Re: What is the STUPIDEST hobby you've ever gotten into?
I was going to say comics, only because I was deep into it when the "collector" emphasis hit and I started buying comics more for the putative speculative value than for reading, but when wice mentioned videotaping, I decided that it would have to be the years I spent trying to record every classic-series episode of Doctor Who onto VHS. I damn near succeeded, too, although if I missed an ep (back when Iowa Public Television was running individual episodes on a daily basis) it could literally take years to swing back to it again, so, like the BBC archives, there were/are definite holes in the collection. And I remember getting into a fight with my uncle about the fact that he wouldn't stop watching a movie on the VCR so I could tape that night's episode and the time when I had my friend's mom videotape a week's worth of episodes because she lived in town where the power was presumably more stable than in the country where I lived, only the power went out in town (not at home) and (like every good parent) she didn't know how to set the clock, let alone reset the timer. The only saving grace to this story is that my brother, who is eight years younger than me, took up the collection and became a big fan. He still has the tapes, even though he has almost all the DVDs now, and we actually watched all but one of the episodes of the 8(?)-part Patrick Troughton story "The War Games" late one night a year or two back. (Ironically enough, it was missing the first episode because IPTV had failed to show it.)