Dating 101: Unique matchmaking services and protecting yourself

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- OkCupid and Tinder are on the tip of every single's tongues. But those are just the tip of the iceberg.

There's a whole world of dating platforms out there.

Below are some of the quirkiest:


High There

Sick of meeting people who don't live the high life like you do? This app is a Tinder for weed smokers. Upon signup, users indicate things like their energy level when using cannabis, their preferred method of consumption (smoking, vaporizing, edibles), and share what they're looking for (in 420 characters or less, of course!).

Gluten Free Singles

Find a lover that shares your health-conscious lifestyle. It'll cost you at least $23.99 a month...but will save you the gluten heartache (or stomachache). The site launched in 2013 and has a network of 20,000 singles and counting.

Ugly Schmucks

A dating site for the unconventionally attractive, Ugly Schmucks lets you search other unfortunate-looking people for free -- but to send and receive messages, you need a subscription (as low as $8.33 a month).

TallFriends.com

This site brings together tall singles and their "admirers." It offers a free membership with a paid option, and there's a blog where people can post their own articles. A recent search turned up one user asking if they were the only person there, another sharing favorite quotes and a post from someone whose horse was suffering from self-confidence issues.

Purrsonals.com

No need to be a single cat lady anymore! This is the place to "meet other cat lovers who really match your PURRsonality!" The site touts itself as not only connecting single feline lovers but also as a social networking site.

Farmers Only

Maybe The Bachelor's Chris Soules should find love here instead of vying for love on ABC. Farmers Only, which launched in 2005 (and its platform looks like it), helps country folk find partners who understand their long days on the farm. It has 2 million members and offers free and premium membership options.

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