Single theater nerds looking for a like-minded date, look no further! The Australian dating site, Theatre Buddies is now a US import that will "change the face of dating sites, forever," or so the press release claims. It's a weighty assertion considering the site follows such predecessors in the world of niche online dating as DiaperMates, Trek Passions, and The Atlasphere, but then again theater people are not known for their modesty.
So far the site serves lovelorn drama nerds in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and 8,500 users in the U.S., where it launched in July of this year. Although thespians and other theater professionals are welcome to join, working in the theater is not a requirement for the site. In the same press release, the web site's founder Michael Gordon writes that a shared "love of the theatre...produces instant rapport and greatly increases the safety and enjoyment of the first meet."
What do you think, readers? Does an intimate knowledge of original cast recordings make for a safe romance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section and check out the slideshow below to see some of the most unusual dating sites around.
Apple fans rejoice! "Mac-inspired" <a href="http://cupidtino.com/" target="_hplink">Cupidtino</a> will connect members with the Apple fanboys (or fangirls) of their dreams.
<a href="http://diapermates.com/browse.php" target="_hplink">DiaperMates</a> claims to be a forum where people interested in wearing adult-sized diapers or makeshift diapers can search for, share photos with and meet people who have similar interests.
Operating under the motto "Why toke alone?", <a href="http://www.420dating.com/" target="_hplink">420Dating</a> provides a hub where "smoker friendly" singles can meet and mingle, though a disclaimer states that the site's creators do not advocate the use of illegal substances.
"Slow-moving," "fast-moving" or "immobile" zombies turn to <a href="http://mingle2.com/zombieharmony/free-dating-sites" target="_hplink">ZombieHarmony</a> to find love with "freshly turned," "somewhat rotten" or "very rotten" members of the undead dating pool. Even those missing some or all of their limbs can find a match. "...because the apocalypse doesn't have to be lonely."
<a href="http://www.theatlasphere.com/" target="_hplink">The Atlasphere</a> is a community of enthusiasts for the Ayn Rand's <em>Atlas Shrugged</em> and <em>The Fountainhead</em>. The site boasts over 22,000 general user profiles and over 12,000 dating profiles.
<a href="http://www.vampirepassions.com/" target="_hplink">Vampire Passions</a>, a dating site and social network, welcomes "vampires" and "vampire lovers." While searching for potential dates, members can join groups like "sanguine vampirism," "newly turned," "amateur vampire hunter," "Team Edward," "Buffy," "Dracula," and many more.
Claiming to be a haven for furry fandom, <a href="http://pounced.org/" target="_hplink">Pounced</a> presents an open-minded community that connects artists, writers, publishers and "fursuiters" (those who dress in fur suits or anthropomorphic animal costumes for entertainment or pleasure).
<a href="http://www.darwindating.com/" target="_hplink">Darwin Dating</a> requests that only good-looking individuals join and mingle with the site's presumably attractive members. Acne, sweat stains, bulbous noses, pasty skin and saggy bodyparts are only a few of the many banned characteristics. If you're not sure that you make the cut, members will vote your hotness on a scale from "Ass-like" to "Awesome."
The Ugly Bug Ball
Internet daters will find a haven of self-proclaimed "uglies" at <a href="http://www.theuglybugball.com/index.php" target="_hplink">The Ugly Bug Ball</a> (TUBB).
Boasting 150,000 registered users, <a href="http://farmersonly.com/" target="_hplink">Farmers Only</a> bills itself as a personals site for farmers, ranchers, agriculture students, rodeo enthusiasts, animal lovers, livestock owners, country wannabes, and down-to-earth singles. "City folk just don't get it," the site asserts.
<a href="http://www.wealthymen.com/" target="_hplink">WealthyMen</a> purportedly connects wealthy men and attractive women. The site claims that its male members earn over $100,000 a year and even offers women a "sugar daddy" search option.
According to the site's curators, <a href="http://www.meet-an-inmate.com/http://www.meet-an-inmate.com/" target="_hplink">Meet-An-Inmate</a> helps connect "attractive" incarcerated men and women with non-incarcerated singles via letter and photo exchanges. "Whether you just want a friend, pen pal, someone to talk or even a possibility of a long lasting relationship you could find her/him here," the site says.
<a href="http://en.gleeden.com/" target="_hplink">Gleeden</a> purports to be a discreet extramarital dating site that offers married people "a secret little foray into infidelity."
Are you tall? Do you admire tall people? <a href="http://www.tallfriends.com/" target="_hplink">TallFriends.com</a> might be the dating site for you.
Not just for Trekkies, the <a href="http://www.trekpassions.com/" target="_hplink">Trek Passions</a> social network and personals site welcomes fans of Star Wars, Isaac Asimov, Ben Bova, Robert A. Heinlein, Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke & more.
Though <a href="http://datecraft.com/" target="_hplink">Datecraft</a> might sound like a personals site catering only to World of Warcraft fans, all gamers and video game enthusiasts are welcome.
For a onetime fee of nearly $2,000, <a href="http://www.scientificmatch.com/html/index.php" target="_hplink">ScientificMatch</a> connects customers based on their physical chemistry, determined via DNA samples.
<a href="http://www.candobetter.com/" target="_hplink">CanDoBetter</a> pairs photos of current or potential couples and lets other members vote on whether the partners have found their perfect match. If someone "can do better," based on the community's votes, he or she has the option of meeting someone new from the member pool.
Purple Haze Vampire - Jimi Hendrix Hip Hop Girls - Vampire Lestat Maison
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