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Narrator: KIDS DO THE DARNDEST THINGS...

I WANT TO TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT MY ROACHES

BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT MONSTERS

AND THEY CAN BE REALLY CUTE AND FUNNY.

Narrator: ...LIKE AMASS MASSIVE COLLECTIONS.

I'M SOMEWHAT OBSESSED WITH FANS.

IT FEELS GREAT.

Narrator: WE FOLLOW FOUR OF THE MOST FANTASTIC

AND YOUNGEST COLLECTORS...

MY NEXT GOAL IS TO HAVE ABOUT 7,000 LURES.

SPIKE, I'M MICHAEL FROM GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.

I OWN AT LEAST 109 VACUUM CLEANERS.

ELECTROLUX OLYMPIA ONE, DIRT DEVIL SIMPLI STICK,

DIRT DEVIL BREEZE, KIRBY G4, KIRBY G5...

BUT THERE IS ONE VACUUM

I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW.

Narrator: ...IN THEIR QUEST...

OH...MY...GOD!

Narrator: ...TO FIND THE BEST,

THE MOST, AND THE RAREST TO COMPLETE THEIR COLLECTION.

Jason: REECE SPENDS A COUPLE HOURS A DAY

LOOKING FOR THE GALAXY BY LASKO BOX FAN.

I CAN NEVER FIND ONE! IT'S, LIKE, AS IF IT'S TRYING

TO ESCAPE ME!

THIS IS "MY KID'S OBSESSION."

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CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS

I'M THE KING OF THE FAN!

MY NAME IS REECE UMBREIT.

I'M 11 YEARS OLD, AND I COLLECT FANS.

I THOUGHT IT WAS KIND OF A STRANGE THING TO COLLECT.

I HAVE ABOUT 200 FANS.

I HAVE PEDESTAL FANS.

THIS IS A HOLMES PEDESTAL FAN.

THE REASON I BOUGHT IT --

THESE BLADES.

TABLE FANS.

THIS IS A FANIMATION URBANJET.

IT KIND OF LOOKS LIKE THE FINS FROM A 1950s CADILLAC.

TOWER FANS. TOWER FANS ARE SLIM.

SO THEY CAN FIT IN TIGHT SPACES, YET THEY MOVE A LOT OF AIR.

BOX FANS.

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL TREASURY,

PERFECT EXAMPLE OF A BOX FAN TREATED WELL.

IT'S GOT A VERY GREAT SOUND. LISTEN TO IT ON LOW.

SHH! BE VERY QUIET.

[ FAN HUMMING ]

IT'S BEAUTIFUL. IT'S LIKE A BIRD HUMMING.

HASSOCK FANS.

A HASSOCK FAN, AT FIRST, YOU THINK,

"OH, THAT'S JUST A FOOTSTOOL."

WELL, ACTUALLY, AS YOU CAN SEE WHEN I LIFT IT UP,

THERE'S A FAN MOTOR AND BLADE.

WELL, I ALWAYS HAD A RULE ABOUT NOT COLLECTING CEILING FANS.

THIS IS A 1980 HUNTER ORIGINAL.

THIS IS A HUNTER MODEL 22450.

THIS IS A PORTABLE CEILING FAN.

NOTICE HOW IT TWISTS LIKE THAT.

MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS, "WHEN WILL IT STOP?"

MY FIRST MEMORY WITH REECE WITH FANS

IS PROBABLY 18 MONTHS TO 2.

I'M SOMEWHAT OBSESSED WITH FANS.

IT'S THE WAY THE FANS LOOK, HOW NICE THEY ARE.

YES, THAT IS QUITE BEAUTIFUL, ISN'T IT?

I STARTED COLLECTING FANS WHEN I WAS 3,

AND I'M STILL COLLECTING FANS NOW THAT I'M 11.

SO I'VE BEEN COLLECTING FOR EIGHT LONG YEARS.

THE FIRST FAN I HAD, IT WAS A GALAXY BY LASKO BOX FAN.

I'M ABOUT A YEAR OR 2 OLD.

IT WAS JUST A STANDARD BOX FAN,

AND HE PLAYED WITH IT ALL THE TIME.

IT WAS IN THIS KIND OF CABINET

AND HAD A BADGE UP HERE THAT SAID "GALAXY BY LASKO."

WELL, WHEN HE WAS AROUND 3, THE MOTOR JUST BURNED OUT.

AND WHO WANTS A BOX FAN

JUST SITTING AROUND THE HOUSE THAT DOESN'T WORK?

SO I THREW IT OUT.

SINCE THEN, I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS EXACT SAME FAN.

IT WOULD HELP FILL

A BOX FAN-SIZED HOLE IN MY HEART.

HE GOES IN THE COMPUTER SEVERAL HOURS A WEEK

LOOKING FOR ANOTHER GALAXY BY LASKO.

I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THAT GALAXY BY LASKO FOREVER.

I JUST LOVED THAT THING.

BUT I CAN NEVER FIND ONE!

IT'S, LIKE, AS IF IT'S TRYING TO ESCAPE ME!

AND HE'LL TRY TO MAKE ME FEEL BAD.

HE'LL SAY, "I REALLY FEEL SAD THAT --

THAT YOU THREW THAT FAN OUT."

SO IT -- NOT MUCH I CAN SAY, OTHER THAN, "I'M SORRY.

I DIDN'T KNOW."

WHEN HE GETS A NEW FAN, HE SPENDS TIME

CHECKING THEM OUT, WORKING WITH THEM.

I JUST TEST THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY WORK.

[ HUMMING ]

AND IF THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THEM,

I FIX THAT PROBLEM.

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH OIL.

JUST BECAUSE THE MOTOR BROKE DOESN'T MEAN YOU THROW IT AWAY.

Narrator: THERE ARE OVER 700 FAN COLLECTORS IN THE U.S.

THE AVERAGE COLLECTOR OWNS 70.

REECE HAS THREE TIMES THAT.

ALTHOUGH NEIGHBORS HAPPILY BRING THEIR BROKEN ONES

TO BE FIXED OR TO DONATE, NOT EVERYONE'S A "FAN."

[ VIDEO GAME BEEPING ]

REECE AND HIS FANS, LIKE, IT CAN GET ANNOYING SOMETIMES.

HIS FANS ARE ALL OVER.

THEY'RE IN THE HALLWAYS, THE BASEMENT, OUR ROOMS,

HIS ROOM, KITCHEN, EVERYWHERE.

IT DOES TAKE UP SPACE.

BUT WE TRY TO FIND NEW SPOTS.

WE PUT SHELVES UP IN HIS ROOM

SO HE COULD KEEP HIS SMALLER ONES THAT WERE SPECIAL.

YOU KNOW, YOU WORK WITH IT.

YOU FIND A PLACE TO PUT EVERYTHING.

Reece: ALL OF MY 200 FANS,

ALL OF THEM MAKE DIFFERENT SOUNDS.

CAN YOU HEAR IT? IT'S KIND OF LIKE BONGOS.

[ FAN WHIRRING ]

SOME HAVE A DUN, DUN, DUN, DUN, RHYTHM.

DA-DA DA DA-DA DA DA-DA.

