Everyone has their hobbies. For the average internet writer, they usually consist of alcoholism and despair, but I’m led to believe there are many people out there who do productive, interesting things with their spare time. Some people write symphonies, some people paint landscapes, some people make movies or go racing in the street.
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The common perception of various hobbies is constantly changing, too. A few years ago, videogames were the preserve of the sad and nerdy, and anyone who knew what a “Mario” was had to be some sort of lonely, basement-dwelling virgin. These days, everyone and his dog has spent so much time playing Angry Birds on the toilet that we’re all in serious danger of deep vein thrombosis.
Despite the shifting cultural landscape, however, some hobbies have never been cool. There’s just nothing rock ‘n’ roll about stamp collecting. Train spotters are never going to excite the imagination of anyone who isn’t one of their weird, anorak’d bretheren.
Then there are the hobbies that seem to only be enjoyed by people who are oblivious to the more entertaining parts of life. The hobbies that require hours and hours of dedication for very little end result. These are the hobbies that can be entertaining, but only when they go massively, spectacularly wrong. Let’s have a look at a few of them here.
In fairness to the guy in this video, he has only spent an hour (by his own estimation) setting up this little trick. This is the most charitable thing that can be said for him, as we’re all aware that there are better ways to spend an hour. Watch two-thirds of a decent movie. Spend an hour in the gym. Read a book – educational or otherwise. Practice an instrument. Have three wanks. Just don’t, whatever you do, spend it stacking dominoes the wrong way up, and then failing this tragically. It’s funny, but it’s funny in a way that makes you a little sad in side.
Stacking Jenga blocks isn’t really a hobby. In fact, normally, stacking Jenga blocks is just the boring part of a game of Jenga. Still, what university student Bryan Varney has made in this video is undeniably impressive. It’s a massive replica of the leaning tower of Pisa, which is dangerously close to what appears to be the world’s clumsiest reporter.
Snopes and other sites were all over ths one, pointing out that it looks pretty stagey, and a quick check of Google seems to confirm that it’s a fake. Somehow, though, that makes it kinda lame in its own right. It’s obsessive enough to create such a monumental structure out of Jenga blocks, but it’s doubly sad when you waste all that time for the sake of making a faked “accident” video.
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There’s no such question of veracity with this clip, however. Puzzles have long been the preserve of the elderly and housebound; they’re what people used to do on a rainy day off before they invented literally any other form of entertainment.
Here, we see a nice blend of tedious hobbies, as Dave Evans first cuts out and then assembles an immense, 40,000 piece jigsaw. The theme? Pictures of the Royal Family. Presumably, Mr. Evans at least had the sense to assemble his masterpiece in large, pre-set chunks rather than tiny individual tiles. None of that matters, however, once gravity and and a vengeful, puzzle-hating God step in…
The lesson here is clear: If you’re in the market for a new hobby, try not to pick one that can fall victim to a force of nature. Or, y’know. Just try not to pick one that’s really, really boring.
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