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Stacey Knott is a freelance journalist, recently back in New Zealand after spending the last four years traipsing the world.

Stacey has discovered she's a magnet for eccentric people and weird situations so instead of turning her back on the world's crazies, she started documenting their stories and off-beat traditions. She's taken part in a royal cat wedding in London, hung out with a voodoo priest in Benin, and has given some of her hair to a trichophile to hang up in a cave in Turkey.

When she's not collecting stories, she's seeing live bands, drinking too much coffee which leads her to  rant about animal rights and social justice – her other three biggest passions.

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