Collectors love their tchotchkes. You probably know the type: the person who’s so obsessed with figurines that they have to build an entire shelf for them. Ann Atkins, though, couldn’t stop at just a shelf. Her collection of 2,010 garden gnomes would fill an entire greenhouse. In 2000, Ms. Atkins got the word that her hobby netted her the world record.
Have trouble getting your new key on your keyring? Call a parrot. In 2001, a parrot named Smudge broke the world record for pulling keys off a keyring with 10 removed in less than two minutes. Eight years later, the handy parrot removed 22 to maintain his status as the world champ.