knit graffiti and maybe even decorate your town your red!
The perfect gift for the bored, bewildered, and bothered.
For folks who don't want to be bored out of their trees looking at the walls of a hotel room - this is a great how to have fun book!
Now this is a wonderful gift to leave in the loo of your host's powder room if nothing else!