SOME HAVE A DA, DA, DA, DA, DA, DA, DA RHYTHM.

SOMETIMES I, LIKE, TURN ON THE FAN AND JUST DANCE.

Alex: WELL, PRETTY MUCH, BY NOW, ALL MY FRIENDS

JUST KNOW THAT HE LOVES FANS.

THEY USED TO THINK IT WAS A LITTLE BIT WEIRD.

BUT NOW THEY JUST -- THEY JUST KNOW THAT,

THAT'S WHAT HE LIKES TO DO.

WE DON'T REALLY HAVE ANY RULES FOR HOW HE USES THE FANS.

SOMETIMES HE'LL STOP A FAN WITH HIS TONGUE.

HE KNOWS THEY HAVE ELECTRICITY. HE RESPECTS THE POWER.

HE'S YET TO REALLY INJURE HIMSELF.

WE JUST KIND OF ACCEPT HIS ECCENTRIC BEHAVIOR WITH THAT.

[ CHUCKLES ]

[ WHIMPERS ]

Reece: SOMETIMES I LIKE SPECIFIC FANS.

I'LL TAKE THAT FAN WITH ME INTO EACH ROOM.

REECE SPENDS A LOT OF TIME MOVING HIS FANS AROUND.

I'LL COME HOME FROM WORK, AND I'LL TURN AROUND,

AND THERE'S, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT FANS IN THE LIVING ROOM.

HE SPENDS A COUPLE HOURS A DAY WITH HIS FANS.

SOMETIMES I BUILD FORTS WITH FANS.

SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT FANS

IS HAVING A BUNCH OF THEM SURROUNDING YOU.

IT FEELS GREAT!

Narrator: PARENTS SPEND CLOSE TO $400 A YEAR

ON TOYS FOR THEIR KIDS.

NOT SO AT THE UMBREIT HOUSE,

WHERE REECE BUILDS HIS OWN AIR-MUSEMENTS.

LET'S GET TO WORK.

MAKES ALL THESE NICE LITTLE HOLES.

THE METAL BLADE ONE SHOULD BE IN THE CENTER.

PUSH THAT IN THERE, THAT ONE IN.

NOW ONE MORE FAN.

OKAY. THE MORE POWER WE CAN GET, THE BETTER IT'LL BE.

ALL RIGHT, REECE. LET'S...

PUT THIS THING IN AND...

THERE YOU GO.

I'LL PUT IN THE SCREWS.

IT'S GOING INTO THE BOX.

[ FANS WHIRRING ]

-IT'S HOLDING. -I CAN FEEL AIR COMING THROUGH.

YOU WATCH OUT, BUDDY!

OH!

Logan: WHEN HE FIRST TOLD ME ABOUT IT,

I DIDN'T REALLY THINK IT WOULD WORK.

BUT I GUESS I WAS WRONG, SO...

COME ON IN, ANDY, MAKE A SHOT.

'MERICA!

MY FRIENDS, SOME SAY IT'S COOL.

SOME SAY I'M [CLICKS TONGUE] CUCKOO.

OH, MY GOD. ANDY ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE REECE IDEAS.

NOW THAT I'M HERE, IT'S PRETTY COOL.

I TOLD YOU THIS WOULD WORK.

YES! I WON!

Reece: WE SHOULD PICK THIS ONE.

TOM FRAMPTON, OWNER OF FANIMATION,

CALLED ME UP AND SAID HE WANTED ME

TO BRING SOME OF MY FAVORITE FANS

TO HIS MUSEUM FOR PEOPLE TO LOOK AT.

REECE IS A VERY SPECIAL VISITOR WITH A SPECIAL COLLECTION,

AND I HAD TALKED TO HIM ABOUT LOANING US SOME FANS.

AND HE GRACIOUSLY AGREED.

THIS ONE'S KIND OF UNIQUE.

HE'S GONNA ALLOW ME TO EXHIBIT SOME OF MY FAVORITE FANS.

Cynthia: DO YOU WANT TO FIND ONE MORE?

TOO MODERN, TOO CASUAL, THIS ONE.

OH, THAT ONE'S NICE.

IT IS NICE.

I FEEL VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

IT IS ONE OF MY FANTASIES.

Narrator: THE MUSEUM IS IN ZIONSVILLE, INDIANA,

350 MILES FROM HIS HOME.

BUT FOR REECE, WILL IT BE THE MARATHON JOURNEY

OR THE EPIC MUSEUM

THAT HAS THE BIGGEST FAN SURPRISE FOR HIM...

-OOH! -...AND HIS COLLECTION?

UH -- I --

Narrator: REECE UMBREIT IS DIFFERENT

FROM EVERY OTHER FIFTH GRADER IN FOND DU LAC, WISCONSIN.

HE COLLECTS FANS, OVER 200 OF THEM.

TODAY, HIS FAMILY IS DRIVING OVER SIX HOURS,

TO THE ONLY FAN MUSEUM IN THE COUNTRY,

TO LEND THEM THREE OF REECE'S FAVORITE FANS

TO PUT ON DISPLAY.

Jason: SO, ON OUR WAY DOWN TO FANIMATION,

WE SAW A LARGE WIND FARM.

HE WAS REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THESE AND WANTED US TO STOP.

AND IT LOOKED LIKE WE COULD GET CLOSE TO THESE, TOO,

AND HE WANTED TO GIVE THAT A TRY.

REECE HAS NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GET THIS CLOSE

TO A WIND TURBINE BEFORE.

IT WAS REALLY SPECIAL FOR HIM.

Cynthia: I THINK HE LIKES THE IMMENSE SIZE DIFFERENCE

BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE THERE, THEY'RE JUST SO BIG.

Reece: I COULD STAND OUT IN THIS FIELD OF WIND TURBINES FOR HOURS,

MAYBE EVEN YEARS.

THIS IS THE FANIMATION ANTIQUE FAN COLLECTOR

ASSOCIATION MUSEUM.

IT'S THE ONLY FAN MUSEUM IN THE COUNTRY.

THERE'S 1,000-PLUS FANS IN HERE FROM THE 1800s ON FORWARD.

LET'S TAKE THESE IN THE MUSEUM, LAB HERE.

RECENTLY HAD A CONVERSATION TO SEE IF REECE WOULD BE

WILLING TO LOAN US SOME FANS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME,

AND HE GRACIOUSLY AGREED.

LET'S PUT YOUR FANS UP HERE AND SEE WHAT YOU GOT.

WELL, YOU GOT A REALLY NICE EMERSON.

IT'S A 7000 SERIES. I FORGET THE EXACT NUMBER.

THIS ONE I'M NOT SURE OF.

I'LL HAVE TO DO SOME RESEARCH ON IT, FIND OUT...

WHO MADE IT.

...WHO MADE IT.

IT'S A QUITE FAMILIAR DESIGN.

I TELL YOU, REECE, OF THESE THREE FANS, THIS IS MY FAVORITE.

THIS IS CALLED AN ALLIANCE MICROPHONE FAN.

CAN YOU GUESS WHY?

'CAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE AN OLD MICROPHONE?

EXACTLY. WELL, I'M REALLY HAPPY

YOU'RE GONNA LOAN THESE TO THE MUSEUM FOR AWHILE.

