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Schlueter as part of the Truman Library Internship Program. Baker to General John J. King of fluff: Librarian Graham Barker with his jars of belly button lint he has saved. As hobbies go, it's not something you are likely to share with too many friend on the grounds of good taste. But that's not a problem for librarian Graham Barker who is celebrating being recognised by the Guinness Book of Records - for collecting 'belly button fluff. He has saved The year-old plucks the 'fluff' while he waits for his shower to warm up.
The colour depends on what towel Graham uses.
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He said:' The whole process only takes about ten seconds and has become automatic - I don't need to devote much time or attention to it. Graham first began his record-breaking collection when he was bored one evening.
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I had an empty film canister with me which became a perfect receptacle,. Graham said the amount of fluff he collects each day depends on what clothes he has been wearing - with thermal underwear being the most 'productive'. He added: 'I found that having a shower tends to wash away any lint, so the logical time to collect is just before getting in the shower each evening. The daily harvests are stored in a little clay pot specially made for collecting navel lint and at the end of each year the small amount is added to his main collection. On the button:The lint Graham Barker has collected over the years which is now an official record.
It never goes mouldy and does not smell, which means lint from 20 years ago is 'indistinguishable' from the new stuff.
Graham has now sold three of his large jars to a museum for an undisclosed sum and is a quarter of the way to filling the fourth. He said: 'The raw material is worthless but as a unique world record collection and a piece of cultural heritage, of debatable merit, it has some curiosity value.
They are amused or surprised that such a collection exists. Jars full of Graham's record-breaking 'fluff' that has been dated and sold to a museum. The annual lists are compiled from information supplied from the library system to the Public Lending Remuneration Scheme, which manages payments to authors for the loans of their books. Full breakdowns of the most popular books and authors can be found on the PLR website.
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