He may be known for launching a global brand or his mansion full of bunnies, but Playboy founder Hugh Hefner set a world record for his scrapbooking hobby before his death. The 91-year-old is currently listed in the Guinness World Record book for owning the largest scrapbook collection in the world.
With over 3,000 leather-bound books, Hugh kept a detailed account of everything that has happened behind the doors of the Playboy mansion, including photos of its very famous visitors. However, he didn't do the crafting by himself. He had a full-time scrapbooker and was known to spend his Saturdays in his scrapbooking room. Yes, the world's most famous lothario had a scrapbooking room.
His record-breaking collection made several appearances on his reality show The Girls Next Door, and his ex-girlfriend Holly Madison revealed in her memoir Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, that she was at one time responsible for organizing the books. Hugh even continued the tradition on his Instagram page, captioning his throwback posts #ScrapbookSaturdays.
In a 2013 write-up on Hugh in Esquire, his hobby was detailed in depth. "On Saturdays Hefner puts the books together and writes captions. (They are still typewritten with the same typewriter wheel so that the font will remain consistent from beginning to end)," the story read. Hugh also explained that his hobby is what inspired him to start Playboy in the first place, "It's all kind of interconnected. The magazine is a professional version of the same thing."
Following his death, Hugh's final wish was that his obituaries fill the last pages of the remaining scrapbook. "I don't really like to think about that," his archivist Steve Martinez, who has overseen his collection for more than 20 years, said at the time. "That's not a very nice thing to think about."