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Fascinating Stories of Offbeat Obsessions

Not all hobbies are created equal: Some people spend years chasing mythical beasts, while others track down strangers’ graves or collect rare Cheetos and old beer cans. Dive in for a delightful exploration of some truly eccentric preoccupations.

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Plane Spotting for Sanity

Kea Krause
Slate

Plane spotting can be a soothing sky-watching habit, but its community also regards itself as a coterie of amateur detectives.

Full Metal Racket

Emily Yoffe
Slate

The perverse thrill of metal detecting, the world’s worst hobby.

The Man Who Hunts ‘Hidden’ Radioactive Objects

Chris Baraniuk
BBC

Most of us try to avoid radiation, but not Andrew Walker, who collects radioactive objects. The surprising part? These items can be found in antiques shops, parking lots, and buildings everywhere.

I Found Bigfoot... Maybe

Matt Blitz
Popular Mechanics

I spent a weekend with the Bigfoot Field Research Organization searching for the large primate. We didn’t find the elusive creature. Or did we?