Canadian man Joe Murray is used to big projects; he has spent more than a quarter of a century farming grain and raising cattle, after all. But perhaps his most interesting venture has been the excavation of his basement. You see, over a 14-year period Murray has been slowly digging up the earth under his home using toy-sized construction tools. And the stunning videos of the process have now racked up more than seven million views on YouTube.
Almost everyone has a hobby, whether that’s fiction writing, fishing, stamp collecting or oil painting, And according to research, this is a good thing, too. In 2015 psychology professor Jamie Kurtz explained in an article for Psychology Today that such activities actually help us to manage our time better, make new friends and relieve stress, among other benefits.
But, of course, everyone’s ideas of what constitutes enjoyable pastimes differ, which is how some hobbyists end up partaking in some less traditional diversions. For instance, in 1997 Phil Shaw of Leicester, England, transformed the boring household chore of ironing into something much more exciting. To begin with, he simply took his laundry hamper outdoors and pressed clothes in his backyard.