8 Craziest Fan Clubs
1Topless Book Club
The members of OCETPFA have grown in number, fulfilling the group's mission to "make reading sexy." It also serves as a reminder that toplessness is quite legal in New York City.
The group's blog has reported that there has been no harassment of the participants by either by the police or the public.
2Twilight Moms Fan Club
The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer is a four-part series about a forbidden romance between a vampire and a human. While the novels and movies are marketed to teen girls, the appeal has spread to include their mothers.
The Austin Twilight Moms chapter met through the website twilightmoms.com after realizing there was a large group of Twilight moms in Central Texas. They now host premiere parties for the movies, DVD release parties and other events for varied occasions including Bella's birthday.
The moms are aware of the stereotypes out there, but they aren't bothered all that much. They range in ages from 20 to 50. Some of the members are not even mothers, just older than the typical teenage fan.
3My Little Pony Adult Fan Groups (Bronies)
The men are so excited they sometimes come dressed as their favorite pony and trot around the shop before buying the newest volume of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, based on the children's television show.
The show, produced by Hasbro originally targeted toward young girls, but has varied fans, the oddest being Bronies – an adult, male fan base that is largely misunderstood.
Bronies live and breathe My Little Pony— they buy merchandise, discuss the show's animation, plot and characters and attend conventions, similar to ComicCon or FanExpo.
4Tiger Blowfish Fan Club
In May 2011, a supper club in London made the announcement that it would be the first in the city to feature the controversial fugu, or blowfish.
The first rule of the fugu supper club: you don't talk about fugu supper club. The second rule about of fugu supper club: you don't eat any of the organs – especially the liver or the skin.
The torafugu, Japan's most notorious fish delicacy, is one of the most toxic marine creatures and it is extremely difficult to safely prepare. Consequently it is among the priciest dishes on Japanese restaurant menus.
The delicacy is not permitted for sale in the European Union, but organizers of the Fugu Supper Club, aimed to circumvent the rules by serving it to private diners, who could register their interest on its website, like a fan club.
In Japan, only licensed chefs are permitted to prepare fugu. The examinations and practical tests required take two years to pass at the basic level.
Fugu can be lethally poisonous due to its tetrodotoxin. One fish contains enough poison to kill 30 adults and it has to be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts of the anatomy to avoid contaminating the edible flesh.
So, is it worth the risk? As with all delicacies, fugu is said to be something of an acquired taste; rather subtle and when prepared by the finest chef, leaves a tingling sensation – remnants of the toxins that make it so dangerous.
5Boston Bombing Suspect Fan Group
The fans believe he is innocent. They refer to him by his nickname, Jahar. They write about how they wish they could get in touch with him (and, in one case, “curl up and take a nap” in his soft hair) and note that he's “beautiful,” “hot” and “too pretty to be guilty.” They publicize items like hand beaded “Free Jahar” bracelets and one kansas teen even told the New York Post that she was going to get a Tsarnaev quote tattooed onto her arm, though she later changed her mind.
6Followers of James Holmes (Holmies)
Holmies are a growing online community with their own inside jokes and displays of devotion to the 24-year-old accused of killing 12 people at an Aurora, CO showing of The Dark Knight Rises..
Holmes was reportedly wearing plaid flannel under the body armor he strapped on before allegedly opening fire in Aurora. In a video of him addressing a science camp at age 18, his he says his dream is to own a Slurpee machine.
Holmes fans also gather in the comments section of the YouTube video for “Slurpee Rap,” a 2011 track by the female rapper MC G. Snaps There they information on what kind of mail he can get while in custody.
7WD-40 Fan Club
Bill Trumpfheller in San Diego keeps tabs on the company-run WD-40 Fan Club and its 100,000 members. The club began in 2000, when the company asked customers to help compile a list of 2,000 uses for the spray lubricant WD-40. 350,000 entries poured in.
8Number 47 Fan Club
47 mania began at Levine's alma mater, Pomona College in Claremont, CA. In 1964, a tongue-in-cheek student project to determine whether the number 47 appeared more often in nature than other random numbers turned into a wholesale 47 hunt that has continued to this day.
Years later, when Levine heard that story as a student, he was intrigued. He began noticing the number in publications, addresses, telephone numbers. He even met a young woman whose license plate contained the number 47 – they're now married.
Levine is an English teacher at Cleveland High School, where students bring him 47s to post on a 47 board in his classroom. One of the contributions is a photo of a scoreboard tied at 47-47, Levine says.
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