Most bizarre online dating sites
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Lookin' for Love1 of 11
By Julie Fishman
Discover ten innovative and unusual dating sites that may help you narrow your search for the perfect mate.
Gothic Match2 of 11
This site is filled with gothy EMO types who'll take you to see The Cure and read you Victorian poetry. While you'll see plenty of eyeliner, lip rings and tattoos on Gothic Match, most members are ordinary people simply looking to connect with someone who appreciates the darker side of life.
Trek Passions3 of 11
Embrace your inner nerd on this dating site for not just Star Trek and Star Wars lovers but all sci-fi fans. Find a fella who shares your Battlestar Galactica zeal, speaks Elvish and wants to attend Comic-Con in matching Spock ears. With a 25:1 male to female user ratio, Trek Passions offers you the pick of the geek litter. Who needs a bad boy when you can have a fanboy?
Alikewise4 of 11
Date by the book at this spot that pairs partners based on reading preferences. While Alikewise is perfect for serious bookworms looking for a lad who'll debate the last line of Lolita, more casual readers can connect with guys who share their more general interests like cooking or travel. Browsing a man's virtual bookshelf—complete with notes on each entry—can reveal a lot about his intelligence, humor and taste, three factors that could help you write your own happy ending.
Blue State & Red State5 of 11
While discussing politics is taboo on a first date, where you stand is bound to influence your relationship down the road. These two dating sites, Blue State for Democrats and Red State for Republicans, match singles based on a three-part assessment that covers economic matters, foreign policy and social issues. You won't be bridging the bipartisan gap, but you may find a lifetime running mate.
Must Love Pets6 of 11
If long walks with your Jack Russell or couch time with your cat are an important aspect of your daily life, you'll need a man who understands that your pet is part of the family. Visit Must Love Pets and get your paws dirty: You may just find a pal for Fido, too.
Same Plate7 of 11
Most dating sites ask about everything from relationship history and religious beliefs to body type and workout preferences. But Same Plate believes the way to the heart is through the stomach. Enter your favorite cuisines along with any dietary restrictions and the site will set you up with a local who shares your culinary lifestyle. Even if it's not a love connection, at least you'll get some decent pad thai.
Ivy Date8 of 11
Founded by two Harvard Business School grads, Ivy Date claims to offer up men who are leaders in fields like medicine, business and law. While you don't have to be an Ivy League alum to use the site, members are screened to make sure they're smart, interesting and driven.
Date My Single Kid9 of 11
If you believe that mother knows best, then let her do the matchmaking at Date My Single Kid, a site where parents create profiles and post pictures for their kids. Nervous about letting mom meddle? Consider this: She not only knows you well, but wants you to be happy and is your biggest advocate. Plus, she's going to stick her nose in your love life regardless so you may as well give her the best tools to work with.
Your Cause or Mine10 of 11
Build houses while laying the foundation for your relationship or restore fisheries to spark an animal attraction at Your Cause or Mine, a free dating site that matches members based on philanthropic interests. Rallying around a common cause creates a low-pressure environment with far fewer of those anxiety-inducing awkward silences frequently found on first dates.
Meet-An-Inmate11 of 11
Women who really like bad boys can start a "pen pal" relationship with this unusual online service. While we don't advocate dating a convicted felon—or any criminal for that matter—we had to share Meet-An-Inmate to prove that there's a dating website out there for absolutely everyone, including jailbirds and the girls who want to love them from beyond the bars.