Many of us have our own favorite and personal pastimes. Some of us like to read books, paint pictures, play sports, listen to music, watch TV, and so on. Others, though, develop some strange fetishes that completely boggle the mind. The following list comprises a handful of such people who have developed some odd addictions. But, of course, the sayings “To each his own” and “Whatever makes you happy” come to mind, so let’s restrain ourselves to appreciating the randomness that comes along with being human.
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Addiction To Funerals
Brazilian Luis Squarisi, 42, has attended nearly every funeral in his town for the last 20 years. He even quit his day job. “The first thing I do every morning is turn on the radio to find out if anyone has died. If I don’t hear anything I call the hospitals“, he said. And his fellow townspeople don’t seem to mind. A funeral director commented, “We don’t want him to go to therapy, everyone expects to see him“.
Michelle, a tattoo artist, makes her Bloody Mary’s with actual blood. She often gets the blood from her friend’s arm. Michelle once said, “I get cravings like someone craving a cigarette. I drink it while reading, relaxing or painting. It’s like having a hot toddy“.
For some people, tanning is more than skin-deep. Trisha Paytas, a self-confessed “tanorexic”, has spent $45,000 keeping herself golden. She uses tanning beds every day, most often just once but sometimes twice daily.
Wigs! Yes, some people are addicted to wigs. What’s more, there’s even a “Wig Addicts Anonymous” group out there to help people who have the addiction.
An addiction to reading is a real thing. Those afflicted read so much and so often that they experience a sharp disconnect from people and society. Don Quixote had this problem, of course: he read so many tales of knights and chivalry that he eventually believed them to be true. If you start seeing dragons in place of windmills, seek help.
Clinics like reStart treat people who are addicted to the web. Ironically, reStart has clinics situated near various Microsoft Headquarters. Sometimes patients get caught smuggling in things like smartphones. Those most addicted develop sleep and eating disorders, as well as a reduced attention span.
Soap operas are designed to be addictive, but for certain people the addiction controls their lives. Some will watch the same episodes over and over again; others’ social skills may wither away; and some will experience financial problems.
This one will make your throat constrict: Josh, a 27-year-old in Ohio, is addicted to eating glass. He says he gets a warm and tingly feeling when he chomps down on a serving. His snacks of choice: champagne glasses or light bulbs. Many stage performers, such as Michel Lotito, have been known to eat such things, but Josh does this just for his own personal pleasure.