WEIRD NEWS WEDNESDAY
In this edition of Weird News Wednesday we’re going to discuss some pretty weird things that people collect … and I do mean WEIRD!!!!
Collectors come in all shapes and sizes and so do their collections. People collect things for various reasons. According To Wikipedia: “… for many people who amass collections, the value of their collection is not monetary, but emotionally valuable—and often not for sale. Collections allow people to relive their childhood, connect themselves to a period in history or time they feel strongly about, to ease insecurity and anxiety about losing a part of themselves, and to keep the past present. Some collect for the thrill of the hunt. Collecting is much like a quest, a lifelong pursuit which can never be complete. Collecting may provide psychological security by filling a part of the self one feels is missing or void of meaning. When one collects, one experiments with arranging, organizing, and presenting a part of the world which may serve to provide a safety zone, a place of refuge where fears are calmed and insecurity is managed. Motives are not mutually exclusive, different motives combine in each collector for a multitude of reasons.’ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychology_of_collecting
There are collectors who collect ordinary things such as: coins, stamps, art, baseball cards, books, movies, music, shoes, dolls, butterflies (to name a few) …. and then there are collectors who collect weird things such as:
TOP TEN – WEIRD COLLECTIONS
(per Marcia Shaw Wyatt of Blogitudes)
– Sources of Info will be listed at end of post – please check them out! –
10. CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPH: While it’s ordinary for some people to collect autographs of famous celebrities, Paul Schmelzer takes his collection one step beyond – he asks celebrities to sign not their name but his on the things he collects.
9. HAPPY MEAL TOY COLLECTION: Eleven-year-old Luke Underwood collected Happy Meal Toys. He had 7,000 pieces in his collection. That’s right – I said 7,000.
8. SOAP COLLECTION: Carol Vaughn has been collecting soap bars from all over the world since 1991. She has more than 5,000 bars in her collection.
7. CONDIMENT PACKAGES: Anyone need some ketchup? Relish? Mustard? Mayo? Collector Chris Harnes has just what you need! He even has a gallery for all his packets.
6. DALMATIONS: Aren’t Dalmations cute? Karen Ferrier thinks so. In fact, she’s a bit Dalmation-obsessed! For 17 years she collected spotted items and had about 3,500 of ‘em!
5. AIR SICKNESS BAGS: Are all these weird collections making you feel nauseous? (Just wait they get worse!) In the meantime, if you need an air sickness bag you can view and pick one out at The Air Sickness Bag Virtual Museum. They even have a website … and a poster!
4. CELEBRITY’S HAIR: Maybe if I make a big enough name for myself, John Reznikoff will want a lock of my hair!He has clippings from Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Poe, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe – to name a few.
3. BRAIN MATTER: Here’s a fresh sample — the story I mean. 21-year-old David Charles was just arrested December 16, 2013 for stealing brain samples from a medical history museum in Indiana. He’s stolen at least 60 jars of the gray matter. Apparently he’s not just collecting, but selling them. I’m thinking he’d better keep more than he sells – sounds like he needs ‘em!
2. NAVAL FLUFF: That’s right – there’s actually a guy who collects and keeps his naval lint. Have you heard about this guy? Graham Barker has been collecting his own naval lint (which he calls “fluff”) since 1984. He also collects beard clippings, bogus names, and bakery bags. His naval fluff collection has landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records and on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno among other things. He even has his own website: http://www.feargod.net/index.php
1. PENISES: Last and certainly not least… we have Sigurdur Hjartarson of Iceland. He collects penises. Yes – you read me correctly. My apologies to any of my dear readers who may be offended – but this collection is by far (in my opinion) the weirdest and I had to include it! Sigurdur has a museum where he displays 143 penises from 41 various mammals. He lacks, however, a human penis sample … but has plans of adding one to his collection someday. (Oh the things I could say about this … but won’t.)
Can’t wait to hear your comments on this Top Ten Weird Collections list! I KNOW you’ve got some so let ‘em rip!