Top 5 Most Bizarre Things Available for Rent

Friday, January 6, 2012

5. A Bridesmaid

A woman from China is setting up her own bridesmaid-for-hire service. Xu Lisha, a student at the Tianjin Institute of Professional Technology, has already hired herself out as a bridesmaid several times and says, with weddings becoming more and more professional, she has found a gap in the market. She says she is looking for attractive, well-groomed girls to work for her, and she is particularly looking for university students: “I feel students are more pure and have good courtesies. More importantly, they need the money.”

4. A Pilgrim

He calls himself “the payer-off of promises,” but Portuguese computer expert Carlos Gil could just as easily go by the name of “rent-a-pilgrim.” Mr. Gil has revived a 700-year-old tradition by hiring himself out to go on pilgrimages for those too infirm, too busy or just too lazy to go themselves. His twice-yearly pilgrimages to the shrine at Fatima, in central Portugal, are now financed by those who wish to fulfill pledges secretly given in their prayers. He charges $2,500 (£1,300) for the week’s 100-mile walk from his home in Cascais, near Lisbon, to the shrine of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. He also walks back, which takes another week. Mr Gil denies that the people who pay for him to go on the pilgrimage are cheating on their own pledges. To guarantee that he made the trip on foot, he hands his customers a certificate after every journey with stamps from various places along the way.
3. A Stalking Evil Clown

Dominic Deville stalks young victims for a week, sending chilling texts, making prank phone calls and setting traps in letterboxes. He posts notes warning children they are being watched, telling them they will be attacked. But Deville is not an escaped lunatic or some demonic monster. He is a birthday treat, hired by mum and dad, and the ‘attack’ involves being splatted in the face with a cake. The frightening fun can be stopped at any time, which is handy for parents who have second thoughts and don’t fancy the cost of child therapy. Deville set up his Evil Clown service in Lucerne, Switzerland, after being inspired by some of his favourite horror films – possibly including Stephen King’s It and Killer Klowns From Outer Space. The idea is unlikely to be popular with sufferers of coulrophobia – the irrational fear of clowns.
2. A Celebrity Paparazzi

You’ve read the magazines, watched the shows and bought the jeans with the sunglasses to boot. Or, maybe you have a friend that deserves some extra attention on their special night. is a website that allows the general public to rent paparazzi and live like a celebrity for a day and feel the star treatment. The fake paparazzi can be rented for a variety of events, like: birthday parties, gag gifts, parties and weddings. The company was founded by Tania Cowher, a local commercial and advertising photographer out of Austin,Texas.
1. A Fem Robot

Don’t ask me what you’re supposed to do with her… but the Actroid DER2 Fembot is a realistic android that you can rent at a price of $3,500 for 5 Days. The feminine robot features lifelike silicon skin and can deliver natural expressions. Its limbs, torso and facial expressions are controlled by a system of actuators powered by pneumatic pressure. She can even choreograph her motions and gestures with her voice. She also comes in a nurse’s outfit or dressed like a french maid…. Freaked out yet?


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