COLLECTORS OF STRANGE THINGS
Added on: 14th May 2015
TOILET SEAT LIDS
Barney Smith, a retired master plumber from Texas, has an
unusual choice of art medium: toilet seats. For the past 30 years,
Barney has created over 700 artistically decorated toilet seat lids.
In 1992, he even opened his own Toilet Seat Art Museum that now
hosts about 1000 toilet seat lids.
CHEWED NICOTINE GUM
Barry Chappell started collecting chewing gum while on an
international flight. Lacking a proper place to dispose of the gum,
he held it in his hand and twirled it around into a little ball;
an action that would give birth to an unusual idea. Six years and
95,200 piece of gum later, Barry was a non-smoking superstar.
He created a gigantic piece of chewed gum that weighs 175 pounds.
One day, Matt Malgram bought 2 hamburgers from a popular
fast food joint. He ate one, and stored the other. After a year,
he discovered that it smelt and tasted exactly the same.
Fascinated, he began a hamburger collection,
labelling them by year.
Joseph W. Lauher has the largest collection of handcuffs
(with focus on vintage ones), leg irons, nippers, and
thumb-cuffs on the web.
Eric Ducharme from Florida has been fascinated with mermaids since
he was a child. At the age of 16, he put on his first show while
swimming as the mermaid prince in Weeki Wachee Springs’ Little Mermaid
show in 2006. Today, except for collecting the tales, Ducharme also
runs his own business called Mertailor that manufactures
AIR SICKNESS BAGS
The Air Sickness Bags Virtual Museum is a collection of about 2,300
air sickness bags collected by museum curator Steven J. Silberberg.
The museum is entirely online, with photographs of the various air
sickness bags; however, the actual collection is stored at Silberberg’s
residence. In addition to airplane air sickness bags, the website also
has a collection of bus sickness, sea sickness, and even
space sickness bags.
Pam Barker from Leeds, Maine, is a huge fan of anything owl. In
2006, she set the Guinness World Record with her collection of over
18,000 owl memorabilia. A collection that includes owls printed on
towels, owl necklaces, owl statues, owl T-shirts, owl greeting cards,
plush owls, and more.
Charlotte Lee from Seattle, Washington, is the Guinness World Record
holder for her 5,631 rubber ducks as of 2011. She began her
collection in 1996, and is still on the hunt.