Online dating has been in the mainstream for several years now—but not all online dating sites are conventional.
Beyond Match.com, OKCupid, eHarmony and the like, there are hundreds if not thousands of somewhat bizarre websites for niche audiences. For your amusement, here are six that caught our attention.
This dating site is dedicated to helping single scientists find love. Forbes Magazine calls Science Connection “a brainy love connection catering to those with a passion for science and nature.” Given that scientists love stats, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they have a page dedicated to a breakdown of their member’s scientific interests as well as the website’s matching success rate, including how many have married and even had babies after meeting through Science Connection!
Are you a death professional longing to meet other like-minded individuals who see dead people? Check out Dead Meet. With more than 5,000 members, Dead Meet is for anyone who works in the death industry: think funeral homes, moratoriums and crematoriums; taxidermologists, anatomists and gravediggers; and even students working toward a career in the sector. They sound like a bit of a saucy lot: according to the team behind the website, “if you’ve been dying to meet someone who shares your interests, you’ve come to the right place!”
Yep, Vampire Passions actually appears to be a legitimate website! This 100% free dating and social networking site is for all folks with a penchant for vampires – whether they identify as bloodsuckers themselves, are hunters, or simply fans of the Twilight saga. If for nothing else, scroll down to the bottom of the homepage for a rather cheeky (but likely highly recommended by a lawyer) disclaimer. Extra bonus: on Vampire Passions, you can search for friends based on blood type!
Darwin Dating is, unapologetically, for “beautiful,” slender people between the ages of 18 and 35. With such a long (and ridiculous) list of things you could be “banned” from the site for, it’s surprising that anybody on the planet would ever be eligible to join. Ironically, Charles Darwin himself wouldn’t be welcomed! Not easily offended? Check out the website for a chuckle at its tongue-in-cheek content. And if you’re brave, consider joining. But be prepared, though, because your membership may not be accepted: members’ votes count for 80% of your final score in determining whether you’re prime Darwin material.
Hey, clowns need love too. In fact, according to this website, “it’s no fun looking for love when you’re a clown, [because] behind all the make-up and the red nose is a lonely heart.” This is for Clowns (yes, with a capital “C”) and Clown wannabes. But no worries if your stage name isn’t and never will be Bozo—plain old civilians can join too! The website is part of one of the largest singles online communities in the world, Dating Factory.
Sea Captain Date
Sea Captain Date is a strange-sounding but surprisingly authentic website for thousands of sea captains who are looking for romance online. Interestingly, the site originally launched in 2007 as a means for ocean-faring couples to connect – but over time, the founders discovered that the service was only gaining in popularity among sea captains and the men and women exclusively interested in dating them. Who ever knew there would be such a target market? Perhaps these sea captains aren’t navigating cruise ships, where socializing is rampant.
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