Most of us collect stuff, in one way or another. But some people's collections are a little bit stranger than others! As this lot prove...

1. Umbrella cover sleeves

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Nancy Hoffman from Peaks Island in Maine, USA, has 730 unique brolly toppers and holds the world record – you don’t say! Nancy has opened The Umbrella Cover Museum (summer only) on Peaks Island and is also running a campaign to get one opened in England.

If you want to see that happen, you can donate on her website…

2. Toenail clippings

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They are kept in labelled bags (phew) and researchers at Atlantic PATH in Canada have been collecting them as part of a national initiative to study cancer. The team have collected samples from 24,999 individuals and received a Guinness World Record certificate in 2013.

3. Bellybutton fluff

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Graham Barker from Perth keeps his navel lint. He started his bizarre collection when he noticed the nestling fluff, and became curious about how much a person produces. The answer, after an amazing 26 years of collecting the fuzzy stuff, is three jars, weighing just 22 grams.

4. Chewed nicotine gum

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Barry Chappell was on an international flight from his home in LA and chewing gum as he couldn’t smoke. There was nowhere to put the gum after he’d finished, so he twirled it into a ball with his fingers. Piece after piece his discarded gum became a larger ball and so he decided to create the world’s largest gumball.

The ball is made up of 95,200 pieces of Nicorette gum and weighs over 12st!

5. Barbie dolls

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Surely many young girls have lots of Barbie dolls? Yes, but this Barbie gathering belongs to a man in his 30s, who favours minimalist decor – except for his 6,000 colourful Barbies! Jian Yang, from Singapore, has spent over £250,000 and 20 years on his collection.

 

So what do you think of the world’s weirdest collections? Do you have any of your own?