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10 Unusual Hobbies That Will Intrigue You

Most people have a hobby of some sort, whether collecting sports cards and bobbleheads, learning an instrument, or reading. We benefit from activities outside of our regular daily routine. But some hobbies go even further than we'd expect from the regular.

Take a look at some of these delightfully quirky interests and you might just find your next fun and intriguing activity.

Collecting Honey

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In the r/CasualConversation forum on Reddit, user u/jollytoes described collecting honey from around the world. “I'm up to 72 different countries, from Russia to New Zealand and Nigeria. My favorite is white flower volcano honey from Mexico.” They continued, adding, “The flowers the bees feed on only grow on a dormant volcano in southern Mexico.”

Building Flower Pot Villages

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Using fake flowers, moss, rocks, and sticks, some hobbyists create tiny villages inside flower pots. Tiny characters are constructed using polymer clay and painted with vibrant colors. Each creation is limited only by imagination.

Collect Skulls

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It’s a fascinating hobby that is more popular than you might expect. These hobbyists uncover and collect skulls found in nature, and the possibilities are as vast as the species in the local habitat. As hobbyists advance, they clean and whiten the skulls to give them a more natural look. Often, skulls are used for teaching, loaned to classrooms, or simply kept for personal collection.

Cubing

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It began in the 1970s with the Rubik’s Cube. The game turned into a common activity and even shifted into global competitions. 

But cubing has changed to expand beyond the traditional 3x3x3 design to include mirror cubes, pyramids, 4x4x4, and even 5x5x5.

Snail Mail

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Once a normal part of life, today, penpals and snail mail has become a niche hobby. It’s easy to fire off a quick email, but the novelty has long worn off from the days of “You’ve Got Mail.” Now, many of us dread the constant flow of email.

If you want to go old-school and put pen to paper, The Reading Residence shares ideas on setting up your snail mail station.

Junk Journalling

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One hobbyist describes junk journaling as ” a book which is often made through found and recycled materials to be used as a way to collect and record memories, thoughts, ideas, and inspiration.” It’s developed quite a following of crafters looking for ways to showcase memories using all sorts of materials and books. 

Hobbyists like YouTuber Sherry LaLonde at Create Whatever give aspiring junk journalists ideas, prompts, and tutorials.

Creating Maps and Worlds

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If you’re into fantasy novels and movies, you’ve been a part of worlds existing outside ours. Those worlds come from creative minds, and many opt to create these worlds and maps as hobbies. 

Hobbyists who create maps and worlds consider many factors, including ​​distances between places, geography and climate, settlements and political boundaries, and natural resources. The worlds are as wide and intricate as your imagination.

Ant Keeping

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Once thought of as children’s play in the 1950s, ant keeping involves the “capture, care, and observation of ants and ant colonies.” The trend toward keeping ants as pets has increased exponentially, with tens of thousands of people taking up the hobby worldwide.

Study and Analysis of Bus Routes

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Many automotive enthusiasts are drawn to buses, their styles, and their makers, but the study and analysis of bus routes is a different niche entirely. Granted, I only know one person who does this, but he loves to explore, analyze, and create new and more efficient bus routes. The logistics and creativity combine to offer up a unique hobby.

Making Charts and Graphs

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Many people learn through visual means. Graphs are a part of our daily lives, from tracking the weather to changing housing prices. 

For some, creating graphs and charts is a fun and creative way to track trends and gain a different perspective on their lives. You can discover the time spent at work, on chores, spending, health concerns, and even the behaviours of your own children to help modify their behaviour.

Health Benefits of Hobbies

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Hobbies are not only a way to find joy in our lives; they also contribute to our overall well-being, improve mental health, and even improve our relationships. Hobbies also open the doors to new worlds of learning and discovery, keeping our minds active and curious.

Creative Hobby Ideas

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Author: Todd Rowley

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Expertise: social services, transportation, mental health

Todd Rowley is a copywriter and content writer. He’s an unabashed introvert, an only child with a curious spirit, and a lover of the Oxford comma. Originally educated as a Child and Youth Worker - spending more than 25 years in the field - he also dabbled in Religious Education and Communications Studies.