Make a Novelty Bet at InTrade.com

Novelty betting, or the act of betting on the outcome or likelihood of a future, non-sports-related event, is becoming increasingly popular in the world of online gambling. Not everyone is interested in sports or has the knowledge to make educated bets. For people who are more interested in the outcome of politics, award shows, or reality TV there are sites like InTrade.com.

Intrade is an online trading exchange website that allows users to bet on just about anything. Think you know where the first hurricane of the 2010 season will make landfall?  How much money a particular movie will gross? When Osama Bin Land will be caught or whether or not California will legalize marijuana? Put some money on it! With 14 categories ranging from Current Events to Business to Climate and Weather, everyone can find something to gamble on. If you don’t want to risk money, sister site InTrade.net allows users to play just for fun as well as create their own betting markets.

If InTrade doesn't do it for you, head over the other novelty betting sites we've profiled: Stiffs.com or Longbets.org. It's just money, right?


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Make a Long Bet at Longbets.org

People bet on many things: the outcome of the latest football game, which horse will win the Kentucky derby, who can funnel the most beers. However, did you know you can also bet when the large hadron collider will destroy the Earth or whether or not a casino will be on the moon by the year 2040? At Longbets.org you can.

Longbets.org allows participants to make a prediction or challenge someone else’s. However, the forecasts or bets must focus on topics that are important to science/society. Predictors and bettors must also include an argument explaining why the topic is important and why they feel they are right (an intellectual betting site, if you will). Bets cannot be revoked once made and all winnings will be donated to the charity of the winner’s choice.

Though many of the bettors will never live to see the outcome of their unlikely wagers (by 2150, schools will teach students how to fight against robot attacks), there have been a few lucky winners. One man predicted the existence of Netflix in 2002, while another argued that that US men’s soccer team would win the World Cup before the Red Sox won the World Series.

Ready to make a bet?


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