Top 5 of the World’s Strangest Conventions

Thursday, January 5, 2012

5. World Toilet Summit & Expo

The shittiest convention ever? Laugh all you want, but their objectives are actually quite altruist: bringing sanitation and clean water to the 2.5 billion people around the world who still need it.
Created by the World Toilet Organization, it was first launched in Singapore in 2001 and since then it has travelled to various cities around the world including Beijing, Belfast, India, Moscow, Seoul, Shanghai, Taiwan, and Macau.

4. Twins Days Festival

Starting in 1976, Twinsburg, Ohio’s Twins Days Festival is held every year on the first weekend of August. The attendees, almost 3,000 every year, run the range of ages from newborns to octogenarians, most of them twins, although not necessarily identical, usually coming along with their families.
3. Celebrity Impersonators Convention

More than 150 dynamic doppelgängers, who perform in stage shows, host seminars and lead classes for Liza Minellis and Barbara Walterses wannabes. They get together every year at the Celebrity Impersonators Convention in Las Vegas.
2. Xena Warrior Princess Convention

Fans of Xena Warrior Princess have been attending conventions in her name since 1996, and there’s a big one in Los Angeles every year. The mythical heroine, played by Lucy Lawless, graced television screens between 1995 and 2001 and has become quite the feminist icon. Viewers have debated over the years whether Xena and another character — Gabrielle — were lovers. But the gay and lesbian community are convinced and Xena has reached cult status. There’s even a group called ‘The Marching Xenas’ who participate in gay and lesbian pride parades.
1. International UFO Congress Convention

Usually held in Laughlin, Nevada, since 1991, this week-long event usually has over thirty speakers, a Film Festival, tons of vendors and experiencer sessions and has become the conference of the year that people look forward to going to and networking with researchers while reconnecting with friends. Topics generally covered are abduction, UFO sightings, UFO crashes, crop circles, paranormal experiences, government conspiracy and much more.


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