Zinda Law - January 2020

PEOPLE REALLY SPEND TIME DOING THIS? Some of the World’s Strangest Hobbies

Do you think your hobbies are weird? Well, stamp collecting and home brewing don’t have anything on these pastimes. January is National Hobby Month — a time to celebrate the ways we spend our time outside of work, whatever they may be. While not every hobby is equally venerated, all deserve to be appreciated for helping us de-stress, form relationships, and find our passions. Here are some of the weirdest hobbies to have ever become popular.

an iron, an ironing board, a shirt, and a bizarre location in which to use them. Participants have climbed sheer rock surfaces and even skydived while ironing clothing. Why does this hobby exist? There’s probably not an easy answer, but with nearly 6,000 followers on Facebook, this strange pastime probably won’t die anytime soon. TOY TRAVELING This is a bizarre hobby made possible by our innate wanderlust and social media obsession. Only, instead of taking pictures of ourselves or our friends on adventures around the globe, the idea of toy traveling is to take pictures of stuffed animals or other toys as they “travel” around the world. If you travel a lot, this might be a fun way to garner interest in your social media pages. SWAMP FOOTBALL You could create an entire list just of weird hobbies that came from Finland (some others include wife carrying and hobbyhorse riding). In terms of popularity though, swamp football seems to have garnered the most interest. It’s pretty much what it sounds like — you play football (soccer) in a swamp. It was originally just a way for cross- country skiers to stay fit during the summer, but now there are an estimated 300 teams worldwide.

EXTREME IRONING Combining the mundane with the fantastic, extreme ironing is not a hobby

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HOPPIN’ JOHN

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ingredients • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas • 5–6 cups water • 1 dried hot pepper, optional (arbol and Calabrian are great options) • 1 smoked ham hock • 1 medium onion, diced • 1 cup long-grain white rice A traditional New Year’s favorite in the South, Hoppin’ John includes black-eyed peas that are said to represent coins, a sign of prosperity for the coming year. It’s usually served alongside collard greens, which represent cash.

directions

1. Wash and sort peas. 2. In a saucepan, cover peas with water, discarding any that float. 3. Add pepper, ham hock, and onion. Gently boil and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until peas are just tender, about 90 minutes. At this point, you should have about 2 cups of liquid remaining. 4. Add rice, cover, drop heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, undisturbed. 5. Remove from heat and let steam for an additional 10 minutes, still covered. 6. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and serve.

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