The Guinness Book of World Records has found the world's largest collection of owl objects. The Guinness Book of World Records has found the world's largest collection of owl objects. The Guinness Book of World Records has found the world's largest collection of owl objects. (Photo: Oleksandr Rostunov/Shutterstock)

Holy owl, what a collection!

This guy set a world record by amassing more than 19,000 owl-related items.

There are those who collect and there are those who are collectors, people for whom a passion and commitment is so absolute as to be commendable.

The late Yaakov Chai definitely fell into the second camp. The Israeli entrepreneur accumulated thousands of owl-related items, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Chai passed away last year, but he was recognized posthumously.

"The record for the largest collection of owls consists of 19,100 items and is owned by Yaakov Chai (Israel) as verified in Tel-Aviv, Israel on 4 August 2016," the famed reference book wrote on its website. "Yaakov Chai passed away before the collection was verified," and since then "friends and loved ones have donated owls, bringing the total up to 20,239."

Pam Barker is the owner of Dianne Turner's owl collection, previously the world's largest.Pam Barker is the current owner of Dianne Turner's owl collection, previously the world's largest. (Photo: The Chive)

Chai unseated Pam Barker of Leeds, Maine, as the world record holder. It should be noted, though, that her 18,000 piece collection of owl memorabilia – which included textiles, figurines, art, dishware and assorted ephemera – actually belonged to another Maine resident named Dianne “Owl Lady” Turner. When Turner passed away in 2003, Barker acquired the collection as an investment.

Now before you rush to any sort of judgment about Chai's collecting owls, remember there is also a world record holder for the number of rubber ducks owned and the number of Pez dispensers owned. Just some food for thought.

Meanwhile, Israel has kept the Guinness Book of World Records busy recently. In October last year, a company based in the Mediterranean country created the world's largest tomato salad and in March of this year, it was confirmed that Yisrael Kristal of the coastal city of Haifa was, at the age of 112, the world's oldest man.

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Holy owl, what a collection!
An Israeli man is in the Guinness Book of World Records for amassing more than 19,000 owl-related items.