THEY KIND OF NEED A GOOD HOME FOR A LITTLE BIT.

WHOA!

THIS IS A REALLY, REALLY RARE PIECE.

IT'S A GENERATING OZONE MACHINE.

I LOVE THIS VORTALEX.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW REPLICAS OF THESE,

THE FIVE-BLADE VERSIONS?

I DO.

Jason: WHEN REECE COMES IN TO THE MUSEUM,

HIS WHOLE WORLD JUST CHANGES.

HE KEEPS GOING FROM FAN TO FAN TO FAN,

AND HE DOESN'T WANT TO STOP.

THIS KIND OF LOOKS LIKE A VORNADO.

ALL HIS KNOWLEDGE JUST COMES OUT.

AND IF HE CAN SHARE WITH ANOTHER COLLECTOR,

IT'S AMAZING WATCHING HIM.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF, LIKE, A COMPANY CALLED CALFRAMO?

I HAVE. IN FACT, THIS IS ONE OF THEM.

OH! THAT'S THE SAME AS MINE,

EXCEPT MINE'S IN MORE OF A CASE.

BUT IT'S THAT SAME SPEAKER LOOK.

Cynthia: IT'S LIKE A TRUE BONDING CONVERSATION

'CAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN SHARE AN INTEREST WITH SOMEBODY ELSE.

AND THEY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THESE VIA HASSOCK FANS

THE BOX FANS?

I HAVE TWO HASSOCK FANS.

-YOU DO? -I HAVE A KISCO AND A LAKEWOOD.

I REALLY LIKE THAT ONE.

YOU LIKE THAT ONE?

IT'S KIND OF COOL.

WE'VE GOT MORE WALL FANS HERE.

UH -- I --

IT'S THE GALAXY BY LASKO.

COME ON!

[ TRIUMPHANT MUSIC PLAYS ]

WHEN I SAW THAT GALAXY BY LASKO, I JUST FELT SO HAPPY INSIDE.

I WAS ABOUT TO -- I COULD'VE -- I WOULD'VE --

I COULD'VE SCREAMED!

IT HAS THE SAME BADGE

AS THE ONE I'M LOOKING FOR. -MM-HMM.

IT'S THE ONE I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR FOR YEARS!

Frampton: SO I'D WANTED TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR REECE.

SO I CONTACTED HIS MOM.

AND SHE MENTIONED THE FIRST FAN HE'D EVER COLLECTED

HAD BURNED OUT AND WISHED HE COULD LOCATE ANOTHER ONE,

HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO.

NOW LET'S MAKE SURE WE GOT THE RIGHT YEAR.

SO THEN I SPENT THREE DAYS,

AND I FINALLY LOCATED ONE IN NEW ORLEANS,

AND HAD IT SHIPPED OVERNIGHT.

IT'S EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED!

HE JUST LIT UP.

HE WAS VERY EXCITED TO SEE THIS HOLY GRAIL.

I'M TRYING TO GET RID OF IT.

WELL, YOU GOT A BUYER!

I'VE GOT A BUYER?

YOU'RE LOOKING RIGHT AT HIM.

I'LL TRADE YOU THIS FAN FOR THE FANS

YOU'RE LOANING TO THE MUSEUM. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

YES.

IS THAT A GOOD DEAL?

IT WOULD BE AN HONOR, YES.

I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR ONE FOREVER!

IT WAS REALLY GREAT SEEING HIS RESPONSE.

AND IT WAS ALSO NICE BECAUSE I KNEW THAT I WAS OFF THE HOOK.

I'VE BEEN SEARCHING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO FIND THIS THING.

AND I FINALLY GOT IT. YES!

AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF HEARING HIM TELL ME

HOW I THREW AWAY HIS FIRST FAN AND HIS FAVORITE FAN,

I DON'T HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT ANYMORE.

AND MAYBE THAT'LL COMPLETE HIS COLLECTION.

YEAH.

AND WE'LL BE DONE.

I HIGHLY DOUBT IT. [ CHUCKLES ]

LET'S BRING THAT ON IN HERE.

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK?

-WHOA! -THIS IS FRONT AND CENTER.

PEOPLE COME IN. AND THE FIRST THING

THEY'RE GONNA SEE...

ARE THESE THREE BEAUTIFUL FANS

...ARE YOUR FANS.

PERFECT.

GRACIOUSLY DONATED FROM THE COLLECTION OF REECE UMBREIT,

QUOTE UNQUOTE "THE FAN BOY." IT'S PRETTY COOL.

MAKES ME FEEL VERY HAPPY BECAUSE, WELL,

A PART OF ME IS IN THIS MUSEUM,

AND I CAN FINALLY SHOW OFF MY COLLECTION.

ALL IN ALL, THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST TIMES

SOMETHING'S EVER HAPPENED TO ME AND IT'S RELATED TO MY FANS.

THANK YOU, FANS.

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

I THINK COLLECTING FANS

IS PROBABLY ONE OF MY BETTER ACHIEVEMENTS IN LIFE

'CAUSE I'M FINALLY GETTING FAME.

A LIZARD DONE BY JORDAN.

[ APPLAUSE ]

-WHAT'S FOR DINNER? -IT'S CHICKEN, YOUR FAVORITE.

ALL RIGHT, SWEETIE. LET'S GO.

GO TO BED, HONEY.

CAN YOU READ ME A BEDTIME STORY?

BUT I WANT TO GO TO BED.

MOM SAID WE NEEDED TO.

[ OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS ]

YOU LIKE THAT?

EH. OKAY, KIDS.

TIME TO GET UP AND EAT.

IT'S TIME FOR BED, BABE.

GOOD NIGHT, SHELBY.

[ SCREAMS ]

HI. MY NAME IS SHELBY COUNTERMAN.

I AM 9 YEARS OLD, AND I COLLECT COCKROACHES.

[ SMOOCHES ]

WHEN I STARTED COLLECTING ROACHES, I ONLY HAD FIVE.

AND NOW I HAVE THOUSANDS.

I LIKE ROACHES BECAUSE WHEN THEY CRAWL ON MY ARMS THEY TICKLE ME,

AND WHEN I HOLD THEM, THEY MAKE ME REAL HAPPY.

UH, I COULD DO WITHOUT THEM,

BUT SHE REALLY LIKES THEM, SO...

I ABSOLUTELY DON'T LOVE THE COCKROACHES,

BUT I CAN DEAL WITH THEM.

I DO HAVE FREAK-OUT MOMENTS EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE.

-AAH! -OH, MY GOD! GET THOSE!

GET THEM ALL.

NO ROACHES ESCAPED, MOMMY.

BUT OVERALL, YOU KNOW, I'VE COME TO ACCEPT SHELBY'S PASSIONS.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT ROACHES IS THAT THEY ARE

UNIQUE AND SPECIAL.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT COCKROACHES IS THAT SOMEDAY,

IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THAT THEY WILL ALL GO AWAY.

I WANT TO TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT MY ROACHES

BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT MONSTERS.

AND THEY CAN BE REALLY CUTE AND FUNNY.

