Have you ever felt the urge to collect something? Collecting things can become addictive. You start out with a small pile, but before long, you find out you don’t have the space to fill it all. While most people collect baseball cards or model cars, others have collected some very bizarre and weird things. Many of these collections are even the largest in the world, making the habit even more eye-raising. Curious to find out what people have amassed? Here are 25 Bizarre Collections People Actually Have.
For many, trolls are the nasty bullies on the internet. In folklore, they hid under bridges and attacked travelers. But, of course, they are also those creepy dolls. Turns out, a woman named Sherry Groom holds a world record for owning 3,254 troll dolls. After getting her first at the age of 5, the collection snowballed.
For most people, chickens equal food. But for Cecil and Joan Dixon, they’re the one animal they like to collect in many forms. They have a collection of 6,505 chicken-related things. It took them 40 years to collect it all.
Sometimes scratching that one itch on your back can be tough. Having a back scratcher can come in hand in such cases, but you probably didn’t think about collecting them, too. Well, Manfred S. Rothstein did and has collected 657 back scratchers from 71 countries. He’s been collecting them since the 70’s and keeps them all in his dermatology clinic.
There are people who like McDonald’s and then there are people who like it a little too much. In this case, Mike Fountaine took his love for McDonald’s to the max. Not only is he a McDonald’s owner, he has collected 75,000 pieces of memorabilia. The collection takes up over 7,000 square feet of space.
It started with buying a talking clock for his mother because she was sight impaired. After that, he started collecting talking clocks. In the end, Professor Mark McKinnley amassed 932 talking clocks, the largest collection in the world. You’d think with that many talking clocks he’d be cuckoo by now.
You’d expect someone who collects Daleks, the nigh-infamous villains from Doctor Who, to be a fan of the show. But Rob Hull just liked the character since he was a child. He’s collected the most Daleks in the world, totaling 571 models.
In a world of pencils, erasers come in handy. But, nowadays, it’s not too important to have them around. Despite that, Petra Engels has a collection of 19,571 non-duplicate erasers from 112 different countries.
Most people buy scratch cards to quickly see if they won something, but not the man who owns the largest collection of scratch cards. Dave Mannix owns 100,000 scratch-offs and hasn’t scratched off any of them. He’s been collecting them since 1994.
There’s nothing like a good Super Soaker at your disposal on a hot summer day. Well, one big fan collected up to 275 Super Soakers as of 2005, many of which are unique designs.
Since 1991, Karen Ferrier was on a mission to have the most dalmatian-related items. She has since collected 1,117 kinds of dalmatian items, including a car and things from the author of 101 Dalmatians.
Do Not Disturb Hotel Signs
Hotels wouldn’t be complete without the Do Not Disturb sign. Edoardo Flores knows that fact more than anyone else. He’s collected 14,000 different Do Not Disturb signs since the 1990’s.
Most games include a pair of dice to include the element of chance. But not many would think of trying to collect the tiny token. In 2004, Kevin Cook received the Guinness Book of World Records for most non-duplicated dice collection. He owns 11,097 dice.
As of 2013, Ralf Schröder had collected a whopping 14,502 sugar packets. He started the collection in 1987 but some of his oldest packets date back to the 50’s. Here’s hoping he’s not diabetic.
While caring for her mother, Carol Vaughn started collecting bars of soap. She frequently seeks out new bars of soap to add to her collection. She has collected 5,000 bars of soap from all over the world.
Every boy loved to get electric cars on Christmas morning. Well, Colin Hughes makes it his business to collect them and owns 1,200 Scalextric cars.
Most people use up a napkin after a good meal and toss it without thinking twice. But not Martina Schellenberg. As of 2013, she’d collected 125,866 napkins.
Umbrella Cover Sleeves
Everyone needs a good umbrella cover, but in Nancy Hoffman’s case, she needs 730 of them from 50 different countries. To showcase the collection, her house became the site of the Umbrella Cover Museum in 1996.
Celebrity Hair Locks
Louis Mushro has had 4,500 locks of celebrity hair, from Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson, but he never keeps them around for long. Instead, he sells them for a hefty price to fans. Their prices range from $400 to $4,500.
Bob Gibbins, a married man, is believed to have the largest collection of love dolls in the world. He’s collected 240 dolls and supposedly his wife doesn’t mind it.
At his home in Maui, Hawaii, Donald Dettloff owns the largest collection of surfboards in the world. He has 647 different surfboards he’s been collecting for over 15 years.
As of 2008, Barbara Hartsfield has the largest collection of miniature chairs. She’s been collecting them for over 10 years and has amassed 3,000 of them.
Since 1998, Carsten Tews has collected mobile phones. During that time, he put together the largest collection of 1,563 cell phones. His oldest is 33 years old.
All it took was for David Morgan to collect 137 different types of traffic cones to get the world record. Overall, he owns two-thirds of the cone-types ever made.
Raggedy Ann Dolls
Robyn Amato has spent over $20,000 on Raggedy Ann Dolls and memorabilia. She has the largest collection of Raggedy Ann Dolls in the world with a total of 3,000. However, she continues to collect so by this time it’s probably more than that.
Toe Nail Clippings
Richard Gibson has kept all his toenails in a jar since 1978. Believe it or not, it’s not the largest collection of toenails. He started filling a jar with them and wanted to see how long it would take for him to get to the top. When he filled that jar, he moved them to a larger jar and kept collecting.