Having an obscure passion can make you feel like a bit of an outsider. Until you find a tribe of people who love the thing you’re into, just as much as you do.
This week, we’re examining the obsessive minds of canary fanciers and Nerf fanatics, and the communities that surround them.
‘Nerf Wars’ by Shelby Traynor
Nerf blasters are colourful and unassuming, but some are being modified for hundreds of dollars to shoot further and faster.
Since the early 2000s, what started out as a toy for children has become the weapon of choice for hundreds of people around the world.
And some of these battles are playing out at a local park near you…
Producer: Shelby Traynor
Supervising Producer: Ryan Pemberton
Music: ‘Diamond Veins’ (feat. Sarah Rebecca)(Kid Francescoli Remix) by French 79
‘The Perfect Bird’ by Melanie Bakewell
There’s a lot more to canaries than them being yellow and good whistlers. Just ask Nick. He joined his local Canary Club to help him breed better birds. And now he’s dead-set on breeding the most perfect types of canaries you didn’t even know existed.
Producer: Melanie Bakewell
Supervising Producer: Evana Ho
Music: ‘Chainlink Melody’ by Podington Bear
All The Best credits:
Executive Producer: Ryan Pemberton
Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell
Host: Maddy Macquine
Episode mix and compile: Ryan Pemberton
Community Coordinators: Chloe Gillespie and Danni Stewart
SYN Community Coordinator: Lee Robinson
Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay