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Yet another anecdote attesting to the eccentricity of Howard Hughes. The famously germophobic Hughes insisted on storing his urine in large glass bottles (each carefully labeled and dated) in a garage near his home. As the number of "volumes" in his collection increased, he employed an assistant whose sole responsibility was to count and watch over them.

[Hughes grew so terrified of germs that he insisted his wife have a separate bedroom (and a separate refigerator). He never allowed anyone else to touch his food and insisted that doctors examine him from the other side of the room. In his later years, he reportedly spent two days cleaning a telephone in his closet.]

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