Advertisement Doesn't sound so bad Many of us own collections that we're too ashamed to discuss in public, whether it's vintage porn, yarn or commemorative Burger King glasses. So when you hear there's such a thing as book addiction, you figure, hell, it'd be rad to be addicted to the Western literary canon. You'd be so quick with quips and quotes at dinner parties you could wear a damned monocle and nobody would dare call you on it.
The most prominent modern bibiliomaniac was Stephen Carrie Blumberg. From to , this bookish chap raided the archives of about North American universities.
When the FBI finally raided his Ottumwa, Iowa home, the feds discovered 28, stolen books and manuscripts he had been compulsively hoarding. Bibliomaniacs like him don't necessarily read their books or even collect valuable ones.
They just collect them out of a compulsive need to have a fuckload of books. So you could be a bibliomaniac while remaining completely illiterate, though you could build a kick-ass fort. Figure that one out. Technology has obviously made books unnecessary, so the sight of even one book in a friend's home should be cause for concern.
If the person has gone as far as to purchase an entire special shelf to hold all of his books, it's probably time for an intervention. We know what you're thinking: If one puppy is adorable, think how much more adorable a dozen of them would be!
Furthermore, chicks dig animal lovers and dudes love the movie Beastmaster, so where's the problem? Every day we come home will be like that scene in Ace Ventura!
Continue Reading Below Advertisement The horrifying reality: In one infamous case, animal control officers retrieved more than sewage-scented pups from Barbara and Robert Woodley's Sanford, North Carolina home. The house's stench was so damn doggy that it brought the rescuing veterinarians to tears Animal hoarding is often the result of crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder. The hoarder believes that he alone understands his pets, who apparently wish to live cramped and knee-deep in their own shit.
Continue Reading Below Advertisement On a similar note, The New York Times recently posited that "crazy cat lady" syndrome stems from an infection by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite. According to this model, feline stool transmits the bug, which gives the infected owner an unhealthy case of cat-scratch fever.
Before you laugh, know that 60 million Americans may be infected with toxoplasma and that some experts think it will turn all of us into zombies.
We're going to go out on a limb here, but we're thinking the presence of lots and lots of animals in a guy's living room may be an indication. Further, if you catch someone extolling the virtues of Eddie Murphy's opus Doctor Dolittle, that individual is either a potential animal hoarder or eight-years-old.
On the other hand, if you catch someone extolling the virtues of Marc Singer's opus The Beastmaster, buy that man a drink! He has a Master's degree