For most of us, a collection usually consists of stamps, baseball cards, specific toys, or even cars. But everyone assigns value to different items, and some people have built collections that might be considered strange and unusual by most. These are collections that have made waves in the industry for being unique and interesting, and for being valueless in the eyes of most others.
For anyone that feels like their personal collection of wireless keyboards might seem a bit out of place, these are collections that are so unusual that they often need to be seen to be believed.
There is a museum that can be found in California known as the Asphalt Museum, and it is displays various kinds of roads that have been found throughout the world. Founded in 1991 by two students, the collection has grown to even include pieces of road from ancient Rome, making it the only place in the world where it’s possible to see small pieces of global transpiration.
Burnt food is not the first thing to come to mind when we think of a valuable collectible, but there is, in fact, a museum that can be found in Arlington, Massachusetts, that houses thousands and thousands of burnt food items. The museum was created by Deborah Henson Conant, and current its home to an incredible 50000 examples of burnt food, for anyone that would want to see such a thing.
Barry Chappel is an average guy for the most part, except for holding the record for having the most used nicotine gum in the world. He first began collecting the gum when he was not able to properly dispose of his chewed gum on a flight, and it proved to be a passion that eventually turned into a personal collection. As of right now, the ball of gum weighs about as much as the average women at around 79 kilograms.
The current record for the largest collection of rubber ducks belongs to a woman named Charlotte Lee, who has been recognised by the Guinness World Records. As of receiving the record, she owned a total of 5631 rubber ducks, a collection that she first started in 1996. It remains her foremost passion and one that she continues to this day.
Soviet Era Calculators
Old calculators are fairly interesting in how they work, and this is especially so for calculators from the soviet era, as it was a time of great contravener and secrecy. Sergei Frolov maintains the biggest collections of soviet calculators in the world, which now numbers at a total of 150. Along with these calculators, Frolov also collects vintage computers from the same period, many of which he sells to the public after restoring them to a better condition, although it’s doubtful as to whether they can play the latest video or online casinos games.
Collections can come in any shape or size, and no matter how weird we think it might be, there is usually someone out collecting items that we otherwise wouldn’t give a second glance.