"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," he said.
While most people have a positive reaction to his collection there is "a small minority – usually women" who find it unappealing.
Mr Barker said he had come across a handful of other navel fluff collectors, but none had taken their hobby to such lengths. He explained: "One guy might have persisted, but he got married and his wife ordered him to stop."
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Update 10/25/10 by Alex - See also: 25 Strangest Collections on the Web