collection of crab memorabilia - Dr Darren Martin sets
LONDON, UK -- DrDarren Martin,
40, has amassed 363 crab-branded items - including toys, puzzles
and mugs - over the last 15 years - setting the new world
record for the Largest
collection of crab memorabilia.
The greatest crab in the collection?
"My daughter. After careful planning she
was born between 22nd June and 22nd July, therefore making
her zodiac sign, Cancer - the crab."
" It was pure coincidence, I'm not that
largest collection of crab memorabilia began during
his marine biology studies at university, where his doctorate
focused on Zinc and Cadmium in haemolymph of the crab – summed
up by his friends as 'Darren studied crabs'.
DrDarren Martin: “It's
all a bit of a laugh really, I don't take it seriously. “They
are dotted around all over my house but I have a bookshelf
in my house which my Vietnamese wife has an incenses candle
on the top and then underneath is the main bulk of crabs –
so it likes a bit like a crab shrine.
"It started with someone giving
me a crab shaped pencil sharpener and then things started
to snowball from there, crab memorabilia started coming from
all directions (a kind of pincer movement you might say) -
clocks, toys, stamps, glasses, books, mugs, etc - if it had
a crab on it, I was given it. I finally gave in, and started
to add to the collection myself," says DrDarren
Items adorning the side-walking creatures
flooded in from friends and family, resulting in the father
of one – whose two-year-old daughter Hannah has the star sign
cancer - giving in and adding to the collection himself.
Mr Martin added: “It's not a major
part of my life, I'm not obsessed and I don't take it seriously
but I just think it would be very funny to be a world record