Thermometer Man is the perfect name for the 83-year-old Richard T. Porter. He has the biggest collection of thermometers, almost 5000 in different shapes and sizes. Before losing his daughter to a brain tumor he promised her to do something with his collection, and therefore he opened The Porter Thermometer Museum in the small village where he lives; Onset in Wareham Massachusetts.
He began to collect when he was a science teacher for a junior high, because he used thermometers a lot in classes. He has given the National Weather Museum in Penn State the permission to take his whole collection when he is no more around. Porter has some stories to tell when it comes to his travelling through every state and 20 other countries to collect thermometers, and the collection is also in Guinness Record Book.
Aside from collecting them he has fixed many broken thermometers, and has a good reputation around that so that people all the way from New Zealand are sending him their broken thermometers.