Grover Norquist is a
high-profile collector who is not ashamed of his habit.
In fact, his
Democratic opponents have taken to calling him "barf
According to the
Washington Post, Mr Norquist "is
often described as an eccentric. For a bedside table, Norquist uses a
giant green canister for Kraft parmesan cheese. He displays what he
hopes will be the
collection of airsickness bags.
At staff meetings, employees say, he holds court while variously
sitting on a giant red plastic ball, eating tuna from a can, rubbing
his feet against a massager and sniffing hand lotion as he kneads it
into his fingers. He excuses himself to go to 'the ladies room.'"
The world's largest collection? That will put fear into the eyes of
Niek Vermeulen (the current
title holder), as well as a host of wannabes.
It's nice to know that not all baggists are as eccentric as Mr
Norquist (at least, I generally put tuna on a plate before I consume
And for those baggists who are genuinely eccentric - well, you're
in good company. You too can reach the pinnacle of your profession by
collecting bags and annoying people who disagree with you.
Massachusetts-based baggist and
Bag Virtual Museum curator Steve
Silberberg has tried to contact Mr Norquist several times about
his habit, but so far has not received a reply.