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Hobbies are relaxing and help us cope with the everyday stresses of life. Celebrities lead busier lives than most of us so it should come as no surprise that many of them have hobbies too. That said, you might be surprised at what some of their interests include, although really they are no stranger than yours or mine.

George Clooney Makes Shoes


According to Listverse, George Clooney makes shoes in his spare time. He revealed that this is his favourite pastime on Reddit in 2014, stating that he is a better cobbler than Daniel Day-Lewis who also has the same passion.


George Clooney at the premiere of “The Men Who Stare at Goats”, directed by Grant Heslov, during the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009. Flickr

Kate Moss Plays Bingo

Kate Moss developed her love of bingo as a young girl and according to articles in the Telegraph and the Mirror, she still loves to play although these days she tends to play online. She joins the many thousands of others who play on sites such as Buzz Bingo largely because of the variety of games.

According to Cultbox, she is not the only one with this pastime. Mick Jagger even holds bingo parties at his luxury home, and there is no shortage of celebrity pals ready to attend.

Bill Murray Loves Gatecrashing

Bill Murray just loves to turn up where he is least expected. As well as making us all laugh on TV and the big screen, he loves to put joy into people’s day-to-day lives. There are many stories of him serving in bars, giving out drinks for free and even making surprise appearances at events. He has joined bachelor parties, engagement parties and even once crashed a private house party where he washed the dishes for the host. In fact, there are so many of these antics that a website, Bill Murray Stories, has been started to make them more public.

Nicolas Cage And Comic Books

Nicolas Cage has an obsession with comic books and has an extremely large collection. Even his surname “Cage” comes from the Marvel character, Luke Cage, as he did not want to be accused of using his true family name to further his career. He is actually the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola, Coppola being his real surname. According to GEMR, his collection was built up, sold and then rebuilt. Although he has sold some of them again, he decided to retain most this time around.


Nicolas Cage meeting with fans after filming a scene for National Treasure 2. Flickr

It seems he collects many other things too; he has shrunken pygmy heads, a pet octopus and a dinosaur skull. He also has several exotic pets. On top of that, among his collection of motor vehicles, there are nine Rolls Royce cars and 30 motorbikes. Property wise, he owns an island, a castle and a mansion that is said to be haunted.

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Tom Hanks Collects Typewriters

Tom Hanks has a fixation with old manual typewriters and collects them as a hobby. He is very proud of his collection and has developed an iPhone app known as Hanx Writer, so everyone can have a go.

Some of these pastimes might seem a bit strange, but really they are not so out of the ordinary when you consider the range of hobbies now on offer.


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NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has for the first time spotted signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way galaxy, opening up a new avenue to search for exoplanets at greater distances than ever before.

The possible exoplanet -- or planets outside of our Solar System -- candidate is located in the spiral galaxy Messier 51 (M51), also called the Whirlpool Galaxy because of its distinctive profile, NASA said in a statement.

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An exoplanet in M51 would be about 28 million light-years away, meaning it would be thousands of times farther away than those in the Milky Way, NASA said.

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The exoplanet candidate was spotted in a binary system called M51-ULS-1, located in M51. This binary system contains a black hole or neutron star orbiting a companion star with a mass about 20 times that of the Sun. The X-ray transit they found using Chandra data lasted about three hours, during which the X-ray emission decreased to zero.

Based on this and other information, the team estimates the exoplanet candidate in M51-ULS-1 would be roughly the size of Saturn and orbit the neutron star or black hole at about twice the distance of Saturn from the Sun.

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However, more data would be needed to verify the interpretation as an extragalactic exoplanet. One challenge is that the planet candidate's large orbit means it would not cross in front of its binary partner again for about 70 years, thwarting any attempts for a confirming observation for decades, NASA said.

Named in honor of the late Indian-American Nobel laureate, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the Chandra X-ray Observatory is the world's most powerful X-ray telescope. It has eight times greater resolution and is able to detect sources more than 20-times fainter than any previous X-ray telescope.

Known to the world as Chandra (which means "moon" or "luminous" in Sanskrit), Chandrasekhar was widely regarded as one of the foremost astrophysicists of the twentieth century. (IANS/JB)


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