THESE ARE DUBIA ROACHES. SHE IS PREGNANT.

AND RIGHT HERE YOU CAN SEE HER EGG CASING

IN THE BACK OF ABDOMEN.

THESE ARE MY MADAGASCAR HISSING COCKROACHES.

AND SOMETIMES THEY'RE TOO NOISY. I'LL HISS AT THEM.

[ HISSES ]

THE EXOSKELETON IS THEIR BONES ON THE OUTSIDE OF THEIR BODY.

THEY SHED THEIR EXOSKELETON.

THEY TURN SNOW-WHITE FOR JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS.

AND THEN THEY GET THEIR NORMAL COLOR BACK.

THE ROACHES, THEY DO NOT BITE.

THEY'RE NOT HARMFUL AT ALL, EXCEPT THEY MAY BE

A LITTLE STINKY ONCE IN AWHILE.

THIS IS A TAXIDERMY BEETLE.

I USE THEM TO CLEAN OUT THE DEAD BUGS IN MY CAGE

SO IT DOESN'T SMELL SO BAD.

THEY'RE CALLED TAXIDERMY BEETLES

BECAUSE THEY EAT THE FLESH OFF BONES.

Narrator: WITH OVER 1,000 ROACHES,

SOMETIMES, THE WHOLE COUNTERMAN FAMILY

MUST JUMP IN AND HELP.

THE THING I LIKE LEAST ABOUT THE COCKROACHES

IS WHEN WE HAVE TO CLEAN THE TANKS OUT.

IT CAN TAKE A LOT OF TIME.

THE ACTUAL TRANSFERRING THEM TANK-TO-TANK,

IT'S NOT EXACTLY PLEASANT MOVING THEM

FROM ONE LOCATION TO THE OTHER.

THERE'S A MILLION OTHER THINGS I'D RATHER BE

DOING RIGHT NOW THAN SORTING OUT ROACHES

AND GETTING ALL THIS MESS TAKEN CARE OF.

CHECK AND MAKE SURE THERE'S NO BUGS OUT.

THERE IS ONE RULE -- DO NOT LET THE ROACHES GET LOOSE.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN.

THIS IS DEFINITELY THE GROSSER THING

THAT WE HAVE TO DO WITH THEM.

19, 20, 21, 22, 23.

BUT WE DO TRY TO BE SUPPORTIVE.

SHELBY DOESN'T KNOW LIFE WITHOUT COCKROACHES.

SHE'S HAD THEM FOR SO LONG.

WHEN SHELBY WAS 18 MONTHS OLD,

WE TOOK A FIELD TRIP TO A CONSERVATION DISTRICT.

SHELBY SAW THE COCKROACHES

AND JUST ABSOLUTELY FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM.

SO, WHEN I WAS 3 YEARS OLD, I TOLD MY MOM I WANTED BUGS.

WHEN MEG TELLS ME THAT SHELBY NEEDS COCKROACHES,

I'M, LIKE, "WHO'S THE GROWN-UP HERE?

WHY DOES SHELBY NEED COCKROACHES?

YOU'RE THE GROWN-UP. YOU SHOULD'VE JUST TOLD HER, 'NO.'"

A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE TOLD ME THAT

HE WOULD GIVE US MALE COCKROACHES.

YEAH. SO I GOT VOTED OUT, TWO TO ONE.

WHEN SHELBY WAS 5, WE WERE ON ANOTHER FIELD TRIP.

AND SHELBY SPOKE WITH THE FOLKS THERE

AND TOLD THEM THAT SHE HAD A BIG PROBLEM.

I TOLD THEM THAT I DIDN'T HAVE ANY GIRLS.

AND I GOT REAL JEALOUS 'CAUSE THEY HAD BABIES.

WE LEFT ON THAT FIELD TRIP WITH FEMALE COCKROACHES,

AND SHELBY BEGAN BREEDING THEM.

AT 9, SHE HAS THOUSANDS, THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF THEM.

I KEEP MY FAVORITES AT THE END OF THE BED BECAUSE I LIKE THEM.

SHELBY GOT A TERRIBLE COLD ONE TIME.

AND WE WERE TRYING TO ISOLATE WHAT WAS CAUSING HER,

COUGHING ALL NIGHT LONG.

SO I ACTUALLY TOOK THE TANK OUT OF SHELBY'S ROOM.

AND THEN, THE NEXT MORNING, I WAS, LIKE,

"MOM, I HAD NIGHTMARES."

SHE WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT HAVING BAD DREAMS.

AND SHE DID UNTIL I PUT THE TANK BACK A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER.

SHE PUT IT BACK IN AND I'M, LIKE,

"MOM, MY NIGHTMARES ARE GONE."

AND EVER SINCE THEN, I HAVE NOT HAD ANY NIGHTMARES.

SHE VIEWS THE COCKROACHES

AS ALMOST A SECURITY BLANKET IN HER ROOM.

AND THAT'S HOW MY ROACHES ARE MY DREAM CATCHERS.

THIS IS MY GRAVESTONE FOR MY FAVORITE ROACH.

HER NAME WAS BLACKIE.

AND I NAMED HER BLACKIE

BECAUSE SHE WAS COMPLETELY BLACK.

SHE DIED ABOUT A YEAR AGO.

AND ON THE BOTTOM, I WROTE, "SHE WAS NICE."

AND I MISS HER A LOT.

SO SOMETIMES I COME OUT HERE AND JUST LOOK AT HER GRAVESTONE.

SHELBY ENJOYS DOING A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES

WITH HER COCKROACHES.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO TAKE THIS SIZE.

WE HAVE A FEW EXAMPLES.

SOMETIMES MY FRIENDS WILL COME OVER AND PLAY WITH DOLLS.

AND SOMETIMES THEY'LL COME OVER AND PLAY WITH ROACHES.

WHAT ARE YOU MAKING, JORDAN?

I'M TRYING TO MAKE, LIKE, A SMALL SHIRT.

BUT IT'S COMING OUT, LIKE, A REALLY BIG ONE.

TODAY WE ARE MAKING COSTUMES FOR MY ROACHES,

AND I INVITED SOME FRIENDS OVER TO HELP ME.

I'M GONNA GO.

WELL, IN MY OPINION,

IT'S PERFECTLY FINE TO HAVE COCKROACHES.

AT FIRST, KIND OF CREEPY.

[ GIGGLES ]

I THINK HAVING A COCKROACH FOR A PET IS PRETTY WEIRD.

WELCOME TO THE COCKROACH FASHION SHOW.

OUR FIRST VIEWER WILL BE A BUMBLEBEE MADE BY EMILY.

[ APPLAUSE ]

THIS IS SUPERMAN DONE BY JORDAN.

HE THINKS HE'S A SUPER HERO RIGHT NOW.

[ APPLAUSE ]

A REAL PRETTY BUTTERFLY DONE BY SHELBY COUNTERMAN.

[ APPLAUSE ]

I THINK THE FASHION SHOW WENT PRETTY GOOD

OOH!

BESIDES ALL THE COCKROACHES STARTING TO RUN AWAY.

A LIZARD DONE BY JORDAN.

