We don’t choose our interests. They seem to choose us, badgering us throughout our daily lives, calling us back to our deepest, truest selves, no matter how niche or embarrassing they may be to the outside world.
Luckily, we live in the age of communication. With blogs, social media, and subreddits, no freak needs fly their flag alone.
Has your Evel Knievel poster been gathering dust in your closet? There’s a pizza shop for you. Still play Zelda when no one’s at home? There’s a cafe for that. Really into specifically knock-off Star Wars memorabilia? You’re not the only one. There’s a place for all of you.
Some of these destinations developed curious traditions that simply—one can imagine—started off as an inside joke and escalated further until your bar is, say, covered in off-color illustrations of Abraham Lincoln, or you’re stuffing a customer into a coffin for a mock funeral. Others are simply an endless love letter to something as simple as a melon that inspired your marriage.
Whatever you’re into, you only get to be you once. Indulge your strange obsessions.