Monday, October 25, 2010

Bellybutton Lint, Underappreciated No More

Posted By on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 4:30 PM

A man in western Australia may be a contender for A) An award for the most industrious use of an unusable substance, or B) Some alone time in a place far, far away from the rest of society. Either way, Graham Barker's hobby has earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

What, pray tell, did Barker do to earn such an, ahem, distinguished honor? He spent the last 26 years collecting the lint from his own bellybutton. Each day he fastidiously dug out his navel debris and added it to a jar. After more than a quarter century of dedicated grooming, Barker amassed 22.1 grams, or .77 ounces, of bellybutton lint.

On his blog, Barker is careful to note that the "navel fluff" is only his own.

He goes on to expound on the reasons to collect bellybutton lint—uniqueness, rarity, completeness of collection and good condition of items—as well as offer readers a chance to view his collection of fuzz (accumulated between 2005 and 2007) in 3D. Who can resist?

By the way, he also collects the clippings from his various beards over the years (complete with photos of the shaving process), bogus names he uses at social occasions which require a name tag, and bags from bakeries.

No one can claim Barker doesn't use his time creatively.

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