Taboo: Extreme Collectors
Thursday, 9.30pm, National Geographic So, you think collecting is a harmless pastime? This program is here to prove that some collectors really do cross the line. A London eccentric sleeps with his skulls, and talks to them as well. ‘‘ I can’t sleep alone and nobody living wants to sleep with me,’’ he quips. In The Philippines a man has multiple surgeries to make his obsession a reality. ‘‘ My dream is to become Superman,’’ he says, though that seems more about dysmorphia than obsessive collecting. The problem is, his home is overflowing with Superman dolls and other paraphernalia, and he just wants to lose his identity and become a part of his own collection. You must see the piercing blue contact lenses that perfectly match his costume. Back in Utah, reptiles have replaced family for a wildlife lover. ‘‘ Each one is like a child to me,’’ he says. And in nearby Arizona a man is indicted for collecting too many butterflies. What makes these extreme collectors tick?