I save absolutely everything I create digitally. I have docs titled “copy of copy of copy of copy,” lest I lose an earlier version. I compulsively screenshot stuff that strikes me as funny or scandalous. You are either like me or you are not. How preserved is your digital life?
Seriously, any museum with a "Cabinet of Death" display is something you don't want to sleep on. The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities in London displays the entire collection of the proudly eccentric Mr. Wynd, and it's full of weird and wonderful things (mostly weird though).
You have a junk drawer full of stuff you might use some day. You have a few things that you know you'll never use again, but can't bring yourself to throw away. You have a collection that's too much and too big for the space you live in. So what makes you different from a hoarder? Not much.
Last year, a Canadian record shop called Apollo Music bought a filthy, trash-filled hoarder house. Why? Cuz it was full of records. At least 250,000. These are a few snapshots from the process, and they show the biggest and saddest collection you'll probably ever see.
My friend Anna Maria Cool recently mentioned she suspected Batman was a hoarder. The seed was planted. I knew I wouldn't stop thinking about it until I drew something about it. I can stop thinking about it now.
I still find it hard to believe that hoarding is a thing but then I remember people are weird and crazy. Like Richard Baker, a man who's collected, held on to and hoarded so much stuff that you can see it all from Google Maps.
The Cold War ended a long time ago, so you can maybe forgive the government's internal spook-hunters for becoming a little lax compared to the old days. But letting a 67-year-old man ferry top secret documents to his home in a '91 Toyota Corolla? Gonna need a good explanation on this one, guys.
Want to break down the messy mind of hoarder? We've got the first look at this pop psychology explanation in nifty infographic form. Click on the image to make it larger.
Sometimes life is dull, so to jazz things up, you use your imagination and fabricate. Such is the case in this news segment, wherein reporters and a psychologist label some dude with a bunch of computers an e-hoarder. The horror.