Strange hobbies

Hobbies aren’t always about collecting coins, stamps and fridge magnets. There are people out there doing outlandish and interesting things as a hobby and inspiring scores of others along. This month is dedicated to all the odd hobbyists!

Illustration of Austin Siok mooing
Illustration: © Rama Ramesh

Bovine fun

How useful can ‘mooing’ be as a hobby? Apart from the satisfaction it gives, it turns out that being a good ‘moo-er’ is quite a big deal. There are annual mooing contests that attract mooing enthusiasts from everywhere. Austin Siok, a 10-year-old boy, has been mastering the art of mooing since he was a little kid. In a recent contest, he beat 80 participants to emerge as the winner. He won a thousand dollars, a cow-print jacket, a golden cowbell and one year’s worth of Subway sandwiches free from the sponsor. Not bad… maybe it’s time to keep that stamp collection aside and moo-ve over to another hobby.

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Rama Ramesh

Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.