With trade shows covering every topic from Satan to "Star Trek," the exhibition industry can sometimes seem unreal. That's why we challenge you to guess which of the following shows are real and which are shams. When you're finished, you might just be convinced that truth really is stranger than fiction.
Everything's a joke at the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor's expo, which has its own Humor Academy, along with sessions about what humans can learn from dogs.
Popular classes at the Overland Expo convention - for people who opt to live in their trucks - include photography, mechanical repair, and relationship maintenance.
If the International Consumer Electronics Show is too common for you, try the Luxury Technology Show, where you'll find automated cocktail makers, wallets with fingerprint-identification systems, and fitness bands that measure your brain's attention span.
"What a bunch of crap" might be a compliment at the U.S. Composting Council's convention, where odor management is a key topic of concern for ecologically minded attendees.
It's no gamble to bet that the World Lottery Summit focuses on gamification, Millennials, and other issues facing the gambling industry, including fears that terrorists may be fixing sports contests to make money.
At BodyHacking Con, "You Are Not an Inkjet Printer" was the title of a keynote address, an attendee had a camera embedded in his head, and a fashion show opened with an interpretive dance by a cyborg that senses earthquakes through an implant in its arm.
You can have your cake and eat it, too, at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show's U.S. Pastry Competition, where dessert chefs compete to see who can create a masterpiece of chocolate inspired by the work of Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Vincent van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso.
At Auto-Matic, the "booths" consist of self-driving cars that attendees can sit in and be chauffeured around a show floor stacked full of obstacles and driving hazards.
There's not a lot of horsing around at the Dude Ranchers Association annual meeting, whose topics now include everything from saddles, soaps, and serenity to spa treatments, sustainable ranching practices, and specialized insurance.
Even in a world of alternative facts, there's the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, where attendees learn the latest about
producing nonfiction content for TV.