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It seems pretty random which hobbies are considered “geeky” — being obsessed with a sports team is considered normal, but a deep knowledge of Spider-Man lore makes someone a geek. Really, a geek is just someone who has a hobby, so the label itself doesn’t mean a whole lot. There are some people, however, that take things to a new level. These geeks aren’t content to just enjoy something, they devote a huge chunk of their time and money to their interest. Here are six geeks who took their geekdom to a new level.

6 Year Mario Blanket

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If you’re into video games, Super Mario Bros. 3 is the equivalent of Shakespeare. Kjetil Nordin, from Norway, decided to show his appreciation for it by crocheting a blanket of the World 1 map. First of all, this thing is perfect. He went into excruciating detail to get every little bit right. Also, Nordin spent six years working on it. That’s enough time for babies born when he started the quilt to learn to beat the first level.

Homemade Bat-Cave

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Every Batman fan wishes they had their own bat-cave — not as a headquarters for their one-man anti-crime army per se, but just to have a sweet place to hang out. For a Connecticut man named Chris Weir, that dream is a reality. Using part of his basement, he spent around $150 thousand to create a bat-cave of his very own. While the room’s main purpose is as a movie theater (with a 120 inch screen), it’s designed to look like a cave and is filled with Batman collectibles. Including Batman’s suit from the Dark Knight movies and hundreds of comics and toys. There’s even a secret entrance to the room, inspired by the campy old Adam West Batman TV series. While it’s amazing to have a personal movie theater/cave in your house, it must be weird to watch movies that don’t feature Batman down there. I mean, there aren’t enough Batman movies to only ever just watch Batman, so he has to watch other stuff on his Batman screen, right?

Life Size Lego X-Wing

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People use the small Lego bricks to create works of art, and one of the most impressive (and slightly terrifying) examples is a life size X-Wing starfighter from Star Wars. Made up of over 5 million bricks, this thing is over 43 feet long and is big enough for an actual person to fit inside the cockpit. A team of builders spent over 4 months to put the X-Wing replica together, and my god, that team must have the best communication skills ever. I hope I’m never in the same room as this thing — not because I find it unimpressive, but it’s made of Legos and I’m clumsy.

Hobbit House

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The mere fact that there are people who will sit and watch each Lord of the Rings movie from beginning to end shows that Tolkien fans are the most die-hard fans on the planet. But there are a number of fans who turn things up by living in homes inspired by ones the Hobbits’, and Vince Donovan’s takes the cake. His Hobbit house isn’t any more elaborate than others, but he built it according to the descriptions from the original books, so the final result wouldn’t look too “Hollywood”. (Of course, I doubt anyone would see a Hobbit house and think “pshh, that’s so Hollywood”.)

Hogwarts

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Unlike the life size X-Wing (which is just an upscaled version of the regular sized model), this Lego Hogwarts is all original. And builder Alice Finch didn’t just stop at the exterior — she spent a year of her life crafting an EXACT replica of the fictional school. That means all of the interior rooms were built and even wired for lighting. Granted, it’s not life size, but I think we can all agree that this is still a pretty impressive accomplishment.

Dire Wolf Project

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Game of Thrones, set during generic “medieval times”, features giant wolves based on actual prehistoric wolves. Super-fan Lois Schwarz, a dog breeder from Oregon, has been breeding dogs to create real life versions of those massive beasts. To put things in perspective, that means Game of Thrones inspired a fan to bring a species back from extinction. This is huge! This would be like somebody figuring out a way to develop actual spider-powers or taking down the mob while dressed like a bat. I just hope they stop at breeding giant wolf dogs and don’t find a way to bring actual dragons to life. The show’s good, but it’s not THAT good.

 

What’s the geekiest thing you’ve ever done?

 

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