[ APPLAUSE ]

I WANTED ALL MY FRIENDS TO KNOW THAT COCKROACHES CAN BE FUNNY

AND THEY'RE NOT SCARY.

A CHICKEN DONE BY ANDREA.

[ APPLAUSE ]

I LOVED HAVING A FASHION SHOW WITH ROACHES...

WHOO!

...EVEN IF IT WAS CREEPY.

THAT WAS BASKET FIVE.

Narrator: BUT COCKROACH COUTURE ISN'T THE ONLY WAY

SHELBY SPREADS THE ROACH GOSPEL.

SHELBY LOVES THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM.

AND SO IT WAS A HUGE EXCITING MOMENT

WHEN THEY WANTED HER TO COME SPEAK

ABOUT THE COCKROACHES

AND EDUCATE KIDS ABOUT THE VALUE OF THE COCKROACHES.

AT THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM,

MY GOAL IS TO TEACH THEM ABOUT ROACHES

BY DOING A ROACH CIRCUS.

WHAT WE PUT TOGETHER IS, WE HAVE A FERRIS WHEEL,

A CANNON, AND A TIGHTROPE.

IF YOU GO LIKE THIS. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

OOH, YEAH.

THE CANNON, WE USED STICKERS TO DECORATE IT.

Morrey: WE'RE GONNA HAVE A LITTLE AIR-POWERED

ROCKET LAUNCHER TO LAUNCH OUR PROJECTILE,

WHICH, TODAY, HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF HER BELOVED ROACHES.

ALL RIGHT.

WE ARE GONNA MAKE THE CANNON SHOOT THROUGH THIS HOOP OF FIRE

AND HIT THE NET.

Together: FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE.

AAAH!

OH.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO SHELBY'S AMAZING COCKROACH SHOW!

[ APPLAUSE ]

All: FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE!

ALL RIGHT, SWEETIE. LET'S GO.

Narrator: MANY 9-YEAR-OLD GIRLS PLAY WITH DOLLS.

NOT SHELBY COUNTERMAN.

SHE PREFERS PLAYING WITH HER COLLECTION...

[ DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS ]

...OF MADAGASCAR HISSING AND DUBIA COCKROACHES,

SEVERAL THOUSAND OF THEM.

HERE'S THE FERRIS WHEEL.

OKAY. NO ROACHES IN THERE, RIGHT?

NO. WE CHECKED.

HOW COULD YOU FORGET YOUR BELOVED ROACHES?

READY? CLEAR.

Narrator: TODAY, SHELBY'S BEEN INVITED

TO SHOW OFF HER LITTLE FRIENDS AT THE LOCAL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM.

WE'RE GONNA DO A ROACH CIRCUS IN A FEW MINUTES.

YOU'RE DOING A WHAT?

A CIRCUS.

OH, OKAY.

Bormann: HER FAMILY COMES TO THE MUSEUM VERY OFTEN.

SO WHEN WE HEARD ABOUT SHELBY AND HER COCKROACHES,

WE THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT IDEA FOR HER TO COME HERE

AND SHARE WITH EVERYBODY WHAT SHE DOES,

HER SPECIAL TALENT.

THESE ARE COCKROACHES. THEY ARE MY PETS.

-DO THEY HURT YOU? -NO.

SO, WHICH ONES ARE THE HISSERS?

-THAT'S THE MADAGASCAR. -OKAY.

Gibbs: SHELBY CAME TO MY CLASSROOM

WHEN SHE WAS ABOUT 3 YEARS OLD.

AND THE THING THAT MOST INTERESTED HER WERE THE ROACHES.

SHE WAS DRAWN TO THOSE IMMEDIATELY,

AND THEY CAPTIVATED HER PRETTY MUCH FROM THE BEGINNING.

THEY CAN LIVE UP TO TWO TO FIVE YEARS.

SHELBY'S INTEREST IN THE ROACHES HAS CONTINUED TO GROW,

AND HER MOTHER CONTINUALLY REMINDS ME THAT I'M THE ONE

THAT STARTED HER CREATIVITY IN THESE INSECTS.

Shelby: LADIES, AND GENTLEMEN,

WELCOME TO SHELBY'S AMAZING COCKROACH SHOW!

[ APPLAUSE ]

THIS IS A MADAGASCAR HISSING COCKROACH.

ONE MORE, ONE MORE.

[ CIRCUS MUSIC PLAYS ]

[ APPLAUSE ]

THE MADAGASCAR HISSING COCKROACHES,

THEY HISS EITHER IF THEY'RE SCARED,

ANGRY, TRYING TO BE A LEADER.

IT'S GREAT TO SEE SOMEONE YOU TAUGHT TAKE IN SOME OF

WHAT I TAUGHT HER, LEARNED MORE,

AND IS NOW PASSING IT ON TO OTHERS.

Shelby: AND NEXT WE HAVE OUR TIGHTROPE WALKERS.

I'M DOING MADAGASCAR BECAUSE ITS FEET CAN GET A BETTER GRIP.

[ DRUMROLL ]

[ TRIUMPHANT MUSIC PLAYS ]

[ APPLAUSE ]

WE ARE NOW GONNA USE A CANNON TO LAUNCH A ROACH

THROUGH THE HOOP OF FIRE AND ON TO OUR TARGET.

LET'S DO A COUNTDOWN FROM FIVE...

All: FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE!

[ CHEERING ]

-THAT WAS AWESOME! -WHOO!

AND SHE IS STILL ALIVE.

[ CHEERING ]

Gibbs: A LOT OF PEOPLE DO

A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS WITH INSECTS.

SHE SHOT THEM OUT OF THE CANNON,

AND THE FEMALE SURVIVED JUST FINE.

ANYONE WANT TO TOUCH HIM?

I THOUGHT SHELBY'S CIRCUS WAS VERY INSPIRING TO OTHER KIDS

TO START COLLECTIONS OF STUFF AND NOT TO BE AFRAID

BECAUSE I THINK SHE'S VERY BRAVE TO COLLECT THOSE,

'CAUSE MOST KIDS WOULDN'T DO THAT.

THIS IS THE FEMALE.

OUR CIRCUS WENT REALLY GOOD. AND THE ROACHES PERFORMED

PRETTY GOOD, I THOUGHT.

I THOUGHT I TOLD THE PEOPLE A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION.

Meg: I DEFINITELY BELIEVE THAT SHELBY IS EMPOWERED

THROUGH HER COLLECTION OF COCKROACHES.

AND SHE HELPS PEOPLE GET OVER THE CLICHE

THAT A LITTLE GIRL SHOULD BE AFRAID OF BUGS.

THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I GOT TO TOUCH A COCKROACH,

AND IT WAS FINE.

Morrey: IT'S PROBABLY A LIFE LEARNING LESSON FOR HER.

PEOPLE THINK A BUG IS A BUG, BUT IT'S MORE THAN THAT TO HER.

I MEAN, BUGS COULD TEACH US THINGS.

BUGS ARE IMPORTANT TO THE WORLD.

THEY HAVE THEIR PLACE IN THE WORLD JUST LIKE WE DO.

Shelby: FOR MY NEXT CIRCUS,

I'M THINKING ABOUT ADDING A STRONG ROACH CONTEST

AND MAYBE A ROACH JUGGLING AND ONE RIDING A BIKE.

