You Got a Paul Schmelzer?!Courtesy Paul Schmelzer
Paul Schmelzer collects autographs. Big deal, a lot of people collect autographs. What sets his collection apart is that according to his Web site, he asks celebrities to sign his name, not theirs. That’s right, he goes up to the rich and famous and says, “May I have my autograph?” Seventy celebrities have signed “Paul Schmelzer,” including Yoko Ono, Michelle Bachmann, writer Isabelle Allende (her "autograph" is pictured), musician Laurie Anderson, film directors Peter Bogdanovich and Wim Wenders, and even the voice of Homer Simpson, actor Dan Castellaneta. Robert Redford and James Brown were confused and signed their own names.
Don't Look On An Empty StomachCourtesy Andy Huot
Andy Huot is a mechanical engineer with an odd fascination for Cheetos. The Louisville, Kentucky, man sees humanoid and other shapes in the tasty treats. So he collects and photographs them, often creating mini scenes. Typically, he works an extra 30 minutes Monday through Thursday to allow himself a half-day every Friday to sift through bags and bags of Cheetos. “First of all, I have to be eating them,” Huot clarifies. “I can’t just open a bag and look for good ones. It just doesn’t work.” He’ll pop open a bag, and remove each cheesy nugget, slowly examining it “from all angles;” if he finds it to be visually unstimulating, he eats it.
As Greg Packer Once Said ...Courtesy The New Yorker
Greg Packer, a 50-year-old, retired highway maintenance worker has a unique collection: quotes. To be exact, his quotes ... to drill down even further, his goal in life is to be the most quoted man in the world. And so far, he’s on track to fulfill his dream, having been quoted by media outlets nearly a thousand times. Somehow, he’s finagled his way in front of a camera to speak on such wide-ranging topics as the Iraq war and the first iPhone, on neither of which he’s an expert. He’s been quoted so often that the Associated Press has banned using him in any more articles.
Source: The New Yorker
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David Morgan has a collection that is the envy of all Department of Traffic groupies: traffic cones. The 72-year-old Brit has gathered 500 of them since 1986, including one from Malaysia and another from Scotland. “Some people probably think it’s dull,” he told the London Mirror. “If I go to dinner parties and tell people I’m a cone collector they quickly move on.”
He Won't Be Collecting CavitiesDebbiSmirnoff/iStock, jfmdesign/iStock
Tucker Viemeister won’t run out of toothpaste any time soon. He’s got a whole wall of tubes—over 200 from around the world. The 66-year-old designer from New York started his collection in the mid-80s while visiting Finland, where he found a toothpaste with the formidable name Flourihammastahna, Finnish for Fluoride toothpaste. Through the years, Veimeister has become somewhat of an expert on international tooth care. French toothpaste often tastes like desserts, he says, while some Japanese toothpastes have ultra-fruity flavors.
Source: The Wall Street Journal