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Odd Hobbies | What We'll Do for Love

News of the Weird

By News of the Weird

Published Nov. 7, 2017

Odd Hobbies | What We'll Do for Love

The Wall Street Journal reported in June on a small group of enthusiasts who participate in the esoteric sport of container spotting -- discovering and documenting unusual shipping containers. Spotting a distinctive box "is analogous to the satisfaction that bird-watchers get from spotting a very rare breed of bird," noted Matt Hannes, who maintains the Intermodal Container Web Page. Unusual boxes, known as unicorns, include those with outdated names or logos, or sporting discontinued colors, and those from very small shipping companies. Charles Fox of Indianapolis may be an extreme hobbyist: On his honeymoon, he spent two 12-hour days taking photos of a variety of boxes in Belgium. Mrs. Fox was not amused. [Wall Street Journal, 6/27/2017]

Brandon Thompson, 35, had just one request before Muskogee, Oklahoma, police officers took him into custody on July 4: "I asked the officer if I could propose." Officers Bob Lynch and Lincoln Anderson agreed and moved Thompson's handcuffs from his back to his front so he could put the ring on Leandria Keith's finger. Thompson had six felony bench warrants out for his arrest, but he told CNN he has been "doing a lot to turn his life around." Keith apparently agrees, as she said "yes." [CNN, 7/8/2017]