Meg: SHELBY'S TALKED A LOT

ABOUT BEING AN ENTOMOLOGIST WHEN SHE GROWS UP.

I THINK I COULD DEFINITELY SEE THAT CAREER PATH FOR HER.

[ TUBA PLAYS "IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING" ]

MY NAME IS LOGAN HULS, AND I'M 13 YEARS OLD.

AND THE SOUND OF VACUUMS IS MUSIC TO MY EARS.

[ GRIEG'S "IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING" PLAYS ]

[ VACUUM MOTOR WHIRS ]

HEY, LOGAN.

[ VACUUM MOTOR STOPS ]

TIME TO SHUT IT OFF.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY, THANKS.

YEP.

[ VACUUM MOTOR STARTS ]

VACUUM CLEANERS DON'T TAKE OVER MY LIFE.

THEY ARE MY LIFE.

I OWN AT LEAST 109 VACUUM CLEANERS.

I WOULD LIKE TO REACH AT LEAST 150 TO 175.

THIS IS CALLED A HOOVER WINDTUNNEL.

THE ORIGINAL HOOVER WAS ACTUALLY INVENTED IN 1908

BY A JANITOR IN ENGLAND, JAMES MURRAY SPANGLER.

I HAVE 12 KIRBY'S IN MY COLLECTION.

I LIKE HOW THEY'RE MADE OF ALUMINUM.

SO THAT WAY, THEY'RE VERY DURABLE.

THEY USE SOME OF THIS METAL ON THE SPACE SHUTTLE.

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE KIRBYS.

IT'S A KIRBY LEGEND II.

ITS SUCTION, COMPARED TO ANY OTHER VACUUM,

IS PROBABLY THE MOST.

THIS IS ONE OF MY OLDEST VACUUM CLEANERS.

THIS IS CALLED AN ELECTROLUX XXX

VACUUM CLEANER.

THIS WAS MADE IN 1951.

AND IT REWINDS ITSELF.

I CAN NAME 30 VACUUMS IN 30 SECONDS.

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO.

HOOVER ELITE SUPREME, DIRT DEVIL UPRIGHT DELUXE,

KIRBY G3, KIRBY G4, KIRBY G5,

ELECTROLUX OLYMPIA ONE, KENMORE WHISPERTONE,

BISSELL POWERSTEAMER, KENT DURAVAC,

DYSON DC21, EUREKA QUICK-UP,

DIRT DEVIL BREEZE, DIRT DEVIL SIMPLI STICK,

HOOVER WITH SOFTGUARD, EUREKA THE BOSS,

BISSELL CLEANVIEW HELIX, BISSELL PROHEAT,

HOOVER RUNABOUT, HOOVER SOFTGUARD,

KENMORE WHISPERTONE, KIRBY HERITAGE,

DIRT DEVIL VISION CYCLONIC, BINGO.

[ BELL RINGING ]

I AM VERY PROUD OF MY COLLECTION.

SINCE I HAVE 109 VACUUMS, THEY ARE RANGING FROM AT LEAST

$50 TO $3,500, AT LEAST.

Leann: LOGAN'S VACUUMS ARE IN PRETTY WELL EVERYWHERE IN THE HOUSE.

EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY, I SWEAR, IS FILLED WITH VACUUMS.

Kenneth: WHEN HE GETS HIS VACUUMS TOGETHER,

HE'LL PUT IT IN AN ORDERLY FASHION.

THE CORD IS WRAPPED PROPERLY, THE HANDLE'S UPRIGHT.

HE'S CONSTANTLY TRYING TO GROUP IT AS IF HE'S DISPLAYING IT.

THIS IS MY PRIDE AND JOY OF ALL MY COLLECTION.

LOGAN'S PRIZE VACUUM IS HIS KIRBY HERITAGE.

AND THIS IS THE ONE THAT HE HAS ON DISPLAY

IN THE DISPLAY CASE IN OUR KITCHEN.

I LOVE HOW IT FEELS WHEN I USE IT.

I TRY TO KEEP IT NICE AND CLEAN.

I TRY TO POLISH IT EVERY DAY.

I JUST LOVE IT.

Narrator: LOGAN SPENDS OVER TWO HOURS A DAY

SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR UNCOMMON VACUUMS.

ONE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PIECE CONTINUES

TO ELUDE HIS GRASP.

Logan: THE KIRBY SANITRONIC, IT'S FROM THE '60s, PRETTY RARE.

I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS VACUUM FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW.

THIS WOULD BE THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSION

I WOULD EVER OWN.

IT'S A HOLY GRAIL OF ALL MY VACUUMS.

LOGAN'S START ON VACUUMS

HAPPENED AT A VERY, VERY EARLY AGE.

Kenneth: HE WAS ABOUT 2 YEARS OLD.

HE JUST PULLED IT OUT OF A CLOSET

WHEN HE STARTED WALKING.

AND BEFORE YOU KNEW IT, OUR FLOORS WERE CLEAN.

HE WAS PUTTING MY VACUUM AWAY FOR ME

WHEN I WAS TRYING TO DO HOUSEWORK.

HE'S BEEN OBSESSED EVER SINCE.

AS HE GOT OLDER, THOUGH, HE WOULD REQUEST THEM FOR, LIKE,

HIS BIRTHDAY OR FOR CHRISTMAS.

Logan: THIS IS A DIRT DEVIL DYNAMITE.

THIS WAS MY VERY FIRST ELECTRIC VACUUM CLEANER.

I GOT THIS ONE FOR CHRISTMAS WHEN I WAS 4 YEARS OLD.

I STILL USE IT TO THIS DAY.

LOGAN IS ATTRACTED TO THE VACUUMS

FOR WHATEVER REAL REASONS

THAT I WILL PROBABLY NEVER, EVER TRULY COMPREHEND.

BUT I THINK THERE IS A ELEMENT THAT IT CAN SOOTHE.

Logan: I LOVE HOW ALL THESE VACUUMS WORK,

AND I LOVE HOW THEY SOUND,

AND I LOVE HOW THEY FEEL WHEN I USE THEM.

Leann: IT MAKES HIM HAPPY.

IT'S AN ENLIGHTENMENT

THAT YOU SEE ON HIS FACE WHEN HE GETS A NEW ONE.

-THERE YOU GO. -HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

OH...MY...GOD!

[ LAUGHS ]

Narrator: THE ONLY THING 13-YEAR-OLD LOGAN HULS

OF SIBLEY, IOWA, LIKES MORE THAN THE SOUND

OF ONE OF HIS OVER 100 VACUUM CLEANERS

IS THE FEELING OF ONE IN HIS HANDS.

I FEEL JOY WHEN I VACUUM.

I ALWAYS VACUUM AT LEAST THREE, FOUR TIMES A DAY

JUST TO GET THAT NICE FEELING.

HE GETS UP IN THE MORNING.

HE CRANKS THE VACUUM ON, VACUUMS HIS BEDROOM.

THEN, WHEN HE COMES DOWN THE STAIRS,

VACUUMS THE LIVING ROOM.

