Do you know someone who likes to take home the coasters from pubs or restaurants after dinner or drinks? If so, we have a new nickname you can use for them: Tegestologist!
(Much nicer than labelling them as a ‘Weird or Crazy’ collector of coasters, don’t you think?)
What is Tegestology?
Tegestology is the name given to the collection and study of coasters. Like a lot of ‘ology’ words, this one has Latin roots – ‘tegestos’ translates as ‘small reed mat’.
Whilst this hobby may seem a bit wacky, or even pointless to you, there really are people dedicated to building impressive collections of beer mats and coasters. Some coasters are even considered collectibles by the worldwide tegestology community, and in fact can be highly valuable with some collectible coasters being valued at over $1000!
The pursuit of coaster collecting is definitely considered to be serious business for some people. Leo Pisker from Austria, for example, sits in the Guinness World Records for having the largest collection. It features more than 150,000 coasters from over 190 different countries (and we can safely assume these numbers have increased even more since he was entered into the records book!).
Interested in Learning More About Tegestology?
Beer coasters are particular popular for collecting and are easy to find! There are websites and online forums devoted to the interesting world of Tegestology, such as Beermat Mania. If this is a hobby that may interest you, then a quick Google search for ‘tegestology’ or ‘coaster collecting’ will provide you with further information or advice on how to get started.
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