First Person: ‘I’m a world champion thumb wrestler’

Dayna ‘Big Digit’ Hunt studies at university to become a theatre nurse but secretly dreams of winning her third title in a row

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First Person: ‘I’m a professional knife thrower’

John Taylor spent 30 years as a policeman trying to protect people from knives; now he throws bladed weapons for fun

Bruce Campbell with his Boeing 727 dream home

First person: ‘I live in an airplane’

Former electrical engineer Bruce Campbell’s home for the past 10 years has been a Boeing 727 in rural Oregon

‘I run the sneaker stock market’

Joe Diorio founded SoleXChange for collectors to buy, sell and barter for rare, limited-edition shoes

Tim Gibson, a Cryonics UK Volunteer, pictured with the company's Cryonic Ambulance outside his home in Greenhill, Sheffield, UK on 11/06/2014
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‘I drive a cryonics ambulance’

Tim Gibson believes that cryonics – freezing people for preservation – is ‘a shot at life’

Roman Zoltowski
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‘I drive from Poland to engrave the trophies at Wimbledon’

Roman Zoltowski, a 76-year-old Polish craftsman, drives his 52-year-old MG from Poznan

Adam Warwick inside Bent Creek Experimental Forest, Pisgah National Forest May 2014
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‘I saved a bear from drowning’

Adam Warwick was working as a wildlife biologist in 2008 when he rescued the 375lb bear

Nick Stone with the match ball from England's 1990 semi-final
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‘I’ve got the match ball from England’s 1990 semi-final’

It could be worth £10,000, but Nick Stone will never sell it because of its sentimental value

Throstur Hoskuldsson
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‘I’m rescuing Iceland’s pinball machines’

These ‘beautiful mechanical artworks’ are expensive but Throstur Hoskuldsson keeps most for himself

Lars Aurtande
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‘I built a coffee bar for birds’

Thirty thousand people a day watch ‘Piip Show’, a live stream from Lars Aurtande’s Oslo cafe for birds

‘I help run a museum of bad art’

Louise Sacco co-founded the museum to celebrate the fact that artists have the right to fail too

‘I found a way of saving the US millions, at 14’

Suvir Mirchandani discovered that using a lighter font in government documents economised on printing costs

‘I’m driving a Grand Prix race practice session’

Susie Wolff will become the first woman since 1992 to drive an F1 car at a race weekend

‘I use a remote-controlled car to paint pictures’

Artist Ian Cook says he paints barefoot because he is less likely to tread on a car and break it

‘I use snakes to give body massages ’

Former teacher Ada Barak says snakes have a sixth sense for seeking out where a human is feeling pain

‘I’m captaining a team in the Street Child World Cup’

Monica, 15, wants to represent all children who live on El Salvador’s streets and tell them not to give up

‘I was an extra in a Bollywood movie’

James Crabtree, head of the FT Mumbai bureau, on his speaking part in a film with India’s biggest action star

‘I use the Great American Songbook to help children read’

Singer-composer Anne Phillips is the founder of The Kindred Spirits Children’s Jazz Choirs

First person: ‘I do backflips in a wheelchair’

Stuntman Aaron Fotheringham used to envy kids with skateboards until he realised he too had wheels

‘My artificial leg doubles as a musical instrument’

Masami Orimo plays her ‘cyborg’ prosthetic onstage with her punk band, Shampoo

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