Leann: AND THEN, THROUGH MY LIVING ROOM,

THROUGH THE DINING ROOM AND THEN MY KITCHEN.

AND HE WILL COME HOME FROM SCHOOL, THEN VACUUM AGAIN.

IT MAKES ME FEEL KIND OF ANNOYED

BECAUSE THERE'S ALWAYS A VACUUM RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE,

AND I CAN'T REALLY CONCENTRATE ON WHAT I WANT TO DO.

Logan: I USUALLY LIKE TO GO TO OTHER PLACES TO VACUUM.

MY MOM WORKS AT THE HAIR SALON, SO I LIKE TO GO THERE.

Leann: HE LIKES TO COME DOWN HERE, OBVIOUSLY,

AND DO SOME VACUUMING OF THE HAIR.

AND, OF COURSE, WE NEED IT DONE DAILY.

AND SO HE WILL COME DOWN AND DO IT DAILY HERE.

AND THEN, WHEN I'M DONE AT MY MOM'S SALON,

MY DAD'S A FIRE CHIEF, SO I VACUUM THE FIRE HALL.

Kenneth: I LIKE HAVING LOGAN DOWN HERE AT THE FIRE HALL

BECAUSE FIREMEN ARE THE DIRTIEST GUYS IN THE WORLD SOMETIMES,

WHICH YOU CAN'T HELP.

AND HE'S TAKES CARE OF IT.

HE'S LIKE MY MAID, IF YOU WILL.

BUT HE MAKES SURE HE CLEANS.

I HAVE THE CLEANEST TRUCKS IN NORTHWEST IOWA.

AND IF HE RUNS OUT OF TRUCKS TO DO AND THE FLOORS TO DO,

HE'LL BE OUT IN THE BAY SUCKING UP THE CRACKS.

Logan: AND I KEEP ON VACUUMING UNTIL IT'S ALL DONE,

AND THEN I REPEAT EVERY DAY.

[ HORN HONKS ]

Leann: SIBLEY IS A SMALL TOWN. EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYONE.

AND THEY MAY NOT KNOW US DIRECTLY,

BUT THEY'LL BE, LIKE, "HEY. YOUR SON'S THE VACUUM KID."

Kenneth: NEXT THING YOU KNOW, WE'RE RECEIVING VACUUMS

FROM THESE PEOPLE THAT WERE BROKEN.

AND, UH, MOST OF THE PEOPLE

THOUGHT IT WAS JUST TO LET HIM PLAY WITH THEM

AND EXPERIMENT WITH THEM AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

BUT NOW HE'S REPAIRING THEM AND HANDING IT BACK TO THEM,

SAYING, "HERE'S YOUR VACUUM BACK."

AND THEY'RE GOING, "I JUST GAVE IT TO YOU TO PLAY WITH.

I DIDN'T EXPECT IT RETURNED IN WORKING CONDITION."

[ DOORBELL RINGS ]

Logan: I WANTED TO ADD TO MY COLLECTION.

-HEY, BRENDA. -HI, LOGAN.

GOT A VACUUM FOR YOU.

SO I CREATED A BUSINESS --

LOGAN'S MIRACLE WORKS VACUUM CLEANER REPAIRS.

SHOULD BE.

OKAY. THANK YOU.

EVERY TIME I FIX A VACUUM CLEANER,

I FEEL LIKE A DETECTIVE TRYING TO FIND OUT A CRIME.

SOME SCREWS, WHICH I CAN...

I USUALLY TRY TO DIG DEEP, FAR INTO THE VACUUM.

IF I FIND SOMETHING ODD-LOOKING, I ALWAYS TAKE THAT APART

AND PUT A NEW ONE BACK IN, AND THEN, VOIL.

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART ABOUT FIXING A VACUUM CLEANER

IS HAVING TO TEST THE VACUUM CLEANER TO SEE IF IT RUNS.

I USE GLITTER AS MY TEST DUST

BECAUSE IT'S ONE OF THE HARDEST SUBSTANCES TO VACUUM UP.

[ VACUUM MOTOR WHIRS ]

PERFECT.

Leann: LOGAN'S GONNA BE TURNING 14 PRETTY SOON.

HE HAS ASKED FOR A VACUUM-THEMED PARTY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

Anthony: VACUUM-THEMED PARTY, I THINK IT'S, LIKE,

THE FIRST OF IT'S KIND.

Logan: MY VERY FIRST VACUUM-THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY,

IT'S BEEN A DREAM OF MINE FOR A VERY LONG TIME NOW.

I CALL THIS GAME VACUUM BALL.

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!

[ VACUUM MOTORS WHIRRING ]

Logan: THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO GET A PING-PONG BALL

ACROSS TO THE OTHER'S GOAL.

WHOA!

[ CHEERING ]

Morgan: WE HAD THESE VACUUMS FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS,

AND I FINALLY FOUND A GAME TO PLAY WITH THEM...

[ CHEERING ]

...'CAUSE I THOUGHT THEY WERE SO BORING.

-WHOA! -OH!

-LOOK AT THAT. -WOW.

[ BLOWS ]

HEY! ALL RIGHT!

-ALL RIGHT. -YEAH.

HOW IS IT?

AWESOME.

THIS IS THE BEST VACUUM CAKE I EVER HAD.

-HERE, LOGAN. -HERE YOU GO.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

WOW! LOOK AT THE PACKAGING.

OH...MY...GOD!

IT'S A KIRBY SANITRONIC!

[ LAUGHS ]

WHEN HE OPENED UP THAT GIFT, I THOUGHT HE WAS GONNA CRY

FOR A BIT THERE.

BUT HE -- HE WAS REALLY SURPRISED

TO SEE THAT VACUUM CLEANER.

HOLY COW!

THIS IS THE BEST GIFT EVER!

THIS IS THE MOST PERFECT BIRTHDAY GIFT

I COULD EVER RECEIVE IN ALL MY YEARS OF LIFE.

Leann: SOME PEOPLE THINK IT'S VERY, VERY UNUSUAL

TO HAVE A CHILD WHO COLLECTS VACUUM CLEANERS.

I DON'T THINK THAT ANYTHING ELSE WOULD BE LOGAN.

I MEAN, THIS IS LOGAN.

Kenneth: PEOPLE HAVE ASKED HIM, "DON'T THEY TEASE YOU A LOT?"

HE SAYS, "YEAH, EVERY DAY."

HE SAYS, "I GET TEASED ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME.

BUT SOME DAY, SOME DAY, THEY'LL BE WORKING FOR ME."

HE IS MY SON. THIS IS WHAT HE'S GONNA DO, SO WE'RE GOOD.

Kendra: PREPARING FOR

THE "GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS,"

WE WENT THROUGH EACH CASE, COUNTED EACH LURE.

I GUESS EVERY FISHERMAN HAS HIS OWN FISH STORY,

BUT THAT WAS THE BIGGEST BASS THAT I KNOWINGLY EVER LOST.

THE FISH GOT THAT FAR FROM THE NET.

IT OPENED ITS MOUTH, AND THE BAIT JUST WENT BOOP.

IT POPPED OUT.

IF I'D HAVE HAD ONE OF THE KIDS' LURES,

THAT FISH PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN AWAY.

MY NAME IS WILL "SPIKE" YOCUM.

I'M 12 YEARS OLD, AND I COLLECT FISHING LURES.

MY NAME IS KATIE YOCUM.

I'M 8 YEARS OLD, AND I COLLECT FISHING LURES,

BUT MINE ARE PINK.

I STARTED WHEN I WAS 4, AND I HAD FIVE,

BUT NOW I HAVE OVER 3,500.

I HAVE 400 LURES, AND THEY'RE ALL PINK.

Will: THE REASON THAT THEY CALL THEM A RAT-L-TRAP

IS BECAUSE WHENEVER YOU SHAKE THEM, THEY RATTLE.

[ LURE RATTLES ]

I FIND THEM VERY INTERESTING BECAUSE NO RAT-L-TRAP

IS THE SAME BECAUSE OF ALL THE DIFFERENT COLORS

AND SHAPES AND SIZES.

Katie: I DON'T COLLECT A CERTAIN SHAPE OR SIZE.

I JUST COLLECT PINK FISHING LURES.

THESE TWO BAITS HERE CAN CATCH THE SAME FISH.

THIS ONE CAN CATCH A BASS, AND SO CAN THIS ONE.

I HAVE ABOUT 500 SIGNATURE LURES.

LIKE, THIS ONE HERE HAS BEEN SIGNED BY FISH FISHBURNE,

ONE OF THE VERY FIRST PROS I'VE MET.

I GOT THIS SIGNED BY DEBBIE WARNER.

SHE IS A PROFESSIONAL FISHING LADY.

AND IT IS ALSO PINK.

Kendra: KATIE AND SPIKE ARE NIGHT-AND-DAY DIFFERENT

IN THEIR COLLECTIONS, IN THEIR ATTITUDES,

THEIR BEHAVIORS, IN EVERYTHING THEY DO.

SPIKE LIKES TO TELL HER THAT HE HAS MORE LURES THAN SHE DOES.

SHE DOESN'T PARTICULARLY CARE.

AS LONG AS KATIE HAS A PINK LURE,

SHE DOESN'T CARE IF SHE HAS 3 OR 3,000.

Will: I WOULD SAY MY ENTIRE COLLECTION'S VALUE

WOULD BE AROUND $12,000.

Kendra: SPIKE'S COLLECTION STARTED WHEN HE WAS 4.

HE WENT WITH MY DAD TO FISHING LURE SHOWS AND FLEA MARKETS.

WELL, HE SAID, "OKAY, POP-POP, THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO COLLECT."

Kendra: HE'S NOW 12 AND HAS WELL OVER 5,000.

IN MY FANTASY DREAM, I WOULD PROBABLY HAVE ABOUT 7,000 LURES.

OKAY, SO WHAT KIND OF ADDITION ARE YOU GUYS LOOKING TO ADD ON?

Ed: WHEN SPIKE FIRST STARTED COLLECTING THE LURES,

HE JUST HAD A FEW HERE AND THERE AROUND THE HOUSE.

AND AS IT'S GROWN AND GROWN, IT'S...

TAKEN OVER OUR LIFE AND OUR HOME.

PRETTY MUCH TAKEN OVER EVERYTHING, YEAH.

WE HAVE TO BUILD ON TO OUR HOUSE TO HAVE SOME MORE ROOM.

Smutney: WE'VE GOT LAID OUT FOR A 40-FOOT-BY-40-FOOT ADDITION.

I'VE DONE QUITE A FEW ADDITIONS IN MY LIFE,

BUT I'VE NEVER HAD TO DO AN ADDITION

TO HOUSE A COLLECTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE.

WE LOOKED IN THE "GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS"

TO SEE IF THERE WERE ANY OTHER PEOPLE

WITH FISHING LURE COLLECTIONS.

WE FOUND ONE GENTLEMAN WHO HAD 1,000.

AND WE KNEW, RIGHT THEN, THAT WE HAD WAY MORE THAN THAT.

PREPARING FOR THE "GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS,"

WE WENT THROUGH EACH CASE AND COUNTED EACH LURE,

MADE SURE THERE WERE NO DUPLICATES

AND INVENTORIED THEM.

Donna: I WAS IN CHARGE OF COUNTING.

AND AFTER MANY DAYS OF THIS,

WE HAVE COME UP WITH A FINAL TOTAL OF...

3,563.

AND WE ARE SO HOPING THAT THE FINAL TOTAL

WILL BE THE MAGIC NUMBER TO GET HIM INTO THE...

I'M SORRY.

"GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS."

"GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS."

HOW ARE YOU?

SPIKE, I'M MICHAEL FROM GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.

NICE TO MEET YOU.

NICE TO MEET YOU.

I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE YOUR COLLECTION.

Empric: SOME OF OUR BIGGEST FANS AT GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ARE KIDS.

SO TO ACHIEVE THAT TITLE AND MAKE IT INTO THE BOOK

IS A HUGE ACHIEVEMENT.

AND IT BREAKS MY HEART,

BUT SOMETIMES THEY DON'T MAKE IT.

SO I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SEE WHAT HE'S GOT TODAY.

SO, HOW MANY DO YOU THINK IT IS?

3,563.

AND NO DUPLICATES, RIGHT?

-NO. -OKAY.

Katie: I'M EXCITED FOR SPIKE

BECAUSE I KNOW THIS IS A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT.

SPIKE, I'M ABOUT TO GET STARTED COUNTING.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROCESS?

NOT REALLY.

OKAY.

NOBODY ELSE IN TOWN, THAT I KNOW OF,

HAS BEEN IN THE BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS.

SO I THINK IT'LL BE PRETTY NEAT TO BE IN IT.

-VERY GOOD. -CASE NUMBER TWO.

Kendra: MY MOM'S VERY NERVOUS.

OH, MY GOD. SHE IS JUST A BASKET CASE.

Donna: WE ARE ALL ON PINS AND NEEDLES.

AND I'M JUST HOPING THAT I DID NOT MAKE A MISTAKE.

SPIKE, ARE YOU READY FOR THE RESULTS?

MM-HMM.

I'VE COUNTED AND VERIFIED THE LURES

AND CHECKED THE NUMBERS.

I'VE VERIFIED THAT THEY'RE ALL DIFFERENT.

AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT YOU HAD...

...3,563, WHICH IS A NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TITLE.

[ CHEERING ]

Donna: I WAS SO AFRAID THAT THE COUNT WAS OFF.

I'M JUST THRILLED BEYOND WORDS.

CONGRATULATIONS. I'D LIKE TO WELCOME YOU

TO THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS FAMILY.

YOU ARE OFFICIALLY AMAZING.

GREAT JOB.

THANK YOU.

Katie: IT MAKES ME FEEL PROUD OF MY BROTHER THAT

HE'S IN THE "GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS."

BUT I WOULD NEVER TRADE MY COLLECTION

FOR HIS BECAUSE MINE ARE PINK AND PINK IS BETTER.

Will: I WOULD NEVER TRADE MY COLLECTION

FOR A PINK COLLECTION

'CAUSE I DON'T LIKE PINK.

The Description of My Kid's Obsession